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Yet Another Drupal Site
Nice design (to my likeling at least) and indeed a clear Drupal site, Search for Smurf.
As more people do, I tagged it "drupalsite" at
I like TWIT and follow lots of their podcasts. Amongst others, I follow MacBreakWeakly. They are known to start making ratholes. In their latest podcats 55, they end up on a debate about if Open Source projects are innovative. It is an old discussion and both side (yes, no) have their points. If you look at it from the lower OSI levels and the commodity stuff, they might be right in a way. Linux for example is invisible for users, GNU/Linux might be visible for sysadmins and KDE for users. But Linux is invisible. Innovations in the kernel are regarded by most people as
And if you look at OpenOffice.org –no matter how great the product is- it is lagging behind their mean competitor; the Microsoft Office suite. Sure, it is better at I18N and obtaining standards and good enough for most people. But it isn’t regarded as innovative by most people. So there is a case for people saying that Open Source software is not innovative. Note, these people are not debating that open source licenses are innovative, or that the open source way of running projects are innovative. "Just" that the software –the product- is not innovative.
On the other end of the spectrum are people saying that true innovation can only be reached by openness, peering, sharing, and acting globally; Wikinomics or the “open source way” of project management. These people look at Mozilla (Firefox) and how Microsoft is struggling to follow up and is playing that game rather bad. Or they look at KDE and Gnome that are way better UI’s then Vista and for sure then XP.
My stand? Open Source Software is software. Some software is highly visible – a browser, a GUI- some software is only enabling other software, a kernel, memory allocation or a filesystem. Innovations are everywhere; some are visible for the enduser, some for the programmer, some not at all. If you only label “innovation” that what you can see, then you innovation is as big as you … well have vision. And most people have a very limited sight; they might look at the eycandy stuff (yes, that would include me) or at the API’s but seldom see the complete 360.
No back to Mac Break Weakly. In the podcast 55 around 30 minutes after the start, Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Scott Bourne, and Andy Ihnatko start a rant about innovation and Open Source. For Apple lovers a normal discussion. Mac OSX is based upon a BSD kernel ("not innovative") and has a proprietary good GUI. The basics is on Open Sourced, the value is brought by proprietary software. Or so the arguments starts.
Then the move to Drupal. Here is a transcript of the rant (snipped some stuff):
Then it goes on and one. Now before you bash Andy, listen to him and think about his points
Wordsy | We love books. We love words. We are wordsy. A nice site in English about well... books and words. A brown design, about books and made with the Drupal CMS. And Dutch based as well.
Another brown site, in The Netherlands, about writers, made with Drupal is schrijf.trouw.nl, although that site is written in Dutch.
After a long long time, it is good to see that in the Netherlands the use of Drupal is increasing.
Over at AMinfo.com the legandary quote:
And indeed MediaMe.com uses Drupal. Despite the TwoDotOoooh mentioning, good to see that Drupal is used more and more in the tail outside the standard places (OSS projects, newspapers and big corporations). "MediaMe is a community for media, advertising and marketing professionals in the Middle East region."