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Fear and Loathing in Open Source Marketing

Mar 04, 2008, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark R. Hinkle)

"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..."

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