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May 15, 2004

MT 3.0 licensing - quit whining already!

I've been holding off commenting on the whole lot of hell raised all over the blogging community by the MovableType 3.0 licensing "swindle". The reason I've been holding off is because somehow it didn't feel right that my point of view on this should be expressed with a single sentence: if you don't want to pay for the new version, what's wrong with just using the old one?!

Yep, somehow it seemed wrong that everybody (or at least, everybody who was whining) should have missed such a simple fact, so I held off stating it lest somebody point out some obvious flaw. However, there seems to be no flaw in that, other than more whining like 'but the old version does not have all the super-duper features of the new one' - hell, it was good enough for us to use until now, how come it is suddenly *not* good enough?

The reason I *am* writing this now is that Dan Sugalski has written this up much, much better than I would have. So before y'all start flaming my position, please read his explanation and tell me what exactly is wrong with it. Thanks, Dan!

Posted by roam at May 15, 2004 03:43 PM


"Irony: Bloggers all over the world using their free copies of Movable Type to bitch and moan about the new version, which asks people to pay for it."


Posted by: anima at May 15, 2004 07:39 PM

Better yet, Mena specifically stated that they weren't going to enforce it (the licensing)- well, in the best way possible. They said it more in "lax" terms.

I don't understand all of this kind worked like a trickle down effect. The good bloggers wrote on about how this might affect the blogging community to come, gave good examples, and gave a good resolution stating that the blogging community wouldn't be hurt (it won't, just use an old version for christ sake- or don't screw yourself with too many authors at least?). The other people saw the price and went on a tangent- and blogged about that. People are just being stupid- raising the red flag whenever they want to get a lot of comments, be in the "in-crowd," or just plain try to smear good people.

Its kind of giving me a headache just trying to think about all of it. :-)

Posted by: david at May 23, 2004 12:47 PM