The long standing jihad by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg against commercial WordPress themes may be coming to an end with news that Automattic is now embracing commercial themes.
Automattic has announced “The Theme Team” which according to the Blog Herald is a move to attract more quality theme developers as well as more themes for WP.com and WP.org.
Automattic’s Ian Stewart wrote on the WP.com official blog:
I’m super-excited to announce to you today that WordPress.com now has an official Theme Team. In a nutshell, we’re a bunch of people who really care about WordPress Themes and want to see them get better and better—on WordPress.com and for every WordPress.org user. And yes, that means we’re getting more themes, more often. […]
We will teach WordPress developers to become the best theme developers in the world. If you’re a WordPress theme developer—commercial or 100% free—we want to help you be the best.
No word as to whether this will extend to non-GPL themes (and we seriously doubt it will) but it’s a start anyway.