Six Apart issued v3.0 of their Movable Type blog software today. They’re charging now. Everyone freaks the hell out cuz they have to pay now. Oh Waaaah.
A company releases software that got to be really REALLY popular. A community grows, and it becomes really popular. Then said company releases a new version and wants to charge for it, and automatically the software becomes bad, evil, spawn of Satan, etc, etc, etc..
Do folks want any cheese with that whine?
Well, sorry – I don’t believe that. A company has a right to make money. There’s far too many “GIve it to me great, and give it to me for free” people out there. Really cheeses me off. The way I use the software appears to fall under the rules for free, which is I’m sure the reason why I’ll probably get blasted, ignored, hated, etc “You’re still free, so you don’t care”.. My opinion isn’t what the masses believe, so I’m sure I’ll get ignored. Too bad.
There’s been several software packages in the past that have gone pay that I used for free. If the software is good enough, then it should get paid for. If I fell under the situation, I’d pay. I like the software. Sue me.
On the other hand, I can understand where some people feel betrayed, but the vitroil displayed seems a bit excessive to me. Wish most people would save comments until they get a chance to think things through and automatically say something sucks and is the worst decision ever RIGHT after it comes out.
UPDATE Jan 2022: I wrote this back when my blog used to use Movable Type software. Needless to say I don’t use them anymore.