Drupal upgrade to be slower but more scalable

Founder of the Drupal project details plans for the open source content management system.

By , InfoWorld |  Software, CMS, content management

Drupal, the popular open source Web content management system, will sacrifice speed for scalability in the upcoming Drupal 7 upgrade, the founder of the project said on Monday afternoon.

The upgrade to Drupal, meanwhile, could be available perhaps in the June timeframe or as late as September, said Drupal project founder Dries Buytaert in a presentation at the Drupalcon SF conference in San Francisco. Ideally, version 7 would be available this month, he said.

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"Unfortunately, Drupal 7 will be a little slower than Drupal 6, but it will be much more scalable" and able to power bigger sites, Buytaert said.

A slower Drupal did not upset conference attendee Jerome Hughes, a freelance developer. "He's also talking about it being able to scale," Hughes said, "so when he says it's slower it means out of the box. "

If version 7 is easier to develop with but a little but slower out of the box, then the speed reduction "is probably not going to be that big of a deal," Hughes said.

Buytaert reflected on the emergence of Drupal as well as where it is headed. The immediate upgrade, Drupal 7, features 70 modules, including an image API, and a substantial growth in code size, said Buytaert.

Buytaert stressed the urgency of Drupal 7. "First of all, it's very important that we get it out as soon as possible" to maintain momentum, he said.

Currently, Drupal powers about 1 percent of Websites, trailing WordPress, which runs about 8.5 percent of the Web, according to Buytaert.

For the subsequent Drupal 8 upgrade, developers are seeking enterprise capabilities, including configuration management and staging, Buytaert said. Usability and performance improvements will be needed for both high- and low-end Drupal sites, he said.

Companies such as IBM and Microsoft are getting behind Drupal, with IBM releasing a number of Drupal sites and Microsoft making moves such as backing the Acquia Drupal distribution and linking the SQL Server database to Drupal.

"I think it's another example of the big elephants stepping into the game and investing in Drupal," said Buytaert.

Also on the horizon for the Drupal project is a shift from the CVS (Concurrent Versions System) for software revision control to the Git distributed revision control system. The switch will be made probably during the Drupal 8 development cycle, Buytaert said. "I think it will give us new ways of working together," he said.


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