Revolution Theme Going Open Source: Brian Gardner’s Revolution Theme for WordPress is going 100% Open Source. All the themes that are currently on Brian’s Revolution site will no longer be available as or October 31st and will be replaced with a set of new themes that will be developed and released under the GPL. The original Revolution themes will continue to be supported for those who have purchased them in the past. The new GPL themes will also be sold in packages that include support, access to customizations, tutorials and other items. Brian explains his decision in the linked post, talks about his plans for the future of Revolution and explains why he chose to remove the original Revolution themes from his site.
I have met Brian at various conferences and we have become friends. In our past discussions on valid and financially viable models for theme developers and designers to adopt, Brian had expressed his concerns on adopting the GPL for his themes. Not that I had anything to do with this decision (I did not) but I had asked him to take a closer look and I had assured him that the community he could build around GPL themes would be supportive and would respond very positively. I applaud this move. Matt also posted about this change. Disclosure: Revolution Theme is an advertiser on this blog.