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

Buytaert offered little optimism for the future of proprietary CMS, which require license fees. "I think long-term, open source will win," he said.

Buytaert also hailed the emergence of the Semantic Web, which is intended to link documents contextually on the Web; RDF (Resource Description Framework), enabling information to be pulled from other Websites; and cloud computing and SaaS. He is CTO and founder of Acquia, which is developing a hosted version of Drupal called Drupal Gardens.

"I'm very passionate about cloud computing and SaaS," he said, calling it a new stage in computing.

Currently, there are 19 different distributions of Drupal. Buytaert lauded the culture built around Drupal as well as its growth. "It's a culture of sharing and collaboration, and it's absolutely key to everything we do," he said.

"When I started Drupal [10 years ago], I didn't have a grand vision for the project at all," said Buytaert, adding he expected it would be used by only 10 people.

The San Francisco conference has attracted 3,000 attendees but some people could not make it because of the volcano in Iceland, which has disrupted air traffic in Europe, Buytaert said. This has led to staging of local Drupal conventions instead in places such as Antwerp and London, he added.

"It's really, really truly amazing to see people self-organize like this because they're so passionate about Drupal," Buytaert said.

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