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Movable Type 4.0 Beta Released

I'm 3 days behind in pushing out this news, however, after getting my daily dose of Technorati, and seeing all the posts about Movable Type going GPL with version 4, I had to comment.

First off, I am excited to see Movable Type get back on its feet with respect to the community. It's history of proprietary enterprise solutions and restricting licenses have kept it from becoming the preferred blogging platform for many. As such, a less powerful, but nonetheless Free Software solution, WordPress has taken the scene as the big daddy of blogging CMS. I use WordPress as my blog platform, and fully support it. Now that Movable Type is going GPL, however, I'm wondering if it's too late for Movable Type to enter the market as a Free Software CMS. It does solve some of the issues that plagues WordPress installs and I wonder how WordPress is going to respond.

For example, I would much rather be running WordPress on top PostgreSQL than MySQL, due to the reputation of data integrity and scalability of PostgreSQL. However, WordPress just supports MySQL. Also, I would like to see some way to update my WordPress installation without running a separate script to handle the upgrade. From what I understand, Movable Type supports this natively with CGI scripts that perform all the necessary functions. Movable Type seems to support a number of other features such as LDAP and Oracle DBs, which could be important to others.

In the long run, I may consider making the switch from WordPress to Movable Type when 4.0 is stable. In the meantime, I'm interested in reasons why I should stay with WordPress or why I should move to Movable Type. For starters, as mentioned previously, I would prefer to have PostgreSQL powering my database rather than MySQL. Any thoughts? Vote in the poll after the jump.

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Should I make the switch?
Total Votes: 119 Started: June 8, 2007 Back to Vote Screen

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