Since you're probably here for the key facts, let's jump right in with the links you need:
- Learn more about Movable Type 4
- Read our extensive list of Questions and Answers about Movable Type 4
- Download the Movable Type 4 Beta
- Learn more about the Movable Type Open Source Project
Now that you have those links, we thought we'd take this opportunity to talk a little bit about how the beta will work. In the olden days a "beta" referred to a time period that allowed users to test and evaluate software before it was released generally to customers. To quote the all-knowing Wikipedia: "A beta version is the first version released outside the organization or community that develops the software, for the purpose of evaluation or real-world black/grey-box testing."
So, what does this mean for you? It means that because this is the Movable Type 4 beta, you should expect to encounter bugs and issues, and you shouldn't use Movable Type 4 in a production environment or context. But it also means that we're looking for feedback. Your feedback and bug reports will help us make the official release of Movable Type 4 great. When you're using the beta, look for the "Send Feedback" link in the top navigation; it will take you straight to the feedback form.
Once you download the beta, we highly recommend that you subscribe to this blog's RSS feed, so that you can stay up-to-date on bug fixes, feedback reports and releases. In the coming days we'll be making our nightly builds available, and we'll also be scheduling regular official beta builds and keeping our known issues list up to date.
Movabletype.org is also home to the Movable Type Open Source Project. We'll be releasing an open source distribution of Movable Type later this summer; in the meantime you can get involved by joining the MTOS-dev and MTOS-announce mailing lists and contributing your ideas about how the Movable Type community can benefit from an open source distribution.
Finally, we couldn't be more excited about MT4 and the future of Movable Type. We can't wait to grow the product, this site and, most importantly, the community of Movable Type users and developers here at movabletype.org.