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Nokia using Drupal

Nokia is using Drupal at http://research.nokia.com!
Nokia research

DrupalCamp Köln wrapup

Last weekend, I attended DrupalCamp Köln in Germany. It was great to put my feelers out in the German Drupal community and to talk with so many Drupal users and developers. Executive summary: the German Drupal community is going strong. Thanks for your hospitality!
Welcome note

The welcome note with Thomas Narres (<a href="http://www.narres.com">Narres Open Web Solutions</a>), <a href="http://robshouse.net">Robert Douglass</a> (<a href="http://acquia.com">Acquia</a>) and the main sponsor Mr. Hecker (<a href="http://www.gfu.net/">GFU</a>).

Fundraise

We raised a good amount of money for the <a href="http://buytaert.net/drupal-org-redesign-code-sprints">Drupal.org redesign sprints</a>. Thank you Germany!

Robert on Apache Solr

<a href="http://robshouse.net">Robert Douglass</a> talking about Apache Solr and <a href="http://buytaert.net/a-hosted-search-service-for-drupal">Acquia's upcoming hosted search offering</a>. The room was packed!

Drupal birthday cake

Because Drupal turned 8 years old last week, I got the Acquia team a special birthday cake. Pictures have since emerged so I'm sharing a couple of them here. Yum, yum!
Happy eighth birthday drupal
Happy eighth birthday drupal
Happy eighth birthday drupal

Jeff makes sure that I get a taste too.

Human Rights Watch using Drupal

Human Rights Watch is using Drupal for their main website http://hrw.org.

Human Rights Watch is a well-known international organization that advocates freedoms in connection with fundamental human rights, such as freedom of religion and freedom of press. Issues raised by Human Rights Watch include social and gender discrimination, military use of children, political corruption, torture, abuses in criminal justice systems, and more.

They built a stunning Drupal site available in multiple languages. The idealist in me is touched by the strong design and photography, as well as the fact that Drupal helps improve the world a bit. Awesome!

Human rights watch

Happy eighth birthday Drupal

Happy eighth birthday

&copy; Jamey Boje (aka graphicsguru)

Today, eight years ago, Drupal 1.0.0 was released! The following snippet is taken directly from the original announcement:

Today, drop.org announces the release of Drupal 1.00 after an extensive period of testing. Drupal is a full-featured content management/discussion engine using Apache/PHP/MySQL and suitable to setup a news-driven community or portal site similar to kuro5hin.org and slashdot.org. Current features include discussion forums, web-based administration, theme support, an open submission queue, content management, a modularized design, PHP sessions, user management with access control and username/profanity/hostname filters, error logging, a public diary module, an affiliate site module, backend/headline generation (RSS/RDF) and much more.

When I started work on Drupal as a graduate student, Drupal was just a little hobby project grown out of my own interest in the web. As you can tell from the original release notes, being the only programmer certainly had its charms. ;-)

Fast forward 8 years, and we're a global project with hundreds of thousands of users, thousands of active contributors and a healthy ecosystem. Along the way, I've always tried to listen to the community, and to trust my own instincts and moral compass. We built an amazing community together, and because of that, working on Drupal continues to be a labor of love. Even after eight years.

A big project can't always do what a small project can; there is more legacy and overhead, but nonetheless, I think what is important is that we stayed true to our initial values: innovation, collaboration and a healthy desire to keep the code as small and simple as possible. Happy birthday, Drupal!

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