Melody: Community Fork of Movable Type
The popular online Movable Type (MT) blogging software now has an officially supported fork. Today, the project announced the launch of Melody, an initiative run by a group of long-time Movable Type community leaders from around the world that "want to evolve the open source core of Movable Type." The group have chosen the default name for the sample user in Movable Type: Melody Nelson, the protagonist in Serge Gainsbourg's album "Histoire de Melody Nelson", as the name of the new project.
Six Apart, the company behind Movable Type, will still provide their stable and robust blogging platform with official support. The company is hoping that the developer community will back Melody and promote "bleeding-edge community-driven ideas, rapid iteration, and integration with the code of other open source projects". According to Six Apart CTO and co-founder Benjamin Trott, ideally these new ideas and developments will then be worked back into official versions of Movable Type. A first alpha of Melody source code for developers is available for download under the GPL license at GitHub. Melody 1.0 is expected to be available in the Fall of 2009.