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Drupal Gets Non-Profit Backing 77

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DrupalAssociation writes "Drupal, the popular and widely used CMS, now has the backing of a non-profit association. Having grown in size and scope for the last six years, the Drupal software project needs more structured support with infrastructure, marketing and funding. The Drupal Association will help with these needs but will not be directly involved with Drupal software development. Donations are now being solicited. Plans for Corporate and individual membership are being drawn and will be announced at a later time. Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal and the President of the Association, announced the Association on Drupal.org today."
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Drupal Gets Non-Profit Backing

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  • So a non-profit organisation wants my donations? I'd feel much better if a non-profit organisation was soliciting my donations. Or calling it a subscription ;)
  • by User 956 (568564) on Monday February 26, 2007 @05:30PM (#18158862) Homepage
    The Drupal Association will help with these needs but will not be directly involved with Drupal software development. Donations are now being solicited.

    So my donation to Drupal will not be used to suppord development of Drupal? what?
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by jo42 (227475)

      the Drupal software project needs more structured support with infrastructure, marketing and funding.
      Someone figured out:

      3) Profit!!!
    • Re:huh? (Score:5, Informative)

      by DrupalAssociation (1068742) on Monday February 26, 2007 @05:37PM (#18158956)
      Right. It will go to support the infrastructure of Drupal.org (and related sites, like http://groups.drupal.org/ [drupal.org] events, marketing and infrastructure. The Association may also sponsor Drupal related development (to improve the release system, or make a new Drupal.org theme, for example), but the Association is *not* involved in the development of the Drupal software. This is an important distinction and is legally binding. What it means is that the Association Board of Directors won't be voting on which features make Drupal core, or whether we should support Sybase but not Oracle etc...
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by fymidos (512362)
        Could you define marketing? It is my experience that marketing has a great influence in the development of the software ...

        • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward

          It is my experience that marketing has a great influence in the development of the software ...
          Java
    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      So my donation to Drupal will not be used to suppord development of Drupal? what?

      It might, but that has not yet been decided. If that's where you want the money to go, then don't spend it. They plan to spend money on outreach/proselytization so far (mostly in the form of travel.)

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        Actually, building out Drupal.org infrastructure and and organizing conferences (as in, renting rooms) are higher priority items than paying for individuals' travel. But as of yet, no purchasing decisions have been made, so the current Board of Directors has no track record spending money.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 26, 2007 @05:36PM (#18158942)
    Not only are there a dozen things labeled "CMS", even the ones that are supposedly the same (such as Code Management Systems) disagree on what a CMS really is or does.

    I just steer away from that sort of thing on principle....
    • by DrupalAssociation (1068742) on Monday February 26, 2007 @05:42PM (#18159020)
      Actually, I (Robert Douglass) agree. CMS is an overloaded term. I would have rather used "web application framework", which is what I use Drupal as. It's just that CMS (as in content management system) seems to be what people most readily lable Drupal as being, and I didn't want to distract attention from the project's great news with an article on the semantics or value of the acronym CMS.
      • by celardore (844933) *
        I regard Drupal as a framework. I'm very lazy, but I like to have a blog - mainly for myself. I don't care ever so much if it never gets read, but I know it does by a few people. I use Drupal because I know I can expand it if I want, I can add my own code in fairly easily. At a time I can be bothered too. I use it as a blog for now, as a frontend for my site. If I want to add more in later, I will.

        Thanks.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        At work they keep saying CMS and I can only assume it stands for Crap Management System.
      • I read a comment once on drupal.org which described Drupal as a "CMS construction kit." I've found it to be a very apt description. Drupal isn't meant to be a working CMS out of the box so much as it's meant to provide a framework for a programmer to quickly create a customized CMS.
    • I agree. The article is defective. I tried Wikipedia entry for CMS, and am no clearer on what this is. Looks like a typical FUM to me.
  • by garcia (6573) on Monday February 26, 2007 @05:50PM (#18159140) Homepage
    From their FAQ [drupal.org]:

    Why does Dries, and not the Drupal Association, hold the domain name?

    Dries has always retained access to the domain name, and has a proven track history of being responsible with its care. The Drupal Association as yet is unestablished, and would represent a great risk to place something so important to the community in its hands, at least at this stage.


    In my limited experience with non-profits and owning/running a website that goes along with them, it is in the best interest of everyone that the holdings be owned by the association rather than individuals tied to the association. Simply put, regardless of how someone has dealt with the ownership in the past, if anything goes south, the first response is sometimes to spite them and yank the holdings and then you're screwed.

    Operating the business behind the domain is one thing but having full ownership of it is another. If the group is serious about this being the face of Drupal, I suggest that they go into it the entire way before something similar to the recent ESR [slashdot.org] drama and they pull out after years of support.
    • This was arguably the hardest decision in the formation of the Association.
      • by garcia (6573)
        This was arguably the hardest decision in the formation of the Association.

        Do you mean that Dries wouldn't give up ownership? If he's really behind it, he would have.

        As a Drupal user (who has donated money in the past) I am interested in knowing if I should give money to the cause via the Association or not.
        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Thanatopsis (29786)
          It reflects Dries age - he's unwilling to cede control of the domain. (And didn't bother to register drupal.com). He's got founderitis which isn't surprising really - it's his first project. Drupal itself is incredible difficult to maintain as evidenced by sloppy coding practices (No test suite for commits [thalasar.com] anyone). Most people using Drupal would be better off using Movable Type [thalasar.com]
          • by garcia (6573)
            It reflects Dries age - he's unwilling to cede control of the domain. (And didn't bother to register drupal.com). He's got founderitis which isn't surprising really - it's his first project.

            This may be true and IMHO, if the Association wants to succeed, they should work on attempting to persuade Dries from his current opinion as it's extremely shortsighted.

            The rest of your comment is trollfood and shouldn't have been included.
            • Not troll food my friend Drupal's development practices are driven by one guy and he's no Linus.
              From the Drupal site,

              http://drupal.org/node/11521 [drupal.org]

              "Drupal is currently lacking some test suite to be run by developers before submitting important patches. The simpletest module shows some great promise but it is unfortunately not widely adopted yet and there aren't many tests written. See here for a tutorial on how to write tests for your module.

              The following setup isn't really a test suite but it is a start to a
          • by GrouchoMarx (153170) on Monday February 26, 2007 @10:21PM (#18162264) Homepage
            As a Drupal developer for the past year and a half, I can't disagree more. Yes, Dries disagrees with major contributors often, and has shot down my ideas at times too, but on the whole the high standards that he (and the other committers and core contributors, of whom there are many) holds to have kept the system moving in the right direction. How many open source systems out there do have full coverage test suites for everything? A minority, I wager.

            And of course Drupal's very architecture, hyper-modular like Eclipse and even more plugin-based than OSS darling Firefox, encourages pushing functionality out to contrib modules where it can be developed more rapidly and without weighing down the core system with extra code (read: extra bugs).

            I don't know what the plans are as far as trademark and domain name ownership long term, as I'm not involved with the Association directly. I agree that it would be a good place for such things, but it was only just founded. Give it time to sort out the legal details. I know a few of the other people who are on the Association's board of directors, and I know they are not short-sighted people.
          • by caluml (551744)
            I use Drupal because it works, and it also works on Postgres. I didn't want to have to install MySQL just to have a piece of blog software that I would occasionally write stuff on.
        • You nailed it. Drupal is Dries's and never will be anyone elses. Look thru the forums and count the number of times people have come up with ways to work around the bugs and then right before it gets committed, Dries pops in with 'Coding style sucks, this is slow, why do we need this, it works for me."

          • Drupal development (Score:4, Informative)

            by UnConeD (576155) on Tuesday February 27, 2007 @04:41AM (#18164196)
            What bizarro world do you live in?

            Yes, Drupal maintains high code standards, which are frequently a reason not to commit patches. All these practices, as well as detailed guidelines in terms of security, API usage, theming, localization, ... are published on the web site. Dries himself frequently runs benchmarks on Drupal and identifies areas where a patch can be improved. The community also polices itself when it comes to contributed modules, and tries to avoid overlap between them.

            Besides Dries, there are 4 other people with core commit access (including me). Two of those were added about a year ago, matching our increased growth. They are respected community members who have demonstrated fair and balanced judgement and excellent technical skills. We all maintain the same standards, and give each patch a fair review. For the Drupal 5.0 release, almost 500 people submitted patches. Several of those affected key parts of Drupal's core. Many of those have been and are still being developed as contributed modules that are slowly seeping into core. For example, Drupal 5 includes user-definable content types, which was incorporated from CCK.module.

            When a patch is rejected, there is always a good reason given. Most people however forget that Drupal is used and deployed in a variety of scenarios, and that what goes for them doesn't necessary apply to others. This is why we try to make sure that as many parts of Drupal can be altered, extended or removed by modules, so that nobody needs to create a fork (which causes update/maintenance hassles).
          • by alienmole (15522)
            You nailed it. Similarly, Linux is Linus' and never will be anyone else's. No wait -- on second thought, don't be a moron. If you don't recognize an incredibly successful project when you see it, the fault is with you, not with the people who made it what it is.
  • CMS? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by skintigh2 (456496)
    I love it when people drop random TLAs (three letter acronyms) that hardly anyone has ever seen and not bother to define them.

    It's even better when they have multiple definitions.

    It's even better when none of them actually fit, since the website says Drugal is a content managment platform (CMP)
  • ...if Joomla doesn't release 1.5 soon, I may be spending a lot more time with Drupal. I hope this is a step in the right direction for them...
    • Have you tried Joomla! 1.5 Beta [joomla.org]?

      I have been sitting on the fence for some time. The kind of discussion going on now is tilting me towards the Joomla camp considering that I am not a coding expert anymore.
      • Well the site I work on (primarily) gets a high amount of traffic, so I didn't want to risk the beta...when we were first going to switch to Joomla, I thought about it but the main problem is waiting for the developers of the components, modules, and mambots to update their stuff.

        Joomla is nice and I've worked on a few custom modules and components (not ready for release yet). The 1.5 delay is really getting to me, however, because I'm becoming more and more reliant on code based on 1.0.12 From what I
  • Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal and the President of the Association, announced the Association on Drupal.org today.


    Yes. But he had already announced it on sunday at FOSDEM [fosdem.org].
  • Do you want such a high level framework? To see things always not quite doing what you want, to always have to do complex upgrades at the last minute when a new exploit is found?

    Do you want to invest in a framework where there's no real api (just convention, that can't be enforced reliably), no standard practices like unit tests, a language (PHP) that is under constant flux, the developers are always arguing over whether they should actually use things like encapsulation or just keep on with arrays (everyth
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by truthsearch (249536)
      I've been using Drupal for years and could not disagree more. I was on the developer's mailing list for a long time helping out people new to the code. I contributed a few modules. I stuck with Drupal after trying many many other options. None were better written (for PHP). Most other projects do not pay as much attention to the platform aspect of their software. And most other systems aren't as easy or flexible enough to add modules.

      BTW, if a module you like isn't supported in 4.7, keep on using 4.6.
      • by jmcdood (1068930)
        Disagree with what?

        You can stick with older versions for a little while, but the whole point is to have modules available, as soon as x.x+1 comes out you no longer have that advantage. And you can't test or support modules because there is no real API or tests. And after a while, your older version starts to have no support so you're better off taking it offline.

        Glad it is working out for you, but maybe its just because of your personal investment.
        • You've got it backwards. I made the personal investment (and financial investment) because it works out for me. I've built quite a few sites with Drupal. It's got a great API. Once I've got a site up there's little reason to upgrade because the site's built and doesn't usually require new modules.

          I invest the time up front so I don't usually need new modules down the line. Therefore a site can stay with one Drupal version for years. At least that's my experience.
          • by jmcdood (1068930)
            Again, glad it is working out for you, but one would think most sites might benefit from emerging modules, but I guess yours are just fulfilling one static requirement.
    • by gbobeck (926553)
      Kinda like Zope / Plone.

      (ducks)
  • by Qbertino (265505) on Monday February 26, 2007 @08:35PM (#18161138)
    One really anoying thing with PHP/MySQL Solutions is that there's so many of them. And a lot are so crappy it's unbelievable.

    Here's my breakdown of systems worth mentioning and that I've worked with/administrated/looked into:

    Typo3 [typo3.org] - the scariest heap of PHP code ever. 7 years of historically grown code mess. Don't even think of looking at the current data model. The operating system of OSS CMSes, the first to sport a proper GUI and an own configuration language and heavy Ajax use in the backend (before it was called Ajax). Large community. Despite the mess it is, its performance requirements and it's notably difficult install process, it is a very powerfull, flexible, secure and stable system. Usefull extensions number in the thousands and it is one of the bridgeheads of OSS into the corporate world and powers a notable amout of large scale / high profile / heavy traffic websites. It's extremly popular in web agencies throughout the german speaking world (probably because it had a german backend from early on) and basically has allready grown beyond critical mass in Europe. Reddot [reddot.com] regularly pee their pants when they hear 'Typo3'. The Webagencies using it as their prime tool are actually called Typo3 agencies sometimes. You can make a fair living as a Typo3 expert in Germany. There's a regular magazine on Typo3 (some articles in english as free PDF available: http://www.yeebase.com/home/ [yeebase.com] ) and 20+ german books about it.

    If you want to dive into an OSS CMS for good it's not the worst choice. If T3 doesn't have it, you probably don't need it. However the learning curve is steep and it's a german-style overengineered monster, despite being initially built by a danish guy. You have been warned.

    Note: The T5 team (a subgroup of the core T3 community) is currently rebuilding an entirely new architecture from scratch and plans to be finished with the new branch (Typo3 5.0) in about 2 years. Which actually keeps me interested in the project.

    EZ Publish [ez.no] - same league as T3 yet smaller community. Backend less scary. Probably less features.

    Joomla [joomla.org] - descendant of Mambo, factually it's successor. My and many others favourite. The first turnkey OSS CMS that doesn't look like shit. Hence the raging success. Installation is a breeze. Considered a strong competitor to Typo3 in Germany, despite lacking a German backend. Which means a lot, because Typo3 owns Germany (see above). 1000+ Extensions and Plugins and many German books on it and a magazine aswell - which went broke after 3 issues though :-) .

    PHP CMS [phpcms.de] - yes it's called that way. Very small, simple, no DB needed. My first. Not very big but good enough for small sites.

    Drupal [drupal.org] seems to much between the above and the Wordpress/b2evolution Blog-park to be of interest to me. I've heard alot about it, he community is very active and a lot of people in the T3 and Joomla Camp accept it as one of theirs. However, there's only so much systems you can look into before it get's pointless. Drupal may be worth a try aswell for those who are interested.
    • My experience with Joomla/Mambo code base is that it's about the same level as Os-Commerce's. Which is about has bad as it can get...
      Drupal is like a new breed of sysem when considering the code.
    • by shish (588640)

      Joomla - descendant of Mambo, factually it's successor. My and many others favourite.

      Mind if I ask why? I've been looking for a CMS for a website I run; I tried several, giving them a few hours each. In the two hours I gave Joomla, I was unable to figure out how to edit the contact details bit, I couldn't see how to edit existing articles, nor how to change the layout of the page. In fact, after a couple of hours, I'd basically achieved absolutely nothing.

      Then I tried Drupal; within two hours I had crea

  • If they manage to get any money the first thing they should spend it on is generating some decent documentation. The current stuff is out of date, half complete rubbish.

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