In case you have been living under a rock the last few days, Movable Type has started releasing nightly beta versions of their GPL’d open source version of Movable Type.
Ã¢€”MTOS has every feature in Movable Type 4.0 along with several new minor improvements and bug fixes.
Ã¢€”All plugins, themes, templates, designs, and APIs that work with MT4 work with MTOS. MTOS also works with other Six Apart open source technologies such as memcached.
Ã¢€”MTOS is one of the only open source blogging tools with built-in support for an unlimited number of blogs, an unlimited number of authors, and sign-in with OpenID, with no plugins needed.
Ã¢€”WeÃ¢€™ll be adding additional paid benefits for people whoÃ¢€™ve paid for commercial licenses for Movable Type, with benefits like improved technical support and custom add-ons such as plugins or themes.
Ã¢€”You can find out how to contribute to the MTOS project and the MT community at movabletype.org.
Ã¢€”Movable Type Open Source is being released under the standard GPL license.
Ã¢€”We welcome and encourage the distribution and reuse of all or part of MTOS in other open source projects.
I haven’t had a chance to set up and play with the new open source version yet, and the fact that they don’t yet have a stable version for me to try puts me off a bit, but I am very excited to see what this will mean over the coming months and years. I love competition in the marketplace and hopefully Six Apart can provide it once again with their open source version of Movable Type.