Mink Machine

Movable Type becomes Open Source

Today it was announced that the next version of well-known blog authoring tool Movable Type will be available as open source. This may be a good move, since competitors such as WordPress and ExpressionEngine has culled a fair amount of MT users during last years.

The new features of version 4 include a new fresh Ajax interface with Candara, dashboard, GMail-like navigation with keyboard shortcuts, OpenID support, real preview and more. However, it’s still Perl under the hood and the less-than-perfect spam protection has not been improved. While WordPress use JQuery, the MT team has gone down the NIH route and implemented their own Ajax library. And as always, installing MT is not for the faint-hearted.

A beta version is currently available for download. Go ahead and try it, but be careful since it’s only a beta (in the words of Anil Dash, "This is a real-ass beta!"). Don’t use it on production sites. The GPL version of Movable Type 4 is planned for Q3 2007, so stay tuned.

Comments

No comments yet.

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

Roaming through Banff

"Even though the main town is surrounded by mountains with names such as Sulphur Mountain, it is as far away from Mordor as one could imagine."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."

Sessions in Seville

"I end my journey in front of the tomb of Columbus, located inside the world’s largest Gothic cathedral."