Abandoned themes and addons - c5.7 or v81 user found helpful
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I am the dev, and I do not have time to continue the develpment/porting of
those. (that said, I still have a few licenses active, and no support
We interacted a bit in the past and I helped him with a few things so I sent him a PM to ask if he was alright. I never heard back from him.
It would probably be a good idea to keep an eye on his stuff to see if users are increasingly complaining about issues with no support.
I just made all my add-ons free, and just add a possibility for paid support.
It seems that Supermint stopped working.
If anyone is OK.
I will edit the Supermint theme to remove the compatibility of 8.2.1 and later
a) the developer to make changes
b) the developer to give it a GPL or MIT or other permissive license, so others can make changes and distribute.
I sincerely hope the developer could do the updates or allow others to do it.
The underlying issue is that even though abandoned, ownership and license rights remain with the developer.
Ideally, I would like to see a clause in the marketplace license that defines 'abandoned' and makes anything that has become 'abandoned' open source such as MIT or GPL. However, there are no doubt legal complexities involved beyond my knowledge. Also, I doubt if such a change can be applied retrospectively without the consent of the addon/theme developer. If they are not answering, then changes can't be made.
But the situation is worse when it comes to themes and add-ons with the c5 site itself. What is going to happen to all the beautiful themes and add-ons developed for 5.6? Many of them remain still operational and being used in many sites. Will the authors be ready to make them available in any other platform or will make them 'open source'? I think its the time for authors to declare their plan and action.
More than that. the situation cannot be worse when the themes and add-ons are left orphan with 5.8. I have seen the themes 'fruitful', 'supermint', 'anitya' and 'vedana' remain without any answers from their authors. We know that the situation will affect the credibility of this beautiful CMS itself. I think there should be a clause in the license to convert any theme or addon to opensource if the author remains unattentive for a stipulated number of days. Or, there should be some arrangements from C5 to ensure all the themes and add-ons remain attended, even though I do not have suggestions on how to make it possible.