Drupal founder Dries Buytaert balances community and company interests

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| In the year 2000, Dries Buytaert created Drupal, a freely licensed and open
| source tool to manage websites, as a bulletin board for his college dorm.
| Since Dries released the software and a community of thousands of volunteer
| developers have added and improved modules, Drupal has grown immensely
| popular. Drupal won the overall Open CMS Award in 2007, and some speakers in
| Drupal's spacious developer's room at FOSDEM 2008 were dreaming aloud of its
| world domination.
| Buytaert (now 29) just finished his doctoral thesis and has founded the
| start-up Acquia. The new company wants to become Drupal's best friend, with
| the help of an all-star team and US$7 million collected from venture
| capitalists. Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent sat down with Dries in
| Brussels to discuss these recent exciting developments.


Dan Williams Developer Interview

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| GNU/Linux systems have often come under attack for the difficulty involved
| with setting-up and configuring various wireless devices. Thanks to
| NetworkManager we now have a system that allows us to quickly and easily
| connect to different networks. As a result of improvements made to
| NetworkManager during the Fedora 8 release cycle the developers are ready to
| deliver some incredible new features, including ad-hoc networking, multiple
| active devices and internet connection sharing. To find out more we talked
| with Dan Williams, Fedora project member and NetworkManager developer.



Drupal 6.0 released

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| After one year of development we are ready to release Drupal 6.0 to the
| world. Thanks to the tireless work of the Drupal community, over 1,600 issues
| have been resolved during the Drupal 6.0 release cycle. These changes are
| evident in Drupal 6's major usability improvements, security and
| maintainability advancements, friendlier installer, and expanded development
| framework. Further, from bug fix to feature request, these issues
| follow-through on the Drupal project's continued commitment to deliver
| flexibility and power to themers and developers. * * *



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."
| [...]
| 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. * *