Line in the Sand
Ok, so Movable Type 3.0 has a pay structure now. It’s nothing to start whining about. Six Apart is a business. Good for them! They turn out a quality product that they have devoted their talents and energies to; they should be able to make a living from it if they can. Look past your wallet for two seconds and think. The good people at Six Apart have never made any promises other than there will always be a free version. And guess what? There is still a full, free version.
People feel like they have been betrayed… with all this talk of people jumping ship. Half of you would still fall into the free release category! Doesn’t anyone realize what MT will be turning into? If these people are making MT their livelihood, judging by their great track record, you can count on a quality product that will have a devoted team working to constantly make it better.
“So”, you say. “I have a site with 8 authors and I don’t want to pay”. You are telling me that you and your site-mates can’t scrounge up $19 each to run your site? How do you pay for hosting? How the hell do you pay for your internet connection?
I bought a key with my first version of MT because I believed in it. I still believe its a great piece of software that makes maintaining a site like mine a snap. It allows me to spend more time on the things I really want to do with my site and my time. If you use MT and like it, please realize that supporting them helps ensure MT stays every bit as good as it is now. MT’s new structure basically throws the doors open to the community and plug-in developers. Within a year’s time, due to the ongoing support of its dedicated user-base, MT will be so feature-rich you’ll have a headache just looking at all of the possibilities.
Isn’t there anything better to get all up in arms about? Too many of you are acting alarmed because you feel like you have to, this hive-mentality is ridiculous! If you have such a huge site, with so many authors, so many blogs and can’t find the funds, then just simply don’t upgrade right now. Hell, the latest version of MT is light on new features and more of a setup for greater things anyway. That will give you plenty of time to hold a bake sale or a community car wash to raise your funds. But if you are so appalled and if it bothers you that much, then jump ship. There are many more options out there. Mark my words though, the same thing will happen for them. If they become at all successful, they will need to move to a business plan. Such is the nature of the free product model. In order to develop things further and maintain your customers you will need to expand your product, and inevitably, your operation. The whole world was built on progress people.
How many of you can say you make a living doing what you love? I am sure Six Apart truly believes in their product and loves their users. They’ve done right by their efforts and deserve to reap the rewards. More power to them, which in turn will be more power to us. As for me, I am staying right where I am.
* Update * More good opinions on the matter at Kottke.org
* Updated Again * br> Six Apart announces some clarifications and revisions
Weblog issue is clarified.
If your weblog site is constructed from 4 “Weblogs” in Movable Type — one for the main weblog text, one for a link list, one for a music list, and one for a book list — this should count as only 1 weblog towards the number of weblogs you’re allowed according to the license.
Blog and author numbers given a little boost.
- For the Personal Edition, we’re increasing the number of allowed authors from 3 to 5. The number of allowed weblogs will still be 5.
- Personal Edition Volume License I: 10 authors, 10 weblogs
- Personal Edition Volume License II: 13 authors, 13 weblogs
Flexibility to plans added. Now you can add yours friend’s, after you have exceeded the author limits, at $10 a pop. It could be your membership fee!
We’re adding a new “Personal Edition Add-On” package that gives someone who has purchased a Personal Edition license the ability to buy 1 new weblog and 1 new author for $10. You can purchase as many additional author/weblog packs as you want, each for $10.