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Red Hat questioned over use of SixApart blogware

Red Hat questioned over use of SixApart blogware

Linux company Red Hat, allegedly a champion of the open source community, is using SixApart’s proprietary blogware MovableType and some bloggers don’t like it, according to a thread at the Red Hat people blog, an official Red Hat blog.

Red Hat’s Mark Cox writes that “It is ironic that (Red Hat) eschews Open Source software when it comes to using software itself”.

Amusingly for readers, the comments develop into a “which is better”argument with a contribution from SixApart’s Anil Dash that states that SixApart is a better supporter of Open Source than the Open Source WordPress, and that Movable Type is better than WordPress in terms of cost, spam protection and security. His comments (on the MT powered blog) are followed by a long piece of incest comment spam :-)

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  • “SixApart’s Anil Dash that states that SixApart is a better supporter of Open Source than the Open Source WordPress, and that Movable Type is better than WordPress in terms of cost, spam protection and security”

    That’s 100% false. Not surprising, given your editorial statement, but those are actually not words I’ve said anywhere in that thread.

    The comment spam you’ve noted is on a version of Movable Type that is 15 months old. I think all blog tools (including those which were in their infancy then) of that vintage are susceptible to current spamming methods.

    I might remind you that it’s unprofessional, even by the “standards” of a publication that confesses to being biased against one of the companies it covers, to deliberately misstate someone’s position. Taking someone’s words out of context and twisting them is never a good idea, especially on the same page in which you are publicly smiling about incest spam.

    And, yes, I’ll gladly defend the substantial contributions that the 6A team, particularly the LiveJournal team, has made to the open source community, both in terms of contributions of open sourced code and in support to the community.

  • Anil, Im not knocking your right to defend 6A, indeed I respect your ability to seek out even the most obscure and unimportant criticism and fill comment boxes with words of Anil wisdom, but lets look at what you’ve written:
    On cost in comparison to WP:
    “where cost/benefit analysis could easily make Movable Type a better choice.” or how about the quote of better security: “this statement is false: ‘In any case, with the release of WordPress 1.5.1 – WordPress has far exceeded MT in terms of security and comment spam prevention'” but the best of all is this, on Open Source:
    “Finally, our team at Six Apart has released several orders of magnitude more open source code than the WordPress team has”
    See, your trying to paint yourself as being better than WordPress through one-upmanship, and although I may be biased when it comes to your company, I haven’t made a comment either way on which choice is best here (WP or MT), what I have pointed out is the irony of a comment that included references to your product and its greatness being following by comment spam.
    But I’ll add: just becaue you bought LiveJournal doesn’t make a company the champions of Open Source. Open source MT and then we’ll talk.

    PS: Noticed Matt apologised? hope Mena is taking notes, or is she still incapable of doing wrong?

  • “hope Mena is taking notes, or is she still incapable of doing wrong?”

    I’m sorry that the new image of Mena you’ve built up in your head doesn’t meet the standards you’d created for the old Mena you’d built up in your head.

  • Not quite sure what you mean here, but as an ex MT user and ex- SixApart groupie I’m still waiting for my apology…damn those cultural differences, keep forgetting many Americans just cant say sorry when they f*ck up, or in Mena’s case, arrogance never wins friends. I wont start trying to explain what I’ve said previously, because irony and satire is obviously a foreign concept. Despite your insular understanding of the basics of English I still think your a good guy, even if you obviously don’t like me.

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