I just finished installing Movable Type 4 on OS X Server 10.5.6!

Welcome to my new blog powered by Movable Type. This is the first post on my blog and was created for me automatically when I finished the installation process. But that is ok, because I will soon be creating posts of my own!

Yes, it took a while to get to the above boiler plate. I tried Movable Type years ago and never got very far with it but now I am hoping to give it a true effort going forward for making connections that are worth writing down.

I have installed it on a self hosted XServe running (at least as the time of this writing) OS X 10.5.6 and chose to use the basic SQLite database on the theory it would be the easiest to maintain as OS iterations progress through the years.

For a non-power user (except enough to be dangerous would be a better description) the hardest part was getting ImageMagick installed. Holy freakin’ crap — what a terrible time it was looking for the magic sequence of unpublished steps!

I toyed with the idea of using my first post to describe the process but decided against it just because the notes I made started to become very unique to my installation. (In addition to the fact that my brain is still spinning from pushing through all of the brick walls)

If anyone by chance who does read this needs help (and wants to save the hours I put into the process) I am here to help! Just drop me a line or comment.

The one tip I would give anyone who wants to do serious experimentation on OS X Server would be to fire up VMWare and do it there. This way you can play, seriously screw things up, and just roll back to a previously working VM. I did not think it was supposed to work running on a non server system but did — and fabulously well!!!