Three point Oh Dee

A week or so after the entire web exploded with a new found hatred towards six apart after they released Movable Type 3.0 Developer Edition I upgraded my MT.

This is probably against what everyone and their mother seems to be doing these days because they don’t like that MT isn’t free anymore, or at least free for them to do as they wish with it. I myself think, like many other IT people who’s blogs and comments I found but lost their links to, that $.50 for each download of such a great commercial product is ridiculous. It’s weird how people think that because something has been a status quo that it should stay that way and continue on forever like it’s their God given right. I’m sure that it was a tough decision that Six Apart made when they decided to change licensing for version 3 but it makes perfect sense, especially when you consider that they also have TypePad. They needed to define the two products: one for personal use, one for commercial use. And if you don’t like it, you can always continue to use the previous versions - no one is forcing you to upgrade.

As for me, I’m currently in the comfort of the single author single blog totally free license. Which is nice. And I don’t mind not showing up in any recently update blogs list - I like to keep my existence secret as I have low upward bandwidth (40KBps tops). But if Kate decides to write a little again, or perhaps a couple of my other friends decide they want to try to, I would happily fork out the dough to get the personal edition.

Now as for what I like in MT 3.0 - the commenting system. I really love how I can just look at all the comments like I could with the entries, and further more how easy it is to ban IP addresses and the ability to approve comments. Having said that, if you post a comment and don’t see it that’s why. It’ll probably take me a couple of days to view the new comments and approve as it goes. If you have a TypeKey, your comments are automatically approved. I think its a good way to stop spammers for now anyways, though I suppose it does alienate a lot of people that don’t want anything to do with Six Apart now. Though I wish there was a way to add registered commenters that weren’t in the TypeKey system, that would be something.

Installing 3.0 was a little difficult - if not because it took me a good couple of hours to install all the perl modules that weren’t on the system but that MT had in its directory. I think I was able to get all the optional ones installed as well. There was just a little issue left with how to upgrade - (backup before doing anything) just delete everything in the MT program directory, copy in your new MT stuff, use your old mt-config, run mt-upgrade-version or something dot cgi and the run mt.cgi. At least I think that’s how I did it.

June 2, 2004 08:00 AM Software


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