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Drupal Gardens

Acquia had two big product announcements at DrupalCon Paris. The first was the general availability of Acquia Hosting, which I'll blog about tomorrow. The second is a status update on "Acquia Gardens" which we first announced in the beginning of 2009.

Acquia Offers Sneak Peek of Drupal Gardens at Drupalcon Paris 2009

Going from Design to Online with Drupal Has Never Been Easier

Drupalcon, Paris – September 2, 2009-- Acquia, the enterprise guide to social publishing, today gave attendees at Drupalcon Paris 2009 their first look at Drupal Gardens. Previously code-named Acquia Gardens, Drupal Gardens is Acquia’s anticipated software-as-a-service version of Drupal that speeds the design and deployment of Drupal social publishing sites for new, non-technical users including small business owners and web designers.

The Path to Drupal - equating extensibility with success

Some time ago I wrote an article that looks deeply at the Drupal path system and shows how easy it is for new developers to hook into a running Drupal system. I explore the idea that this openness and extensibility is a key factor in winning large numbers of developers to work on Drupal, and that this is one of the reasons the project is succeeding. The paper is now available at Acquia, beautifully formatted as a technical whitepaper.

Acquia, Supporting the Drupal CMS, Adds 200 New Customers

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We've reported a number of times before on Acquia, which offers a commercially supported version of the open source Drupal content management system. OStatic runs on Drupal, and Drupal version 6 is expected to soon run over 240,000 web sites, with many large media companies switching to it.

In a post just yesterday, we discussed the proven business model of support and services for open source software that Red Hat has built, and how Acquia, Cloudera, Eucalyptus Systems, and other commercial open source companies are pursuing the same model. Until now, though, even though the company has gotten healthy venture capital funding, it hasn't been easy to tell how privately held Acquia is doing. Here are some new details.

Building a business selling open-source software

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Open Road (CNET)

While TechDirt experiments with optimal configurations of digital media business models, Rob Walling has unwittingly landed on a sure-fire way to build billion-dollar open-source companies.

I say "unwittingly" because Walling's post is all about "How to Compete Against Open Source Competition." In the process, he does a fair job of describing how to build an exceptional open-source business.

Walling starts with a reprise of a classic Marten Mickos quote: "open-source software is free if your time is worth nothing." It's pithy and somewhat true, but it's not as rich as Mickos' commentary, which points to an opportunity in Walling's accusation.

Acquia Adds 200 Customers in Six Months

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Web 2.0 Journal

Acquia, the enterprise guide to the Drupal Social Publishing System, today announced it has achieved significant momentum during the first half of 2009. Fueled by a committed Drupal community and the changing perception of open source within enterprise markets, Acquia maintains its leadership position in Drupal social publishing with record quarters in corporate and customer growth.

On Drupal certification programs

Every once in a while, the discussion of Drupal cerification comes up. Is a Drupal certification program a good thing or a bad thing? Are certification programs overrated? Isn't one's track record as a contributor on drupal.org the best measure of someone's past (and possibly future) performance? Should the Drupal Association manage the program, and if not, then who? What do other Open Source projects do?

Lots of unknowns and lots of subjective questions always make for a good discussion.

Acquia adds 200 new customers in six months

I've posted a good bit about Acquia lately, because we had a lot of exciting things happening, and because I'm proud of the body of work that the Acquia team is producing, often in close cooperation with the Drupal community.