Ruby Gem for Mollom

Jan De Poorter of Openminds (my favorite hosting company), wrote a Ruby Gem for Mollom. You can get the Gem from Jan told me that a Ruby on Rails plugin is on its way, so keep an eye on Jan's development blog. Thanks Jan!

Money versus time in Open Source

I think Sun/MySQL's Marten Mickos nailed it when he said "There's a difference between organizations that have more time than money and organizations that have more money than time". Read Savio Rodrigues' post on InfoWorld and Matt Asay's post on CNET for more background.

Companies or individuals that have more time than money, don't mind asking support questions on the forum, debugging problems or implementing missing functionality. Often, they thoroughly enjoy themselves participating in the community. This is exactly what the Drupal community is good at: collaboration and innovation. As a community, we should continue to invest in tools and documentation, and we should make Drupal faster, easier and better.

Companies that have more money than time, hire a consultant, get a support contract, and pay for a subscription to electronic services that helps them manage their Open Source software stack. They often don't want to collaborate or drive innovation. They want someone to cultivate the Open Source wilderness and to remove the product's pain points. This is exactly the business that Acquia is in. Acquia will build the Drupal-tuned analogue of the RedHat Network, over which we can deliver a wide variety of electronic services intended to be useful to people developing and operating Drupal websites.

Money versus time. It is a no-brainer. Marten nailed it.

PHP5 class for Mollom

Tijs Verkoyen of CR Solutions used the Mollom API documentation to create a PHP5 class for Mollom. Tijs' class is available under terms of a BSD license, so you can use it to integrate Mollom into your PHP applications. We've added the class on the Mollom download page. Thanks Tijs!

Mollom API now available

In hours previously wasted sleeping, we've worked hard to finalize and document the Mollom API. We released the API to the public today, so now you can build Mollom's filtering capabilities into your own applications. Woot!

Drupal and Acquia at Web 2.0 Expo

Acquia was one of six companies chosen to present at the Launch Pad event at the Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco last week. Selection for Launch Pad was a great honor - more than 150 companies submitted applications - and a tremendous opportunity to showcase Drupal to the 10,000 attendees at the Web 2.0 Expo.

Jeff, Barry and Bryan worked hard building a five minute presentation and demo that highlights all the goodness of Drupal and explains what Acquia does. A video of the presentation is included below. Great job!


Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead of Drupal and the co-founder and CTO of Acquia. He writes about Drupal, startups, business, photography and building the world we want to exist in.

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