Acquia Delivers Commercially Supported Drupal
We've reported before on Acquia's effort to deliver a commercially supported version of the popular Drupal content management system (CMS). As of Tuesday morning, Acquia Drupal--the commercially supported version--and Acquia Network--which offers subscription-based access to technical support and remote network services--are going live. Acquia has also announced that entry-level subscriptions to the Acquia Network will be free of charge through the end of the year, so that people can try the services. Here are details, and some comments we got from Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia.
Acquia Drupal is a packaged collection of the many social publishing and content creation tools and modules found in Drupal itself. It will be free to download as of Tuesday morning, and offered under the GNU public license. Acquia's business model is similar to Red Hat's and other companies that offer open source software for free, and get revenues from support and services. As we've reported before, OStatic is based on Drupal, as are many sites such as Fast Company and The Onion.