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Movable Type Goes Open Source

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.

—MTOS has every feature in Movable Type 4.0 along with several new minor improvements and bug fixes.
—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.
—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.
—We’ll be adding additional paid benefits for people who’ve paid for commercial licenses for Movable Type, with benefits like improved technical support and custom add-ons such as plugins or themes.
—You can find out how to contribute to the MTOS project and the MT community at movabletype.org.
—Movable Type Open Source is being released under the standard GPL license.
—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.