As I am sure you have noticed, I’ve been offline for the past few days. Wedding errands – including getting our marriage license, a swim meet, the Lager Rhythms CD Release Party, a lot of yardwork with my parent’s AMAZING help, and a shower thrown for me by the people that I used to work with all added up to being a lot to do with very little down time, and no computer time. Such is life.
It was nice to come back online and read about MT’s clarification on several points. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. Their response to the feedback (flack?) they received over the new license is very helpful. It clears up all of my issues – I use 4 blogs to power this one site – and that counts as far as the license terms as one blog. Yeah!
Also, they have removed the confusing clause about the CPU issue. If you host with Blogomania, this is no longer a concern. “The single CPU usage statement was not intended to be in the license. It has been struck from the license, and everyone who has downloaded Movable Type 3.0 thus far can officially consider this change retroactive.”
I do still have one very minor problem that I can’t find addressed anywhere. All the posts I read tonight emphasize that it is a Developer’s Release, and that if you are sailing along using MT 2.661 happily, don’t upgrade. This release is not meant for you – it’s meant for the techno gurus of the world that want to build plugins for it and so forth. That’s all fine and dandy – but why did they pull the download page on the MT site that allowed you to download the 2.661 version? What if a newbie came along and wanted a stable consumer release instead of a beta Developer’s Release version of the software? They are stuck. It’s beta or nothing at all. It’s trivial, but it’s still bugging me.
However, I probably won’t move my blog. Heck, I still haven’t upgraded to 2.661. I know, I’m bad. I have ties to WordPress obviously, thanks to PhotoMatt. However, I just don’t have the time to devote to a migration right now. After writing my previous post, the more I thought about it, time truly is money. I would miss out on a lot of other things (which would ultimately cost me money) if I took the time to upgrade. That makes the $35 or so for the license fee look a whole lot better. (I can now use the minimum license with 5 active blogs and 5 authors, current intro price of $69.95, and I’ve purchased 2 keys in the past, so I got $45 off the price.)
It just hit me by surprise (just like everyone else), and when you’re in the midst of planning a wedding, every nickel counts. You have sticker shock about just about everything around you, so the logic of “it’s good software and worth paying for” isn’t the first thing you think about.
My apologies to Ben and Mena for the knee-jerk reaction, and my thanks to them for all of the clarification. I’ve purchased my MT 3.0 license. I’ll install it sometime after the wedding; hopefully a less beta release will be out by then.