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Ten years ago, I wrote Dries "Have fun with the new domainname". He did. We did. d.o rocks!
This young boy with Drupal patches got me wondering, what is the youngest and the oldest person in the Drupal community with patches to modules, maintaining a module him or herself and maybe even a core patch?
Post your data at http://drupal.org/node/1123940 and proof that Drupal is for all ages.
While not directly connected, one of the great opportunities for Drupal and Governments is the opendatachallenge. A competition with some price money behind it for the best ideas, apps, visualisation and datasets for making use of open data by governments. Something like the OpenSource modules behind itdashboard.gov would be great for making easy to understand visualisations of open governmental data.
A big thank to Breda for releasing this code and sharing / contributing to the Drupal community. And a very big thank you to the to the organisers of DrupalGovDays , Ivo Radulovski, Hanno Lans, Kristof Van Tomme, Bart Van Herreweghe, and Christine Copers and the sponsors Chancery of the Prime Minister of Belgium and the Federal ICT of the Belgian government and well as the Drupal Association!
This is a major turning point for Open Source and Drupal in the Low Lands, think of the impact of whitehouse.gov moving towards Drupal and now project this on a very small scale in a very small country. Okay, but for us in the Netherlands it is still a marker.
I have been presenting in de Tweede Kamer some month ago as a member of the Dutch Drupal community about the pro's (and con's) of using Drupal. Their selection proces was from "All CMS-es" towards Drupal via a long funnel. The first long list contained Drupal, Hippo (originally Dutch Java based CMS), Typo3 (Popular amongst Dutch manucipalities) and Plone. And while none of the criteria for de Tweede kamer contained a preference towards open source, all CMS-es on the long list are open source. By itself that is telling, if you select a new CMS in 2011, you have to have a good story to select a proprietary CMS.
Drupal and Hippo were the shortlist and after an intense process, de Tweede Kamer selected Drupal. As a long term member of the Drupal community (hee, my 10th D-Day coming up :-)) one can imagine how happy I am with this decision; a Big Win for open source in general and specific Drupal!
Now all we have to do is change the Hofvijfer (the water around parts of the Tweede kamer) towards a Druplicon.
NB: here a small video that was part of the presentation I gave for the Tweede Kamer
Like in many countries -if not all- the demand for Drupalistas in the low lands is much higher the the supply. While some Drupalshops might think this is a good thing, since they can ask for higher fees, it is actually a bad thing. Any market where supply and demand are only matched by changing the price towards extremes will get in-stable.
In the short term it will lead towards golddiggers, shops and independent consultants who claim to do Drupal as well. Knowing little or nothing about Drual, the code, the license or the community and just use it as a tool and even worse, abuse the tool. Because hacking core is so much user then overriding or using hooks to make a module. Sure, short term a "good" solution but the moment you want to update....
To get more independent Drupal developers together, Krimson and DOP started the Drupalpond for companies seeking talent and for consultants who have outgrown the mom'ndad websites and need a collective to get bigger opportunities. Because we need more Drupalistas, both in quantity and in quality.
A strong European movement when it comes to open source / Drupal is clearly happening. And while the proprietary software vendors are undergoing a shakeout -every country in EU has a handful of "own" proprietary CMS-es- the competition from these closed source vendors will expand in to "Europe wise" as well, so it is time to join forces The DrupalDevDays is the best example of that!