Drupal Association launched

For many of us, Drupal is very much a labor of love. It's a story of having fun and working hard. If you follow what we do, it's easy to understand what we're all about -- making it easy to build websites, both for users and developers. Passion spreads and as a result, Drupal's size and scope has grown beyond what an ad hoc group of volunteers can realistically manage.

Organizing last summer's Drupal conference in Brussels would have been a lot easier with some financial backing, for example. Maintaining, scaling, upgrading, and improving the Drupal.org infrastructure is becoming a monumental task.

In response, we're proud to launch the Drupal Association. The Drupal Association is a non-profit organization with one goal: to support the Drupal project.

I wanted the Drupal Association to be a servant to the Drupal community, and to give it what it needs to flourish. Like this, the Drupal community can focus on what it does best: satisfying our users, defining Drupal's technical direction and having a blast.

After talking to various leaders in the Open Source community, I got together with Dries Knapen and Steven Wittens and we spent days drafting statutes and internal regulations. These were checked by legal advisors, refined, checked and proof-read by various members of the Drupal community until we were confident to incorporate the Drupal Association. Today, the Drupal Association has been incorporated, we assembled the initial board of directors, and we're ready to get to work.

Creating the Drupal Association opens up a number of opportunities. For example, donations may be given to the project through a central entity, rather than to individual community members. By handling administrative tasks, such as event management, resources are freed within the community to focus on improving the Drupal project. In the future, it will also provide the opportunity for individuals and businesses to be formally recognized as supporters of the project.

Needless to say, I'm really excited about the Drupal Association and we've big plans for it, too.

You can read more in our official press release and the official announcement or simply by checking out the Drupal Association's website.


Zim (not verified):

Hey!! Congratulations!
Very nice initiative :)

February 26, 2007
Anonymous (not verified):


The Drupal Association website makes things very clear as well! Keep up the good work...

February 26, 2007
Itkovian (not verified):

Dries et al., congratulations! I hope the hard work keeps paying off.

February 26, 2007
OSLinux (not verified):


I think it is time to also share my experience about Drupal. To this day I have not found any explanation for its name.

Will Drupal become Windows-like or Linux-coordinated?!

Drupal is a great CMS but people in the business world do not choose the best program but the one which is best documented. Drupal.org is a chaotic mess since there one cannot admit that any forum is providing much better platform on behalf of user support (bridge it!).

Since Drupal is so flexible it is in danger to lose its shape. Take a look at e107, simple, but any office can run it in 5 min.

The key for success is module documentation. How image modules behave, how one can provide access not by node but by user ... All this is making Drupal confusing and cries out for a computer technician which must be paid in the cooperate world. Thus decision-makers go and get other on the surface more simpler solutions. :(

In other words, there are too many cooks here without hierarchy ... Look at the code reviewer module output.

Simple steps in the right direction and Drupal gains the BUSINESS market (BTW I am running an high profile site with parts in Drupal now!).

How do I update safely from Drupal 5.0 to 5.1 automatically? These things need to be dealt with. Like debian.org apt the modules should be inserted into Drupal...

My friend, you have a great product, but its marketing and its donations are not that great yet in my view.

I am willing to take a leading role in the future as I love Drupal as much as I love Linux, and both have the same issue: they must face to play in the "Microsoft Windows" world BUT by our terms of sound biz-oriented open source!!!

Drupal is not an hobby, it is a mission. :) At least for me ...

February 27, 2007
venkat-rk (not verified):


I don't know what the plans are for fundraising, may be CiviContribute later on, but in the mean time, chipin.com might be a good service. The widget it provides is excellent, makes the fundraising campaign totally transparent and, best of all, hordes of Drupal users can promote the same widget on their own blogs, thus exponentially increasing the reach of the campaign.

All it needs is a Paypal account and people can use either Paypal or their credit cards to pay. It will take probably 5 minutes to get this campaign going.

February 27, 2007


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