A Little History (from http://wordpress.org/about/)
WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPL. It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on user experience and web standards we can create a tool different from anything else out there.
2005 was a very exciting year for WordPress, as it saw the release of our 1.5 version (introduced themes) which was downloaded over 900,000 times, the start of hosted service WordPress.com to expand WP's reach, the founding of Automattic by several core members of the WP team, and finally the release of version 2.0.
In 2006 we had 1,545,703 downloads, in 2007 we had 3,816,965!
Benefits to Fedora
For Fedora, WordPress provides many benefits including security, plugins and a large feature set. In addition, many people use WordPress as a CMS these days and there is quite a bit of development focused on WordPress as a CMS.
- PHP version 4.3 or greater
- MySQL version 4.0 or greater
- (Optional) Apache mod_rewrite module (for clean URIs known as Permalinks)
We recommend Linux with either the Apache or NGINX web-servers as the most robust platforms for running WordPress, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do. If your host doesn't support one of these platforms, and mod_rewrite, you will probably be better off switching to one of the many hosting providers that do offer those choices.
Like to have
L10n that doesn't break the translator workflow
I am unclear as to this reference and what it implies. If there is a document that defines this functionality, I can re-explain it to the WordPress developer, Joseph Scott, and he may be able to give a better explanation.
This information was gained from a chat with Joseph Scott who works for Automattic and is a WordPress developer. This chat was archived and can be read at WordPress IRC Chat Interview.