my take on the new movable type licensing/software
I thought I had retired the movable type gripes category, but alas and alack, Mena, Ben, Anil and the rest of that wacky six apart crew has given much of the blog happy internet reason to groan this week.
I have been waiting for MT3 to come out for a long time. I participated in the alpha and the beta and i have to say i am not impressed. Not that 3.0 is not a good piece of software, but it is almost purely an update to 2.6 with a new layout for the admin tool. The only 2 new features are the ATOM API support, which is incredibly poorly documented, and the TypeKey integration. Now, I understand that sixapart wants to have a lovely little monopoly on the blogging tools market, but i don't want someone who comments on my site to have to register with my site OR anyone else's to call me a jackass or suggest a link I missed for a story. They did add comment moderation, which is what i have been waiting for, but the math just doesn't add up for this update.
I run almost a dozen blogs for friends and family with movable type simply because i can control it and just turn them loose with a simple username and password. No muss, no fuss for me as sysadmin and friend helping friend. Now, with this new license, I will have to shell out $700 bucks just so my wife can keep our friends and family aprised of the girl's latest exploits, her friend can ramble, I can ramble and keep track of some code updates and friends can archive their dream lives.
Now, call me crazy, but that is bullshit. Ben Trott writes some beautiful perl code, but the thing about a blogging system is that they are not terribly complicated. And movable type has yet to add anything terribly compelling to make me care about it more than Blosxom (perl) or WordPress (php).
Feh. I expected more. Especially since they took their sweet time getting a new version together. And now they have money! Funding and everything, and they come out with a mediocre product and an outrageous price tag. Feh.
So, i think I will keep my 2.661 install for friends and family and then start looking for greener pastures for myself. As if I don't have enough to do.