The thing about OSS is that it's only a software licensing model
+1 x 10!
No matter how many times the advocates of OSS and FOSS point that out, people still somehow have trouble understanding that. Maybe that's because the licensing employed by proprietary software products is
part of the business model.
WordPress won the mindshare battle
Yes, and yes a thousand times more!
It's not about features, or technical excellence, or clean code, or any of the other critically important things software creators live with and by. Programmers constantly need to be reminded that it's not so much what they're interested in or believe. It's what the people in their deployed base want
if they hope for their project to become popular.
Smart projects understand this and engage their community. And meaningfully interact
People want to belong. Wordpress allowed them to do that. They got down with their users. They invited them in. They allowed them to play in the sandbox to a degree that was almost unprecedented at the time. And from that level engagement, Wordpress created a vibrant and vocal community that put it over the top.
It's not so much whether or not Wordpress is superior to MovableType. It's a question of which product, and
community the people like more.
Byrne Reese's entire article seems to miss that point.
MoveableType didn't have its ball taken away from it. People simply found a different ballgame they'd rather play in.
And to characterize the events and actions that led to Wordpress trouncing MovableType in collective mindshare as a "war" further reinforces my belief that he still just doesn't get it.
And probably never will.
However, the article is his analysis after all. And as such it makes for an interesting read. Even if it does smack of 'green-eyes' from time to time...
I'm sure the Wordpress developers and community would tell the story very differently.