Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


The Future of MovableType

Filed under: Art,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,News and Current Events,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:03 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

Frankly, it doesn’t look good.

First of all, if you’re not familiar with MovableType, it’s the system I currently use to blog. Well, over the past month, they’ve gone through some changes and had some “issues”.
First, there was the brouhaha about pricing. Then, there was the whole issue of licenseing. Now, frankly, it’s a matter of simple existance.
People kept posting on their blogs to go look at this interview with Ben and Mena Trott, because it would explain so much about what’s happening with MovableType. Well, it did, at least to me:

Mena Trott: ITs not going to scale. Movable Type will have to cease to exist in terms of development because it doesn’t pay its operational costs. And it will be interesting.

Hmm, that pretty well says it all, doesn’t it? Yes, that was actually Mena Trott in the aforementioned interview. Time to find a new blog system!


  1. I don’t follow this argument…
    If it works at the moment then whats the problem. As long as there are no more security alerts the software written today will still work in 6 months time.

    Comment by Andy — 6/1/2004 @ 11:16 am

  2. As long as you don’t change servers, or update PERL, that might be okay. Of course, if a security hole is found *later* and there’s no development… Well, better to go to a system that I know is still alive and kicking.

    At least, to my way of thinking. Obviously, not everyone will agree.

    Comment by Network Geek — 6/1/2004 @ 1:05 pm

  3. b2evolution did a pretty good job of importing my MT entries. I’ll have to go back manually and repair image paths, but so far its been relatively painless. I’m still not ready to go live, but it’s looking pretty good. I think I like. 😉

    Comment by Anne — 6/2/2004 @ 8:36 am

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