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.
In the open source software community, there's considerable nervousness about paying people to work on volunteer-driven projects. For example, Joomla recently hired some developers to work on its core software, a decision that has caused much debate in the Joomla community.
Acquia, a commercial open source software company that provides products, services and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system, has selected Gluster's open source storage solutions.
With the impressive rise of Drupal over the past several years, a number of consulting and integration firms have emerged with specific expertise in Drupal. The best known of these is Acquia, the “commercial arm” of Drupal, providing products, services, and technical support. Recently Acquia began distributing a community platform called “Commons”. We caught up with co-founder Jay Batson to ask about Commons, and its role in the online community sector.
The tension between configuration and programming is an enduring problem that is familiar to anyone who has had to attempt to run their business using a software application. Drupal Gardens is combining principles of open source to the Software as a Service model to find a way to get the best of both worlds.
The fact that Drupal creator Dries Buytaert’s Acquia is a success is not news.
The size of that success can be difficult to measure, given the company remains in private hands. But today we have some numbers and the answer is it’s pretty successful.