Automattic’s roots are open source. Several of our engineering teams actively contribute to open source and view it as part of our four freedoms. As our CEO Matt Mullenweg puts it, “Good ideas aren’t the sole province of groups of people behind high walls, and software shouldn’t be either.”
Of course, WordPress.org is the base of the software used to power WordPress.com. And WordPress.com is synced nearly daily with the WordPress trunk. An Automattic team works full-time on the open source publishing platform WordPress, and we make public our discussions about our work.
We contribute to a number of projects (also including WP for iOS, WP for Android, P2 Theme, BuddyPress, bbPress, WP Job Manager, and WordCamp US), making most of our work available via the GPL.
However, we also understand (thanks to our engineering team’s recent user study on tech hiring) that our open source commitment can be a double-edged sword for some candidates and employees. We recognize the time commitment and open source culture isn’t for everyone and, as Cate Huston, lead of the Developer Experience team wrote, “We’re considering how to improve our messaging on this important value for our company.”
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Our team and open-source products are supporting a world-class developer experience and the Web3 movement. We also collaborate closely with the top teams in the space, and contribute regularly to other open-source projects.
Long-term, we’ll move governance of Ceramic Network entirely to our community. We are building the foundations for that now, with a CIP (Ceramic Improvement Proposal) process and a commitment to work with our ecosystem contributors and emerging community leaders.
Open source is at the heart of everything we do. Our groundbreaking decentralized stream processing network, our open identity framework, and our developer SDKs are all permissive and open. It’s an exciting time to join the team as we recently raised a $30M Series A, which will help us launch Ceramic 2.0 and directly impact the next foundational Web3 infrastructure.
We are part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and are also proud sponsors of the Python Software Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation, Outreachy, the Open Source Initiative, and Software Freedom Conservancy. Through our FOSS Contributor Fund we help sustain open source that is important to Indeed, and we support a number of open source contributors directly using the GitHub Sponsors for Companies program.
Some of our open source projects include:
Learn more about Open Source at Indeed.
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