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Melody: The Other Movable Type

Feb 11, 2010, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])


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"If there's one golden rule of open source, it's this: Major projects can and will be forked. Multiple versions of just about every open source app of repute have been spun off from the original.

"These splits happen for reasons that are more often political than technical. Look at the clamor building around MySQL, where people concerned about the future of the project under Oracle's stewardship want its code copied out into another, separately managed project that won't (as they see it) end up as a corporate lapdog.

"The blogging system Movable Type, now in its fifth major revision, is also undergoing a code schism of sorts. A number of Movable Type developers and contributors became frustrated with what they felt was an emphasis by MT's corporate owners on the wrong features, as well as a lack of transparency in the development process for the product. Rather than attack Six Apart (Movable Type's parent company) directly, they chose instead to do an end run—to take the now open-source code base for Movable Type and create a new product from it: Melody."

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