Open Source Drupal Marks the Spot for eBay’s X.com

“According to Dries Buytaert — Drupal’s founder and chief
technology officer at Acquia, the commercial outfit he built around
the open source project — giants such as Twitter, Intel,
Symantec, and Brightcove are running similar developer communities
atop the platform. All use Acquia Commons, a Drupal distribution
billed as an open source alternative to Jive and other ‘social
business’ platforms. The distro includes the core Drupal code as
well as various modules — or extensions — designed to
foster online communication, in part through integration with
Facebook and other social networks.

“Drupal is a ‘content management system,’ or CMS, a platform for
managing the operation of a website, but it was designed so that
the open source community could easily build modules that expand
its set of tools, and with over 10,000 modules now on offer, the
platform can compete across myriad software markets. Acquia also
offers a product management distro that competes with tools such as
Basecamp, for instance, and another for managing classes at
academic institutions.”