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Drupal: From a Drop in the Ocean to a Big Fish in the CMS World

Oct 18, 2007, 11:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dahna McConnachie)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Drupal started out as a college experiment.

"In 2000, permanent Internet connections were at a premium for University of Antwerp students, so Dries Buytaert set up a wireless bridge between student dorms to share an ADSL modem connection among eight students. This led Buytaert to work on a small news site with a built-in Web board, allowing the group of friends to leave each other notes and messages. While looking for a suitable domain name for his Web board, Buytaert settled for 'drop.org' after he made a typo to see if the name 'dorp.org' was still available. Dorp is the Dutch word for 'village,' which was considered a fitting name for the small community. The message board, which got its name via a typo evolved in to an open source project called Drupal in 2001. Drupal is derived from the Dutch word 'druppel,' which means 'drop' as in a water droplet..."

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