In a research note, Gartner predicted what most people already knew: proprietary software is going to face serious pricing pressure from a range of different software trends. Specifically, Gartner identified seven trends putting pricing pressure on software business models:

These include business process outsourcing; software as a service (SaaS); low-cost development environments, such as China and India, combined with modular architectures and service-oriented architectures; the emergence of third-party software maintenance and support; growing interest in open source; the rise of Chinese software companies; and the expansion of the Brazilian, Chinese and Indian markets.

I wonder how many executives took a poop after reading Gartner's research note ... Not too many, you would hope.

Anyway, it looks like Drupal is in good shape: it is open source software with a modular architecture that lends itself to delivering web services. Also, Drupal 6 is all about reaching out to more people; I'm confident that Drupal 6's localization (l10n) and internationalization (i18n) improvements will help us get more traction in Brazil, China and India. Plus, with Drupal companies like Raincity Studios opening offices in China, there have been talks about organizing a Chinese Drupal conference.


Peter Vandenabeele (not verified):

What do you think of the Affero license in this context. An extension of GPL v3 that also requires sharing source code for applications that are run over a network ( section 13 reads: "...your modified version must prominently offer all users interacting with it remotely through a computer network ... an opportunity to receive the Corresponding Source of your version ...").

Might be a relevant concept for sites expanding on top of Drupal, but not being required to "give back", since all code runs on their servers.


Peter Vandenabeele (not verified):

@greggles - thanks for that link. Interesting discussion. Once more, it stresses the importance of choosing the right license at the start (because one founds a community with certain views on the licensing and "freedom" matters, that is not easily changed afterwards).

Khalid -- 2bits (not verified):

Seems that the FSF is pushing for the AGPL. If a project decides to license its software under the AGPL, then basically the web services loophole is no longer an option for that project.

This does not apply to Drupal, because it is GPL2 so far, and that is not about to change anytime soon.

Matthew Davidson (not verified):

I don't think the FSF is pushing the AGPL - if anything it's rather the reverse. Early on in the GPLv3 drafting process it was suggested that the GPL should be used to close the "web services loophole", and that was pretty emphatically rejected. Instead, the FSF has opted to port the improvements in GPLv3 to a new version of the AGPL for those who think the possible negative consequenses of the web services loophole outweigh the need for freedom to make private modifications.

It's pretty clear that the FSF aren't in that camp. In recent talks ( Eben Moglen has been suggesting that the appropriate solution to the potential problems in giving all your data to Google, Facebook, et. al., and not being able to modify the software that they use to run their services, is simply for us as users to run our own equivalent services.

Of course this is what we all do every day by running Drupal. It would be nice though if everybody who currently uses these monolithic services could similarly take control of their data and online applications.

Wouldn't it be cool if every modem/router came with a preinstalled DMZ running Drupal? Let a thousand (or perhaps million) Facebooks bloom.

Rafael Ferreir… (not verified):

As the Brazilian Drupal community website maintainer I can say we are trying to make Drupal more popular here.

We have a lot of challenges here and l10 is one of the most important ones.

One of our goals is to create high quality documentation in our language. This is the main objective for now, due the Drupal's complexity and the low knowledge of English among Brazilian people.

Count on us to help Drupal get more visibility here!

Eriksen Costa (not verified):

I would like to say that Drupal is getting more popular in Brazil due to the quality of the project itself.

It is worthy to remember that marketing efforts are important; not everyone has a technical background to decide whether to use Drupal or another CMS/framework.

Count on the Brazilian folks!