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  1. That’s ‘girl’ actually, not ‘guy’. And as someone who dealt with a lot of people disappointed with the original licenses, I’d have to say the bulk of the complaints were not about the limits on the free version at all. Most people realised that the product is worth paying for, but felt they should have got more for their money. Now, they do.

    As someone who long ago donated, because I appreciated the value MT offered me, I’d have to agree with you. If you think the free licensed version isn’t worth it, then move on. πŸ™‚

  2. Ok, now I know its a ‘girl’ & not a ‘guy’. πŸ˜‰
    Well, its just a matter of which people you interacted with. You must’ve come in touch with people who thought the way you say & I came by people who were fuming about the free license & the restriction that a license is valid for 1 CPU, now changed to 1 website, meaning that they can’t have multiple free or paid installations. Now that there’s no need for multiple installations if you have a paid license, the free license still leaves something to be desired.

    And if you think that MT truly gives out the value for what you are paying, then I’d suggest looking into the three Blog softwares that I mentioned above in my post. You’ll find them much better than MT. πŸ˜€

    As for my liking the free license or not, yes, I don’t like it but then I wouldn’t care even if they dis-continue the free license. As for moving on, take notice lady, I don’t use MT at all. I use WordPress, and at the risk of sounding biased, I’d say that I find it much better than MT. The reason for me saying this is because when I started looking for a Blog software in March to start Blogging after 4 years, I first went for MT b’coz of its popularity. But when I repeatedly failed to install it on my local PC(windows 2000), I moved on to WP. And then later I finally installed MT 2.61 on my PC. By then, I was already Blogging for a month & after playing around with MT, I was all thankful that I didn’t go with MT. And there’ve been a lot of woe stories from MT users, especially against its re-build feature. I don’t consider it a feature at all & neither do my friend Jeremy Wright, who uses MT & has more than 2000 pages & MT takes his 30 minutes to rebuild. What a waste of time. Besides, it fills up your directory with a lot of static pages, making it just cluttered. I’m surprised that MT developers still persist with re-build thing. Maybe b’coz its faster if you compare to Perl hitting the database every now & then. πŸ˜‰

  3. My “move on” comment wasn’t directed at you personally. πŸ™‚ I’ve tried all the blog packages you’ve mentioned too, and many more besides. πŸ˜‰ I use TextPattern for one of my sites, even.

    As for the people I interact with, as a former moderator on the MT forums, I interacted with A LOT of MT users – and read hundreds of posts made about the changes. πŸ™‚

    As for rebuilds, these are much improved in MT 3.0D. πŸ™‚ But as you say, if people are wanting something different for free, they have their options. πŸ™‚

  4. Well, I thought that you were directing that “move on” comment towards me, which I thought somewhat silly. πŸ˜‰
    Well, the Blog softwares that I mentioned are the cream of them all. If people want to feel a bit adventurous, well, be my guest. A lot of free Blog softwares can be tested at OpenSourceCMS. Some are behind in versions but they give an insight to what its all about. And here’s an unbiased comparison of various popular Blog softwares.

    As for rebuilds being fast, well, however improved they are, the question is “why stick with rebuild?”. However fast they are now, still rebuilding some 2500+ pages is not an amusing thought. And you said that many users think that MT is worth what SixApart are charging for it, well, I don’t think so. As I see it, pMachine has more features to offer which are worthwhile & while an unlimited author/blog license of MT is $99.95 for Personal Use, pMachine Pro costs just $45, less than half of what MT charges, giving more features & a fast to run blog. So if I were to pay for my Blog software, why would I go with MT rather than pMachine? As for a commercial license, SixApart wants an outrageous $199.95 for a 5 user license, why shouldn’t I get Expression Engine with a commercial license for just $199 with no limit on users? If that’s not all, SixApart wants $1299.95 for a 50 user MT license!! I mean how ridiculous can you go? You are asking more than 6 times of the amount your competitor is asking for a product that’s much better than yours. This is ridiculous!! And the features of Expression Engine pack quite a punch, giving it face on to MT. And ofcourse Expression Engine scores over pMachine Pro, but its Personal License is a bit steep. Still, pMachine scores over MT. πŸ˜€

    Now I’m not a supporter of pMachine or anything, but I said this just because I thought it was absurd to think that SixApart is being resonable with their pricing. I mean that its not wrong to charge fee for a product that you’ve made & its up to you to decide what to charge for your software, but you can’t just sulk around saying that we are reasonable, our product deserve what we are charging. I mean the end-user is not a fool, he knows the value of his money.

    As far as people & free software is concerned, yes, there are many options & some of them can give MT a run for its money. WordPress for example, there’s no feature of MT that it doesn’t have. Ofcourse WP still lacks in the out-of-box multiple blogs arena but that can be done with an easy & simple hack. πŸ™‚ The next version will have this feature out-of-box. πŸ˜‰

    The end choice is ofcourse that of the user, whether he likes to pay for MT rather than pMachine or Expression Engine or have a free software like WordPress, b2evolution or NucleusCMS. πŸ˜‰

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