Fear and Loathing in Open Source Marketing
Mar 04, 2008, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark R. Hinkle)
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"Drupal recently made a deal with the devils (venture
capitalists) by virtue of the a $7 million investment in Acquia.
Acquia owns the Drupal brand (or at least legally they do). Drupal
lead (and Acquia co-founder) Dries Buytaert and the fine people at
Acquia along with their backers are now at the crossroads faced by
every vendor who sells free software... How do they supply a return
on their investment without recommitting the sins of their
proprietary software brethren or alienating the community that so
far has driven their success.
"Despite being the owner of the Drupal brand and employing the
project lead Dries Buytaert, Acquia has to figure out how to
balance their commercial concerns as well as the care and feeding
of the vibrant Drupal community..."