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Running Movable Type 3.3 beta 1

I now have Movable Type 3.3 Beta 1 running.
But not here. Since this is the first beta, I’m not going to install it on this site just yet, in case it happens to be majorly unstable or something. Instead, I upgraded the copy of MT on my Mac, which only has a few entries and a couple of test comments.
The upgrade experience is basically the same as last time, which was a huge improvement over prior MT versions. You upload the new files, then run MT as normal, however it’ll detect that your database needs updating and do that for you. Then you just return to the application and you’re off.
There are a few bugs in this release – admin pages not loading properly seems to be the main one – and the update is not quite as seismic as the upgrade from 3.1 to 3.2 was. In a nutshell, you get Atom feeds of things like your activity log, new entries and comments, the ability to tag entries without needing plugins and resizable text areas, but that was only after looking for about 5 minutes so I’m sure there is more to it than that.
The bugs may well be down to my somewhat non-typical setup – a locally-hosted copy of MT on Mac OS X using SQLite and FastCGI – a ‘MASP’ system, as opposed to LAMP which is what most people use. Hopefully they’ll be fixed through the course of the beta. I’ll upgrade this site later in the beta cycle.

One Comment

  1. I’m running the beta on my production website (which isn’t much of a big deal since no one reads it anyway). I haven’t found any bugs myself yet, but I haven’t really been doing anything other than editing my templates.
    Simplifying the config file and only showing just a few settings in the admin interface as a default will hopefully make more people get out of the thought that MT is hard to install.