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 Bostonâa gathering of Drupal users which included representatives from Fast Company and Popular Science magazines, both Drupal customers.
Acquiaâs Drupal distribution project is an âessential step in the maturation of the Drupal project,â according to Buytaert, offering what Acquia director of product marketing Bryan House calls âthe innovation and value of open-source softwareâ with âthe reliability of product-company backing.â According to Acquiaâs Web site, the company saw that Drupal had achieved a âcritical massâ in the market, making Acquiaâs development timely.
The distribution service (which the company calls âCarbonâ) will be available through an annual subscription along with Acquiaâs correlating update notification system (called âSpokesâ). House says subscriptions will be sold on a per-server basis and will cost between $500 and $5,000. Itâs comparable, he says, to Red Hat and Ubuntuâs 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 theyâve already customized their own systems, but Drupal users can benefit from Acquiaâs testing and scalability developments. Others may want to âupgradeâ to Carbon for the technical support, notifications, and other support.
House says Drupalâs popularity among publishersâand other users, of courseâmay increase with a product company behind the system. Carbon and Spokes are slated to be available in the second half of this year.
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