Today was a great day for Drupal.

We kicked off our largest Drupal conference ever – more than 800 Drupal enthusiasts from all over of the world are getting together in Boston for one week to brainstorm, to share and to work on Drupal. DrupalCon Boston sold out six days in advance. It is twice the size of DrupalCon Barcelona, held just 6 months ago. It has been a blast so far.

Today I also gave my traditional State of Drupal keynote presentation. While the preparation of such a presentation is never easy, I relish the chance to both look back upon what the Drupal community has accomplished in the past year and look forward to what the future holds in store for Drupal.

The slides and video of my presentation will be made available later, but needless to say, the state of our union is strong. We released Drupal 6 last month, and the response has been outstanding. Drupal 6 is our best release ever and a tremendous milestone for every member of the Drupal community.

Last but not least, today also marks the official "launch" of Acquia. That is, Acquia issued a press release outlining our product and services roadmap for 2008. In this announcement, and on the Acquia website, we introduced two projects that we are very excited about -- code-named Carbon and Spokes.

Carbon will be Acquia’s first Drupal distribution. Spokes will be an intelligent update notification service. This service will supply detailed compatibility and interdependency information to Acquia subscribers about updates to supported distributions.

In a model similar to established commercial open source vendors like Red Hat, MySQL and Ubuntu, the update notification service will be available to customers who purchase Acquia subscriptions, while the distribution will be made available freely.

We believe quite strongly in fostering an open product development environment at Acquia – enabling you to voice your opinions about what Acquia should build. In fact, Ubuntu is already doing this today with Ubuntu Brainstorm -- using Drupal to invite their community to submit and vote on product ideas.

I encourage each of you to learn more about Carbon and Spokes and look forward to hearing your input and suggestions. I founded Acquia with Jay with the goal of growing Drupal by a factor of 10, creating opportunities for all of us to grow as individuals, as community members and as organizations. We will only achieve this by working together with you to do what's best for Drupal overall.

Thank you – for your enthusiasm, for your contributions, and your continued support.

Thank you – for making today a great day for Drupal.

Comments

Lior ֿKesos (not verified):

Hi Dries,

The lecture (as usual) was fascinating and funny and inspirational but the rdf stuff in the end blew me away.

As I exited the hall when we went out I muttered to someone next to me that basically the difference between average or lousy leaders to great ones is vision.

That talk reassured me (yet again) that you have that vision and that we are in good hands.

Rock on,
Lior

Matthew Davidson (not verified):

Just a quick pedantic correction: Ubuntu doesn't charge for updates or update notifications, or indeed for anything. Canonical, the major sponsor of Ubuntu, charges for Ubuntu-related services, but not system updates.
Also, I don't want to sound picky, but I'm not sure what the purpose of demanding user registration to view your project pages might be. It's definitely not creating the impression that you "believe quite strongly in fostering an open product development environment".

gerard (not verified):

Dries - nice to see you guys building a scalable business model. I think most of us understand that Open Source projects can't survive indefinitely without the participants finding some way to profit from their work.

Can I suggest that somewhere down the line, you pick up some of the more popular Drupal modules and try to give them official support in line with Drupal core? I think this might help the adoption of the newer versions as I know a few people who are holding back upgrades to v6 because of incompatible modules.

MrBizNiz (not verified):

Nice & Congratulations !

~but~

Can we have cck & views in core (now, or maybe even something better) ? We really could use the latest jQuery,templating enhancements & "AhaH" (= stupid name, but cool tech).

D6 without cck & views isn't useable (at least for us :/).

Releasing 6 without those absolutely necessary modules was a huge mistake ! By the time most business (= real users, not your garland themed blog kids!) users will adopt D6, D7 will be around the corner with more bugs (large install base = more testing = less bugs). Now that you're are running a business show you should understand :P

Shai Gluskin (not verified):

I don't think it was until about 4 months after D5 was released that real, live, non-personal-blog production sites were able to launch or upgrade to Drupal 5 due to the need for key contributed modules.

Drupal 5 has been a huge success and I think the timing for six on launching "real" sites will be about the same. There is simply a lag that you have to plan for. No big deal; it is expected.

The people who might be complaining due to Drupal's release cycle, the module developers, are not complaining. Instead, they are busting their butts to upgrade their modules. CCK and Views will be out soon. And with Views, the D6 version comes totally upgraded with new UI and features.

People are excited. You are welcome to join the bandwagon.

As for Views not being in core, Dries is leveraging, to the advantage of the entire Drupal community, Earl's incredible commitment to Views and his creativity. He has done huge work improving the Views code. When (note I say "when") Views gets into core, it's evolution must slow down and Earl loses his control over it. It's just a matter of timing, and I think Dries is playing it right.