Movable Type no longer free

The blog software that I use to host this and other blogs is called Movable Type. Overall, I’ve found it to be excellent software, bar none.

Recently they’ve announced a new 3.0 version. While they still offer a free version, it’s limited to one author and three blogs. That automatically disqualifies me, since I have 5 blogs and 5 authors running on this site. Thankfully, I don’t have to upgrade, so we’ll just run version 2.64 for the foreseeable future.

Initially, I was very annoyed to see the new pricing schema. It seemed to be out of the blue. I read on Mena’s corner (Mena is a co-author of moveable type) about the change, as well as people’s reaction.

Then I listed to the interview with Ben and Mena (35 minute streaming mp3 interview). Hearing their motivations for the change, I couldn’t help but sympathize with them.

In short, MT has moved in a direction that is different from what I use it. They are heading in the direction of services, I use them as a software provider. They need income to fuel their business in the directions they want to take it. Sadly, that direction is away from my own needs, but at least it’s not the sort of thing that makes me angry. Or well.

  1. Heh, *you* didn’t get angry, but a *bunch* of other people did. There’s a mass movement away from MovableType afoot in the blogosphere.

  2. Aye, but that’s always the case with things like this. Webloggers are a fickle lot in general, with a short attention span.

    I agree that springing the license change on the community like that was a bit uncalled for. Other than that, I don’t have a big reason to get up in arms. Especially since the free version I have now does what I need it to do, in every respect.

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