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As people know from reading the footer on Drupal.org, Dries is the owner of the trademark "Drupal". Trademarks -and law in general- are complicated; not something every Drupal coder, tester, user might understand or is even interested in.
However, there are always people that are not interested in the community, do not care about the law, but only care for themselves. They want to make money abusing the assets of the Drupal community and not by using it, contributing to it.
One of those kinds of people registered Drupal.nl some time ago, claiming it was an internal name for a service called "Domain name Registration tool Using PHP And Linux... And ran an anti Open Source CMS site on the domain claiming that Open Source solution where thousands of people are working on and millions of people use every day, could never be as good as his own home made CMS.
Dries wrote this man a letter, a letter stating that Dries as the owner of the Drupal trademark would like to get the ownership of the domain. We had an agreement however, the man sold it to another person days before he would transfer the domain to Dries.
This new owner will be named here; Robert de Bock from Me in IT.nl. So we had to start again, contacting him. But Robert was different; he knows about Open Source, cares about Drupal and without any legal pushing transferred the domain free towards Dries! So a big "Hooray" for Robert de Bock, a nice person that bought in good faith the Drupal.NL domain and when Dries contacted him handed al rights of the domain to Dries!
If you visit Drupal.NL right now, it will be redirected to the Dutch Drupal.BE site. This might or might not change in the future, that is up to Dries. But at least we do not have a Drupal.NL site running on the web claiming that Open Source is bad.
Thank you Robert for contributing the domain to Dries and thereby to the bigger Drupal community!
Today I got a "follow" from Podblanc on my twitter account. I get dayly followers I do not know, mosty stupid bots disguised as attractive girls that folow 5k people and have 20 followers (extreem stupid people who fail the Turning test :-) ).
There are days that I feel proud. Proud to be part of a community that builds software that helps people to communicate. Proud to be in that community from the early days. So I have seen the tech communities that embraced Drupal as a tool to communicate. And then gave the media companies -new and old media- that had a good and cheap option to facilitate users. And then came the (from US PoV liberal) political parties in the US that enabled relativly unknown persons to run for president-candidate. Then the small local communities around churches, local red cross organisations and even the big ones like Amnesty. And I am proud that I was a very very small part in the world that enabled this.
But I never NEVER have been "proud" to be white. I never thought that one race, religion or sex is superiour above another. I have the luck to have old parents, who have been through what in central Europe is called "The War" (World War II) and have told me about the horrors. I have had the luck to have travelled around the world to see other people, get in touch with other cultures and to have visited Auschwitz. I know the horrors, I know the pain, I know about the waste of lifes.
I am not the hating kind of person, but somewhere deep in me, I hate people who hate people. And yes I do understand the paradox there. But I am not to keen on right winged Neo Nazi's who refuse to learn from the past, or even to accept the past.
So I am not proud that this white-site is using Drupal. I am sad that we created something that can be misused in this way. But like any tool, it can be used for good and bad. It is the person holding the knife that decides to create a sculpture or go for the kill, not the maker of the knife.
Sometime.. just like now. I wish the GPL was "a bit discriminating" for who it was legal to use and for who not. But you can not have a "bit of freedom"; you have it or you dont. And if that is what we are facing, I am proud that I am part of a freedom where stupid white (or black) people can say stupid things about (white or) black people ... using Drupal.
Proud but with a bad taste in my mouth.
I give these kinds of "pro Drupal" talks almost a bi-weekly basis now, where often other CMS-es are present as well. Last week I did one at eduvision where 100+ people where impressed by Drupal. Most often, the "competition" is Joomla and Typo3, both rather popular in The Netherlands (and Germany). While I do think that Joomla is good (enough) for the SoHo market and the audience of Drupal is much broader (from enterprises to personal blogs) and deeper (from video towards for example a resume site), these CMS-es are often compared. So normally, I try to make clear why Drupal is so much better then Joomla; better user management, roles, hooks, CCK, views, workflow, tableless design, multi-site install and almost forgotten but still miles ahead of any other CMS; taxonomy. There are zillion of ways where Drupal is clearly the leader in the field, but leading is sometimes not the same as "fitting".
This time however, I tried not too bash Joomla to much but to start building bridges. We do have a lot of the same problems that we can work on together. For example, we both use the GPL and we both have to protect our assets. Be both have a legal body protecting the community and facilitating the community, in Drupal's case, the Drupal Association.
That is why I was interested in the talk of one other speaker; James Vasile. James works for the SFLC and he is on the board of OpenSourceMatters and helping as a legal counsel for the Drupal Association. Most of the other Board Members of the Association spoke to James on the Boston DrupalCon ut since I was not there, it was good to speak to James during Lunch.
We taled about his passion, RMS, his other Open source projects / customers, how the SFLC is financed and the GPL3 as well as some other things. It is good to say the face you have exchanged mails with and it is good to build a relation between the SFLC, Joomla and Drupal. Communications is all about building bridges.
Since the headquarter of DOP is located at a very nice place, we often hold x-camps at our place. Dont be surprised that a deer wonders by the swimmingpool out of the forrest behind our villa! Some time ago we had the SymfonyCamp over at our place. And we do have enough room for lots of tents and a BBQ.
We are planning on organizing a Joomla!/Drupal camp over a next couple of month. And the use the healthy competition between the two projects and to use the power of Open Source, we had the following idea:
What is OLPC? It is an initiative to bring PC's and hence information to the poorer countries in the world and thereby bringing them not just a fish but a way to catch fishes. Since it it a very smart design and it is using Open Source, our friends from Redmond do everything the can to stop this "cheap" knowledge product, including their usual FUD.
And so should you! Now! Donate an OLPC for someone somewhere right now. For only 200 USD or 143 euros you can help someone to be a richer person. Do it, before the end of this year!
And drop a comment here if you did so.
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