Movable Type Open Source Project: I know I had read this news a couple of times today but it obviously did not sink in until now. The light in my brain finally flickered on when I read through the RWW post in detail. Moveable Type announced the long awaited Version 4 of their publishing platform and along with that came the announcement that they would release a GPL’d Open Source version of their software in Q3 2007. That is a significant decision considering some of the past tribulations of the platform and in my mind validates the dual revenue model of Open Source Software based companies. According to the MTOS website, they are really committed to the commercial version of MT and are just replying to customers’ repeated requests for an Open Source version.
This sounds like a highly calculated business decision. I wonder what results Six Apart is hoping to get from releasing an Open Source version in excess of leveraging attention and whether an Open Source version will really do much for the codebase.