Using open source software in the federal government is challenging, but the problem is not due to the technology. The problem lies with old procurement models and regulations that are better suited for buying file cabinets and missiles than negotiating licenses for "free" open source software.
Still, the desire within government to use open source is strong, and it's driving some to McGyver-like lengths to use what they think is best suited for the job.
Open Source Websites in Government: Dries Buytaert and Tim Bertrand of Acquia join Gov 2.0 Radio’s Adriel Hampton and Steve Ressler for a discussion of open source software and open government. Dries, who created the popular content management system Drupal 10 years ago as a student, calls on the government community to give back to the open source community while expanding usefulness of the technology.
Drupal enterprise pushers Acquia make a big hire in Europe to spearhead the expansion of the company's footprint on the continent.
New Office, Old Home
Acquia is pushing open source CMS Drupal around the world to enterprises on the back of great growth in 2010. To do that they need boots on the ground and Jim Shaw is the man to lead the surge. The former Software AG and webMethods man is taking on the role of General Manager for Europe....
Acquia is a for-profit company, based on the free/open source content management system Drupal. When Acquia was founded, a little over three years ago, I remarked on its similarity to Automattic (which is based on WordPress).
Today, Acquia and Drupal founder Dries Buytaert posted about “the vision that we’ve been working towards for the last 3 years, and… how Acquia can help simplify your web strategy.” That’s based on the premise that “you” are (or are a member of) an organization with multiple websites. Since the sites differ in many ways (scale, rate of change, etc.), you find yourself with a variety of platforms.
Drupal creator and project lead, Dries Buytaert, speaks passionately about the company he began as a hobby during his college days, with the business reach of Buytaert now extending into software company Acquia and Mollom.
Computerworld Australia caught up with Buytaert while he was in Australia for the first DrupalDownunder 2011 conference held last month in Brisbane, with the developer addressing claims that Drupal is a complex content management system (CMS) that becomes unmanageable once it is customised.
“At the end of the day, a content management system like Drupal is a complex tool," he said. "Building a complex website is not necessarily easy. It’s not a magical tool that will automatically build your website for you; it still needs some tweaking and some learning.”
A passion for PHP, as well as a strong developer community, has been vital to Drupal’s success, founder Dries Buytaert said.
Speaking to Computerworld Australia, Buytaert said Drupal’s growth can be partly attributed to the fact that the open source content management system (CMS) is written in PHP.
“I think one of the reasons Drupal grew and is one of the dominant systems on the Web is because it’s written in PHP,” he said. “The reason is that PHP is very accessible, it’s very easy for developers to open the code and make any changes.”
While Buytaert has no regrets writing Drupal in PHP, he said the company’s growth has resulted in an increased need for PHP developers.
There are more than a trillion URLs in Google’s index. Yes, that’s a one with twelve zeros after it. And Google crossed that milestone two and a half years ago. With so many sites on the web in 2011, how do you know which to pay attention to?
Drupal 7, the latest upgrade to the popular open source Web content management system, is now generally available, Drupal builders said on Wednesday.
Drupal powers millions of websites and applications, including WhiteHouse.gov and InfoWorld.com. Better usability is a primary focus of version 7, which has been in development for three years, said Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. "We contracted with some of the world's best usability experts and we paid them for work on Drupal 7 usability for six months," said Buytaert, who is chief technology officer at Acquia, which provides commercial-grade support for Drupal.
A year ago, I wrote about how those looking for work should consider learning Drupal, an open-source Web content management system. According to the project team, Drupal now powers 1 percent of all of the Web sites in the world.
Open..and Shut Even as we rapidly approach a future where most software lives on the web, with acronyms like HTML5 and SaaS pointing the way, it's easy to overlook a primary building blog of yesterday's web, Drupal, and its effects on the future web. Drupal founder Dries Buytaert claims that Drupal already powers one per cent of the web. Could it do more?
Now 10,000 sites strong, Acquia’s hosted version of Drupal, Drupal Gardens, which debuted in January â€“ is positioned not only to eliminate barriers to adoption of the open source content management system to a crowd that would rather be hands-off on the hosting, configuration, security and upgrade front. It also is positioned potentially to help push the Semantic Web ahead, bringing technologies such as RDF to the attention of a new swath of users if it successfully surfs the wave behind Drupal.
Drupal Gardens, the planned cloud version of the open source Drupal content management system, went into a public beta stage Thursday, thus making it widely available for tryouts , said Drupal founder Dries Buytaert.
Drupal software, support, and hosting company Acquia announced that its Drupal Gardens leaves private beta today. Drupal Gardens is a content management & social publishing system, offering "Drupal-as-a-service" and greatly simplifying the creation and management of Drupal websites.
Whether you want to call it open core or open source or something else entirely, the software as a service business model has been gaining popularity.
Among the companies that have achieved financial success while having open source software at its core is Acquia, co-founded by the original developer of the Drupal Project, Dries Buytaert. I had the opportunity today to chat via phone with Buytaert and Acquia's CEO, Tom Erickson, about Drupal, Acquia's business model and the future of open source.
Every few years, Drupal violates one of the industry's most sacred rules: don't break your APIs.
The next version of the popular open source content management system – Drupal 7 – will do just that. And more. It will offer a redesigned user interface that targets – gasp! – non-technical users. It will hide features that devs know and love.
Acquia released a new social software suite this week they are calling Drupal Commons. It's an open-source alternative to the proprietary Enterprise 2.0 suites we've written about quite often here. Acquia's Jay Batson was full of optimism about it when he wrote: "Time--once again--for open source to go blow the doors off another proprietary software cathedral." In this case, the cathedral is social software suites.