Now that everyone seems to be pissing and moaning about the licensing fees for MovableType 3.0 (or migrating to WordPress), I see that Mena has posted a clarification of sorts. Not only that, they've made a few adjustments to their plans based on all the feedback they've received. (Gee, just maybe they're not evil after all?)
As Brad notes, their definition of weblog for licensing purposes is different than the definition of weblog in MovableType. That seems to have been a big source of confusion and frustration for those who didn't actually know that. (Duh, right?)
As for me? Well, I've been perpetually slow when it comes to upgrading my MT install anyway. I'm sure I'll get around to upgrading to MT 3.0 at some point. But first is has to be released. And even then, I need to understand why I should bother. The MT 2.5x and 2.6x versions have served me well for quite a while and with the addition of MT-Blacklist, I really don't find myself wishing for features that don't exist.
Besides, I place a high enough value on my personal time (yes, actual dollars per hour) that switching to another system will certainly be far more expensive than staying where I'm at or paying for a full-blown MT 3.x license. I'm sure the switch would be a multi-hour process and that's after I evaluated and selected from the popular options.
But maybe that's just me.
I was one of the folks who donated to Ben and Mena way back whenever it was that I sent them some cash. Why'd I do it? Was it to get the key that allowed my weblog to be noted on their site every time it updated? Hardly. I was impressed as hell with what they built and were giving away for free. And I still am.
I'm not in High School making $5 an hour anymore. I can afford to pay for stuff that saves me hours every single month.
I never realized how many folks in the blog echo chamber were so cost-sensitive and willing to jump the gun and turn their backs on a fantastic piece of software.
Well, now I know. So much for loyalty. The judgment has been largely instant and harsh.
Does this mean I'll never leave MovableType? Of course not. Don't be stupid. If something far better comes along or something else evolves to the point that it's worth my while, maybe I'll switch. But for the time being, I've got more important stuff to do and that includes writing here rather than trying to figure out how to replace a perfectly good piece of software that I have the source code for anyway.
Posted by jzawodn at May 15, 2004 08:51 AM