I don’t personally care much about what was “miscommunicated” or what was simply changed by SixApart. What I care about is that instead of my previous calculation which brought the licensing fees I would have had to pay to use the new version of Movable Type for my current/ongoing projects to $600, I would now probably manage with the Personal Edition 13 authors license for $150. Mind you, it’s still expensive for me, but it’s not ludicrous anymore.
SixApart have also clarified what they mean by “weblog” in their licensing restrictions: a weblog is a site powered by Movable Type. If you use 5 different “system weblogs” to make up your site, it’s still just one weblog. I find this pretty reassuring. If the personal license you bought is missing a few authors/weblogs to make you happy, you can add individual licenses for $10 each (per extra author or weblog).
What am I going to do? Since the uproar yesterday, I’ve been doing two things: waiting for the dust to settle (and trust me, there is still a lot of it in the air) and, like others, looking pretty closely at WordPress.
When I left Blogger at the beginning of this year, I had been nastily tempted by WordPress. I had given up on it at the time because it was lacking a few functionalities I wanted, MT being a more mature application. Things have changed now, and between the hierarchical categories, the bunch of really sexy CSS templates, and the fact that I can find the development team on Freenode (not even mentioning that WordPress is completely free), it is a very attractive alternative to MT for me.
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- Cheese Sandwich Blog [en] (2005)
- Rebirth of the Book Project [en] (2011)
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- Blogging in the Morning: Lift12, 3615, StartupWeekend [en] (2012)
- Scripts for a WordPress Weblog Farm [en] (2004)
- Split Identity Crisis [en] (2005)
- Recommend Bloggers (and Podcasters!) for LeWeb'11 Accreditation [en] (2011)
- Tags and Categories are not the Same! [en] (2006)
- Going Solo Venues, Open Stage, and Link Love [en] (2008)
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