Drupal Creator Forms Commercial Distribution Company
Popular open source platform hopes to gain more traction.
Dries Buytaert, Drupal co-developer and project lead, has co-founded a software company, Acquia, to offer commercially-supported distribution and services of Drupal's popular open source platform.Â
The company was formally announced this week at DrupalCon Bostonâ€”a gathering of Drupal users which included representatives from Fast Company and Popular Science magazines, both Drupal customers.
Acquiaâ€™s Drupal distribution project is an â€śessential step in the maturation of the Drupal project,â€ť according to Buytaert, offering what Acquia director of product marketing Bryan House calls â€śthe innovation and value of open-source softwareâ€ť with â€śthe reliability of product-company backing.â€ť According to Acquiaâ€™s Web site, the company saw that Drupal had achieved a â€ścritical massâ€ť in the market, making Acquiaâ€™s development timely.
The distribution service (which the company calls â€śCarbonâ€ť) will be available through an annual subscription along with Acquiaâ€™s correlating update notification system (called â€śSpokesâ€ť). House says subscriptions will be sold on a per-server basis and will cost between $500 and $5,000. Itâ€™s comparable, he says, to Red Hat and Ubuntuâ€™s commercially-supported distributions of operating system Linux.
According to House, publishers like Fast Company and Popular Science may not choose to switch to an Acquia-supported model if theyâ€™ve already customized their own systems, but Drupal users can benefit from Acquiaâ€™s testing and scalability developments. Others may want to â€śupgradeâ€ť to Carbon for the technical support, notifications, and other support.
House says Drupalâ€™s popularity among publishersâ€”and other users, of courseâ€”may increase with a product company behind the system. Carbon and Spokes are slated to be available in the second half of this year.