Dries Keynote at SchipulCon on Drupal & Open Source
I thought I would share my notes from the talk. The video of the talk will be up on SchipulCon.com very soon.
Drupal started 10 years ago by accident. Dries said, “I just wanted to spend a few days creating a message board.” Drupal 1.0.0 was released January 15, 2001. It began with social features like blogging, RSS feeds, and forums built in from the beginning. Dries: “I would find new trends on the web & integrate them into Drupal.” That has been a major theme for Drupal development since then.
Now Drupal powers 2% of all websites on the internet. The community is made up of 11K+ developers, 11K+ modules, and Drupal.org sees 1.5M unique visitors/month. And oh yeah, it’s free.
There have been growing pains. “Open Source development & communities are always a bit broken. These growing pains have always been a great thing. We’ve always come back stronger & stronger”
Big music labels like Sony & Warner have used Drupal to standardize sites for major artists like ACDC & Ozzy Osbourne. NonProfits, Finance, NASA, & Educators all use Drupal. Dries estimates that 39% of all .edu domains are on Drupal.
And Drupal’s reach goes beyond this one software. Dries said: “I really, truly believe that we are changing our industry.” Dries speculates that the world is shifting from development to assembly of websites – people can pick the pieces and stick them together in a way that is user friendly. At the end of the day, it does take some technical skill to configure, and there is a learning curve… but the hope is that the back end gets easier and easier all the time.
Why Drupal will Win
Dries gives four reasons Drupal will win:
Community is the Major Reason Drupal is Winning. People are passionate about the platform, and work harder than they have to to make sure it’s secure, up to date, and as innovative as possible. It is an inspiring culture of fun and innovation that expresses their love for Drupal in tattoos, Halloween pumpkins, even rap videos.
The big theme of the day is the innovation of Open Source. Everyone needs a website – every thing, every book, every product. Open Source means no software fees, accessibility for everyone. Open Source also means tens of thousands of developers working to make it better, where even a huge company with proprietary software can only employ so many engineers.