Movable Type now under a free license

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9 Responses to “Movable Type now under a free license”

  1. SleighBoy says:

    #2 (Eduardo Padoan) : Freedom is no restrictions. BSD operates on the assumption that people are good and will operate fairly (of course they all don’t..). But it gets the code out there and lets it be used by anybody how they wish. The basic mentality is to get the best possible code in use by all, for the good of everyone, and have it freely available for everyone.

    With BSD you’re not going to need to be calling in the lawyers when things get sticky.

    In the context of some blogging software I think it is important in principle to use BSD, but for things that matter like secure communications it’s nice to have (basically) everyone on the same page, using OpenSSH.

  2. Mark Jaquith says:

    As a (core) WordPress developer and supporter of Free software, this makes me very happy! It’s great that Movable Type is now part of the Free/Open Source community. Six Apart got a lot of flak (and I’d argue, deservedly so) in 2004 for the MT 3.0 licensing/pricing episode. But I really think they’ve grown as a company and have drastically improved their community relations, due in no small part to the efforts of Anil Dash. MTOS solidifies that comeback.

  3. SleighBoy says:

    As far as freedom goes, I’d say a BSD license is tops.

  4. Eduardo Padoan says:

    @ #1 (SleighBoy): Freedom to limit other people freedom makes no sense.
    For everyone else reading this: BSD licence permits re-licencing under closed-source (“proprietary”) licences. GPL has a restriction that re-licencing is allowed only to a compatible licence. Some say BSD licences are “more Free” because of that.

  5. maxlee says:

    Its great to hear it. This may experience popularity like wordpress and blogger.

  6. fredhead says:

    MT used to be free – then not so much after they got VC funding – now free again. Maybe this new interest in promoting freedom has something to do with more successful software like drupal?

  7. Aidan Thornton says:

    I like how they refer to memcached as a “Six Apart open source technology”. The reason that it’s open source is that it was by Danga, and they released nearly everything as open source, including most of the LiveJournal.com code. (Of course, I have some respect for Siz Apart for keeping nearly everything open source after they bought out Danga.)

    I suspect the real reason why they did this was the rising popularity of WordPress, which is open source, a lot cheaper and doesn’t require web hosting that supports Perl CGI…

  8. TheFirstMan says:

    A-fucking-men.

  9. paul beard says:

    It was never free as in speech, but for personal use was always free as in beer. I hope maybe now someone can fix its performance issues. Not sure how BB gets around them but there are plenty of former MT users (almost all on WordPress) who dropped it for that very reason. CGI is so last century.

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