I can’t believe the way people are freaking out over the fact that the next incarnation of Movable Type might actually cost money. For gawd’s sakes folks, it’s great software: compensate the people who make and maintain it. Or stick with the version you have. That’s fine too.
And, really, it costs how much? $150 tops for personal use and that’s 10 weblogs! For someone like me with 3 weblogs, it would cost $70. And, if I read the announcement right, I could apply the money I already paid for it – which I seem to recall being $50 because I was so impressed with the software – so it’d be $20 for the upgrade.
How much is other software which you might use every day? Quicken? $30-50 Microsoft Word? $200 Eudora? $50
But this isn’t just like those other things, this is a communication device, so how much do you pay each month for, say, your internet connection? Or your mobile phone?
I think the Movable Type pricing is perfectly reasonable. Yes, SixApart will probably lose some “customers”, but how useful are customer who think your product isn’t worth paying for?
I pay for my software for the same reason I don’t pirate music: I think craftspeople deserve to be able to make a living off what they do.