Drupal and the Rise of Open Source
Drupal's role in the rise of open source communities
A recent article on OpenSource.com about how Drupal’s role in the rise of open source software has been circulating around the Drupal community lately. It’s quite a long article, but well worth the read if you have the time— and if you don’t, here are some of the highlights from it.
"The evolution of Drupal since its introduction to the open source community in 2001 is a significant touchstone for the development of how the open source community and commercial private enterprises interact in the digital arena."
As stated in the article, open source communities provide a thriving ecosystem for users to generate and share content and ideas. On a larger scale, they’re representative of the ideology of communal work and collaboration. "Open source communities are driven by a commitment to the success of the collective and to user contribution.”
For example, the open source community has become a big proponent of democracy on the Internet: both as a platform for political websites: the first Drupal distribution came out through the website DeanSpace (later changed to CivicSpace), the hub presidential candidate Howard Dean in 2004, and more recently Drupal was skyrocketed to political fame when it became the platform upon which Whitehouse.gov was built and run in 2009.
Additionally, Drupal (and open source) cater to the rise of the conscientious customer: without corporate or for-profit motivations, open source has become the “financially appealing and ethically compelling” choice for content producers. As the article notes, "Thus, the rise of Drupal coincides with a movement that values thoughtful collaboration over aggressive competition... open source projects tend to become increasingly user-friendly and the communities around them actively work to welcome newcomers to the fold."
But for Drupal, the greatness is only getting started. New themes and plug-ins are added daily, and for tasks that Drupal can’t accomplish, the community figures out ways to integrate with other platforms (like marketing automation tools, for example) to enhance functionality for everyone. As Computer World says, “What’s next for Drupal? Gauging by their history, we can expect Drupal's appeal and use to continue to broaden throughout the civic, social, and business spheres. Additionally, it seems unlikely for it to stray from its roots as a collaboration-driven, operator-sensitive system with supporters, users, and developers firmly entrenched in the open source community.”
The future of Drupal is looking bright. We can’t wait to help make it happen.
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