Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:12

Acquia funds community development of Drupal modules

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Boston-based open source company Acquia has announced that it will provide US$500,000 to the community around the content management system Drupal, in order to help in the development of modules that add additional functionality.

Drupal is free software developed originally by Belgian Dries Buytaert (seen above) and released under the GNU General Public Licence. The Acquia move has been prompted by the rapid take-up of version 8 of Drupal and the funding will go towards modules for this version.

As with many free and open source applications, a community has developed around Drupal, contributing code, modules and advice. Acquia makes its money by selling and servicing websites built with Drupal, with customisations aplenty to suit the customer in question.

In 2014, it announced a deal with the Australian federal government to build websites and has developed a modified version of Drupal which is called GovCMS.

The Module Acceleration Program has so far seen about 30 modules developed and another 20 are targeted in the next two months. Participants in the program include module maintainers and contributors, freelancers, and development agencies with Drupal practices.

A media release from Acquia quoted Buytaert, the chief technology office of the company, as saying: "Community contributions are the heart of every open source project, and Drupal is fortunate to have a community that has more than 35,000 active contributors, led by many of the world’s most well known brands.

"Together the community delivered our most significant release with Drupal 8, building the framework for organisations to deliver contextual, multilingual, and multi-channel digital experiences."

An Acquia spokesperson said community contributors would be paid an hourly rate between half and one third of what they would charge clients.

The progress of module development can be followed here or on Twitter.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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