Over at Mutated Monkeys, Beth posted a list of some of the web sites she reads, noting whether the site migrated away from or stayed with Movable Type since Six Apart announced the new MT licensing terms two weeks ago.
Of the weblogs I read, the following have migrated away from Movable Type to Expression Engine:
I don't read any of the sites on Beth's list, but one of the names really jumped out at me - Sekimori Design (Stacy Tabb), who is switching to Expression Engine. Stacy has a long "Who's Who" list of weblog clients she's set up on Movable Type (of which I know more than a few). Regarding the decision to abandon Movable Type, Stacy says:
From the "this should have been the FIRST question you asked" department, the Trotts (et al.) are asking how we're using MT.
Will I pay $600 for the commercial version (20 authors, 15 blogs)? Despite my extended relationship with Movable Type, my pleasure in working with the software, and delight in discovering new things to do with it...no, I will not. I will pack up, as laborious a process as that will be, and find something else.
UPDATE - Oh yeah, I just remembered the biggest thing I use MT for...FOR EVERY SINGLE WEBLOG CLIENT OF SEKIMORI'S FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. I'm just sayin'.
I can't blame Stacy - I'm not willing to pay $600 for Movable Type either. I recently purchased a $70 Personal Edition license for MT3, which was really more than I wanted to pay. I thought $50 would be a fair price; if I had to pay $100, I would be looking for new blogging software too. The $70 "introductory price" was in a gray area for me. I'm not really interested in testing and learning new software at this point in time, so I grudgingly decided to buy the license now and see what Six Apart does in the future.
Six Apart seems to be listening to users' feedback about the licensing - the terms have already been changed once and more changes are supposedly on the way. For the time being, I'm staying with Movable Type and hoping that Six Apart doesn't make me regret that decision.