A Big Drop in the Bucket for Drupal

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| Apparently, the days when a computer science graduate student can invent some
| cool Web software and raise a few million dollars to build a company around
| it are not over. Brand new (less than a month old) North Andover, MA, startup
| Acquia announced yesterday that it’s raised $7 million to market software and
| services in support of the popular Web publishing system Drupal, invented by
| Dries Buytaert, a PhD candidate at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
| Like the Linux operating system, the Apache web server, and the MySQL
| database system, Drupal is a free, open-source program with a large community
| of volunteer developers and users. And Acquia’s CEO, Jay Batson, says it will
| remain so. Rather than creating and selling a proprietary version of Drupal—
| or “forking” the system, in geek speak—Acquia will work on specialized
| distributions of the software and help organizations deploy it on a larger
| scale. “We will be to Drupal what Red Hat is to Linux,” Batson says.



Drupal developer bags $7 million

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| Announcing US$7 million in first round founding from North Bridge Venture
| Partners, Sigma Partners, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Buytaert and Jay
| Batson, former CEO and founder of Pingtel, hope to steer their Drupal spun
| startup Acquia deeper into the enterprise. *


Open-source tools open democracy's doors

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| According to a Vancouver Web guru, "You can't build a free and open society
| using proprietary software."
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| Nelson said Drupal started when a Belgian named Dries Buytaert was looking at
| developing an on-line bulletin-board-style system for the co-op he was living
| in, one that would enable people to exchange messages. Buytaert, then a
| university student, still maintains a Web site at buytaert.net/ and,
| according to Nelson, released the Drupal codebase under a GNU licence,
| meaning it conforms to open source. * *