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

Oct 14, 2011, 20:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cade Metz)

"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."

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