Harvard’s Berkman Center To Stop Running Groundbreaking Blogging Network

With these two sets of issues in mind, we will end our operation of the blogs.harvard.edu platform in favor of a new platform managed by Harvard University’s Information Technology team. Specifics of that transition are being worked out, and we expect to roll out plans in collaboration with HUIT over the coming weeks.

Upcoming Changes in the Blogs.Harvard Blogging Platform | Weblogs at Harvard

This pioneering network of blogs was initially spearheaded by Dave Winer during his tenure as a Berkman Fellow back in 2003. The network was initially powered by Userland Manilla and was eventually migrated to WordPress. It is unclear what will happen to the one of the oldest blogging networks still in use today.

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WordPress 3.0 Released, Includes Merge of MU Features Into WordPress Core

WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard). Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation.

WordPress › Blog » WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”.

So, now the big question is how it changes WordPressMU. As those of you who follow along at home know, I’ve been busy of late with moving CALI’s Classcaster podcasting and blogging network over to WordPressMU. I think I will ewait a bit for the reviews come in on how the upgrade from MU to WP3 goes before I jump off that cliff. I’ve included a lot of plugins in Classcaster, so how all of them react to WP3 is going to be an issue.

Most likely I’ll take a stab at upgrading this blog first, after CALIcon, and then think about Classcaster. Of course any additional change to Classcaster will need to be done by mid-July so it is all ready for the Fall 2010 semester.

Dave Winer’s Scripting.com Rewrite Looking To Remake Blogging, Again

Scripting2 is a rewrite of my blogging software. Its roots go back to the NewsPage suite developed in 1995. With this rewrite it no longer has code from before May 2010. I’ve learned a lot about web programming, esp in the Frontier environment, in the last 15 years. It’s great to have an up-to-date codebase.

via Scripting News: My Scripting2 to-do.

Dave Winer is rewriting the code behind scripting.com, bringing it into the 21st century.  He is planning on bringing back some the great features like “Edit This Page” that set Frontier, Manilla, and Radio apart as early blogging platforms. Most certainly something to keep an eye on.

Movable Type Gets Forked

A group of Movable Type specialists – some of them former Six Apart employees – wanted to speed up the development of the open source version of the popular publishing platform and decided to group together in a quest to build an independent, community-driven CMS for bloggers and other publishers.

The platform is dubbed Melody and will be managed by a non-profit named The Open Melody Software Group, which has Anil Dash (Six Apart’s outspoken VP and Chief Evangelist) on its board.

via Movable Type Experts Team Up On Melody, An Open Source Publishing Platform .

Melody is a fork of the open source version of Moveable Type intended to be more community driven, like WordPress. The current open source version of Moveable Type is tied to the corporate development of the commercial MT platform. It is not clear what the exact relationship between MT and Melody will be moving forward, so this may turn out to be a true fork with the 2 platforms diverging from this point.