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MTOS Project Updates

By Byrne Reese
Posted December 24, 2007, in News.

Last week we released Movable Type 4.1 Beta 2 which included a number of new features for the open source project as well, including:

  • AtomPub Support - a core mission for MTOS is to support core Internet standards, which includes the Atom Publishing Protocol, or "AtomPub" for short.
  • Revamped Asset Editing Interface - CMSWire recently wrote a piece entitled Movable Type 4.1 Goes Beyond Blogging - and they are right. But it is not just the commercial product that is headed in this direction. The open source project too is also becoming a more flexible tool for light weight content management -- as is evidenced by Movable Type's extensible asset management framework, and the work that Beau has been doing to expand upon the user experience around managing online assets.

Virtually all of the changes in the last beta, including the ones listed above, can also be found in the latest MTOS builds.

Speaking of which, if you are a person who enjoys living on the bleeding edge then the best resource for you is still our nightly builds, which ever since we completed our subversion migration to have become far more meaningful. Now that primary development of Movable Type has moved to our public subversion repository it also means that our nightly builds could finally be automated.

Completing our subversion migration and automating nightly builds were just two of the milestones we hoped to complete by year's end, and I am glad to have them behind us. We still have a lot of work ahead of us though.

If you are interested in following the progress we are making on MTOS, we encourage you to take a look at the MTOS Project Status Page which details the various projects and sub-projects we are working on at Six Apart and as a Community.


2 Comments on December 24, 2007, 4:38 p.m. Reply

Good work on getting MTOS up to par. I’m enjoying the nightlies on my test server, though if everything is on the bleeding edge, it’s hard to know what’s doing the cutting :). on December 24, 2007, 7:32 p.m. Reply

A couple of other notes. When I log in here using openID, it shows my openID URL as my identity. When I do the exact same thing on blogger, it shows the nickname I have listed on my profile (preferable). Is MT planning on adding support for these extensions to openID? I think this one is called attribute exchange and is more fully described here:

You’re doing the right thing keeping all of this in the OS project. I’m personally there for solutions, and I think they’ll be better coming from an OS company because they pull from a larger base of resources. Give me more solutions and services based on OSS that I can pay for. I’m already buying support contracts.

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.