Outside the Realm

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-14 Print this article Print

The shift to charging for most users has led to outrage among some bloggers, who have been swiftly writing missives on their Movable Type-powered blogs about the pricing being too high and the restrictions on the number of authors and published blogs being too tough. "Its just completely outside the realm of useful for me," wrote a poster on the blog Dereks Rantings and Musings, who explained that his site exceeds the number of authors and blogs allowed for a personal license.
"So now, barring a radical change in Six Aparts pricing scheme, Ill be on the lookout for a new Weblog suite," the poster wrote.
Other bloggers have come to Six Aparts defense, pointing out that no software company can continue to survive and develop without charging. Dave Winer, the founder of another blog-software maker, UserLand Software, is one such ally. "If you use their software, you owe them some money," he wrote in his Scripting News blog. "If you dont like the price, dont use it. Amazingly, theyre not asking for money if you use the new software in a limited form, or continue to use the old software." Six Aparts Dash said part of the reason for the new licensing scheme was to address the increasing use of Movable Type within enterprise IT departments, which often require clear commercial licensing guidelines. Six Aparts founder also explaining in postings on the companys Web site that as Movable Types use has grown, so has the need to charge for the software. All but the free version of Movable Type 3.0 include support. "When our user base was in the hundreds and our users tended to be of the developer or designer breed and required less support, it was quite easy to release new versions at a fairly quick pace," co-founder Mena Trott wrote in her Menas Corner blog. "As our user base grew and the tool became even more popular, it has become difficult to develop and offer support while relying on voluntary donations." Six Apart is initially focusing Movable Type 3.0 on developers to expand beyond its 100-some developers and the nearly 300 plug-ins already available for Movable Type, officials said. A general release of Movable Type 3.0 is expected in a few weeks, Dash said. Beyond the pricing changes, the new version also includes a revamped core publishing engine that can generate Web pages after a post between 10 times and 100 times faster, Dash said. With Movable Type 3.0, Six Apart also is adding more ways for bloggers to manage reader comments. The new release supports Six Aparts TypeKey authentication system, which verifies the identity of posters as a way of fighting the posting of "spam" comments such as off-topic commercial solicitations. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at http://messaging.eweek.com for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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