Thursday, March 29, 2012

DrupalCon Munich is around the corner

As announced on stage at DrupalCon Denver, we have just opened the Call for Papers for DrupalCon Munich 2012, as well as keynotes, call for trainings, scholarships, and registration. The Drupal Association and the Munich DrupalCon committee have been preparing for the next DrupalCon for months now. Things will move into high gear once DrupalCon Denver closes its doors, later this week.
Announcing ...

Keynote speakers

DrupalCon Munich announces three keynotes by open source and industry visionaries, including Dries Buytaert - the founder of the Drupal project talking about the future of Drupal on Tuesday, August 21; Anke Domscheit-Berg, a renowned expert in open government and open data, speaking on Tuesday, August 22; and Fabien Potencier, CEO of SensioLabs and founder of the Symfony project speaking on Wednesday, August 23.

Call for papers

Your contribution is needed! Come to Munich and share your expertise with the most amazing open source community in the world. Submit your session ideas at

Early Bird registration opens today!

Registration for DrupalCon Munich is now open. The special early-bird rate is €350 for the first 300 tickets, after that the price is €400 until June 15, and 475 until July 31. Late registration after this date until August 17 will be €525. On-site registration will be €575. The is a limited number of tickets available at a rate of €200 for students and non profit organisations (all prices inclusive of VAT). Register now at

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Google Summer of Code is Back for 2012!

Some of Drupal's Summer of Code success stories include:
  • a post-secondary student looking for an exciting project with a thriving development community and tons of smart people you can work with
  • an existing Drupal contributor who happens to be attending college/university and would love a chance to get paid over the summer to work on the "Next Big Drupal Thing"
  • a seasoned Drupal developer with some time over the summer, who'd truly enjoy mentoring and helping the next generation of contributors make Drupal the best that it can be
  • a Drupal community member who might not have the time or coding experience to mentor, but knows where to find resources and enjoys helping others find them.
  • someone with a great project idea for an improvement in Drupal that would be perfect for a student to work on over the summer
  • a Drupal evangelist who wants to help grow the community by actively engaging students
...then there's something for you in Summer of Code! Read on to find out more.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

How to Grow a Virtual Company #drupalcon

At DrupalCon in Denver, Lullabot President and cofounder Matt Westgate shared lessons in running and growing a successful, sustainable virtual company.

In 2006, Matt Westgate and Jeff Robbins, Lullabot's CEO and cofounder, sent an email to Drupal founder Dries Buytaert announcing the launch of Lullabot. “Really we just wanted to hire our friends in the community and keep doing kick ass Drupal work,” Westgate explained in his Tuesday afternoon DrupalCon talk, "Growing a Virtual Company & Maintaining Team Moxie." Westgate admits that he didn't have a management background, so he learned as the company grew.

“Drupal is a social network,” Westgate says. He says distributed companies are also like social networks, and you have to create a lot of things that a physical company has, such as a water cooler-type of environment.
In his talk, Westgate addressed what he calls the Top 5 Virtual Company Myths:
  • Not a real company
  • Communication is inefficient
  • No teamwork
  • Lonely job
  • There's no way it's sustainable
Look at Amazon versus Border Books, or Netflix versus Blockbuster, he says. “Never before has geographic location mattered less for the type of work that we do,” he adds. In fact, he expects to see a lot more virtual companies start popping up.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Distribution packaging now fully supported on

Distributions provide one of the biggest opportunities for both the Drupal project and its ecosystem. Although there has been support for distribution packaging on since December 2009, there were many restrictions on what could be packaged for technical and legal reasons. By solving the underlying legal, technical, security, and usability problems, these restrictions have been lifted and fully-featured distributions are now enabled on! This move enables thousands of active developers to pursue distribution development with a consistent set of tools for managing version control, releases, issue tracking, collaboration, and documentation.

Funding for the project was generously provided by major distribution developers:

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Acquia Takes Drupal Success to the Bank With 150% Revenue Growth

Acquia, a commercial provider of Drupal CMS services and support, released 2011 financials that show nearly 150% revenue growth.  

With almost 150% revenue growth in 2011, Acquia more than doubled its profits from the previous year. Further, the company tripled its client base, which includes big players such as Twitter, eBay, Maxim Magazine and Mercedes-Benz. No wonder the young company landed on the Forbes list of 100 most promising companies in 2011.
Last month, Acquia made it back onto KMWorld's 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management list, and earlier this year, the company added two new members to its board.

With about 200 employees around the world and new offices in Oxford, the United Kingdom and Portland, Acquia is growing at such a fast pace that it launched Acquia U last year, a program to train and place Drupal developers and designers. In July 2011, Acquia scored US$ 15 million in funding, which supported the company's efforts to accelerate its international expansion.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Commerce Guys Put Drupal to Work with US$ 5M Funding

French-American based Commerce Guys announced today an influx of US$ 5 million in Series A funding led by European venture firms Alven Capital, Espoo and ISAI.

A New Home

With the funding, the company behind Drupal Commerce announced plans to nearly double its current staff of 37 with an additional 30 members. The new hires will be split 50/50 between the company's US offices and European locations in Paris and the UK. The company's US operations are in San Francisco and Jackson, MI.

A Growing Proposition

This expansion could be the next step for Commerce Guys, whose open source framework is currently used by 10,000 sites worldwide and counting. The company currently balances both sides of the coin, pushing Drupal as the solution to Enterprise’s e-Commerce needs, while acting as a sponsor to past DrupalCons and providing patches to the greater Drupal open source community.

Drupal Commerce currently runs on the Drupal 7 platform, promising the flexibility that the multiple modules the Drupal community have built and the all important security for enterprise needs. It is a one step solution, though the complications that come with any custom built Drupal site can apply.

Will companies move past the myths of Drupal and embrace the open source framework as the solution to their Web CMS needs? Three firms are betting yes to the tune of US$5 million.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

ubmit and vote on your ideas

Two of the Drupal Association's 2012 priorities are to make awesome: both for site builders and for developers. We want to hear from you about what improvements you'd most like to see on

Please let us know your thoughts at You can propose new ideas, vote on existing ideas, and also leave comments. When we have the more discrete list of things we plan to cover in 2012 and when, we'll share it with the community for feedback.

Important things to note:
  1. Please don't limit yourself only to big things. The more high-impact, "low hanging fruit" we can fix, the better! :) All suggestions must have a correlating URL on * with more information.
  2. Voting on an idea here does **not** necessarily mean it will get implemented, even if it's one of the highest (or even *the* highest) thing in the list. We are using this tool as a barometer to find out more about what our contributor community thinks is important, so we can factor this into our prioritization process.
  3. That prioritization process will include needs of the Drupal Association itself (e.g. DrupalCon & membership-related tasks so we can perform our other necessary functions), the needs of the infrastructure team (keeps the servers humming), and the needs of the DA's sponsors (keeps the money flowing so we can fund more improvements!).
  4. Unfortunately, no, this is not a Drupal site. If this fact appalls you, there is an idea in there that you can up-vote. :) It does allow data export capabilities though, so yay!
HUGE kudos to tvn for a tremendous amount of research on existing ideas that are out there, and jredding and kattekrab for several hours of brainstorming. :)

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Drupal 6.25 released

Drupal 6.25, a maintenance release fixing issues reported through the bug tracking system, is now available for download. There are no security fixes in this release. Upgrading your existing Drupal 6 sites is recommended, especially if you skipped Drupal 6.24 due to update issues.

Download Drupal 6.25

Drupal 6.25 builds on top of Drupal 6.24 and includes all the previous bugfixes and security improvements. Changes in this release only fix issues introduced with the previous bugfix release (Drupal 6.24). The list of all fixes included is:
  1. Rollback for issue #12274 given that it does not consider email domain names with hyphens valid after the first component of the domain name.
  2. #1425868 by ELC, lort, greg.harvey, David_Rothstein: Fixed duplicate entry of theme primary key in system table on Drupal 6.24 when updating using drush.
  3. #1425260 by mgifford: Fixed 'Call to undefined function locale_inc_callback()' during 6.22 -> 6.24 upgrade if locale module was previously enabled but is not currently enabled.
A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable 6.x branch can be found in the git commit log. There are no new features in this release. More information on the 6.x releases can be found in the Drupal 6.0 release announcement. Drupal 5 is no longer maintained, upgrading to Drupal 6 is recommended.

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