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Next steps for how Acquia plans to give back to Drupal 8

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 17/10/2013 - 2:23pm
Topic: DrupalAcquia

People wonder what we do at Acquia's Office of the CTO (OCTO). In order to provide some more transparency, I wanted to share how we plan to give back between today and the end of the year.

To start an Open Source project or not?

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 07/10/2013 - 11:16am
Topic: DrupalOpinion

People ask me what it is like to be the head of a big Open Source project, and whether they should Open Source their project or not. I wanted to talk about that a bit more in this blog post so more people can pick up my answer.

State of Drupal presentation (September 2013)

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 03/10/2013 - 1:54pm
Topic: DrupalState of DrupalDrupalConLocation: Prague

Last week in Prague, I gave my traditional State of Drupal presentation.

Moeke Hasselt

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 02/10/2013 - 12:55pm
Topic: Family

Liefste Moeke Hasselt,

Vandaag is het een vreemde dag. Ik kan helaas niet bij je zijn maar ik denk aan jou en deel de pijn.

Ik denk terug aan de liefde die je ons hebt gegeven. Met goedheid en lieve zorgen heb je ons omringd.

Kon ik nog maar een keer goed met je praten, of kon ik je maar laten zien hoe ik mijn leven zou gaan leiden.


Dries Buytaert's website - Sun, 29/09/2013 - 6:02pm

Announcing Acquia Cloud Free

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 12/09/2013 - 12:59pm
Topic: AcquiaAcquia HostingAcquia Search

I'm excited to announce that Acquia is launching Acquia Cloud Free, a no-cost development sandbox for Drupal development.

Three important start-up lessons I learned

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 11/09/2013 - 3:47pm
Topic: AcquiaStartup lessons

The blog post below was a guest article I wrote for Inc Magazine and was published in September 2013. It has been a while since I shared a startup lesson on my personal blog so I'm cross-posting my article here.

Why the big architectural changes in Drupal 8

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 09/09/2013 - 5:33pm
Topic: DrupalThe future

There has been a lot of chatter about Drupal 8. Will Drupal 8 be performant? Will Drupal 8 be easy to develop modules for? Will I have to learn Symfony? I want to address these concerns and explain why Drupal 8 introduces such big changes.

Open Source code: by the people, for the people

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 03/09/2013 - 9:44pm
Topic: DrupalOpinionIndustry: Government

Many organizations adopt Open Source for reasons like flexibility and agility. Everyone needs to do more with less. But in government, Open Source drives both civic engagement and government participation like never before.

Drupal 8 Q&A session at DrupalCon Prague

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 03/09/2013 - 5:54pm
Topic: DrupalDrupalCon

Do you have questions about the upcoming Drupal 8 release? On Thursday, September 26 at DrupalCon Prague, I'll be moderating a question-and-answer core conversation with a panel of Drupal 8 leaders, including core committers and initiative leads.

Drupal 8 APIs are freezing but not frozen

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 28/08/2013 - 3:02pm
Topic: Drupal

Since Drupal 8's API freeze was announced on July 1, there has been some confusion about what API freeze means, from core developers as well as module and theme developers starting Drupal 8 upgrades of their projects. This post clarifies the API completion process, and documents what different audiences can expect from Drupal 8's development cycle and when.

Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 30/07/2013 - 2:13pm
Topic: Acquia HostingAcquia

Many organizations have long had the need to maintain multiple websites as part of their digital marketing and enablement efforts.

Managing comments on multiple WordPress sites

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 26/07/2013 - 11:26am
Topic: MollomWordpressDrupal

There is a pursuit we all share; not having to deal with spammers. The promise of a clean spam-free web.

Chris Cornell - Black hole sun

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 26/07/2013 - 12:04am
Topic: PersonalFavorite music

A song that is both sad and pretty, sung with the voice of a god. To me, it is about how it is really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom.

Drupal 8 API freeze

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 01/07/2013 - 2:51pm
Topic: Drupal

July 1st has arrived. As announced earlier, this marks the start of the Drupal 8 API freeze (formerly known as the "code freeze"). I'm very excited about how Drupal 8 is shaping up; it will be a much more powerful and easier to use Drupal. While there is a lot of work ahead of us, I feel good about moving forward with the next phase of the Drupal 8 development cycle.

Drupal 8 alpha releases

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 24/06/2013 - 6:02pm
Topic: Drupal

A month ago we started the Drupal 8 alpha cycle to encourage module developers to test out Drupal 8 and to try upgrading their modules. Today, we published the second alpha release of Drupal 8: Drupal 8.x alpha 2!

I think it is exciting that after years of hard work by many, we have now begun to post alpha releases.

Passive income and Open Source

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 14/06/2013 - 7:52am
Topic: Drupal

Everyone dreams of making money while asleep. The term "passive income" is often defined as income that is received on regular intervals without requiring a great deal of work to sustain it. Usually some effort has to be put in upfront, but the payoff from passive income can last for years. Passive income is particularly relevant when it comes time to retire.

Drupal Developer Days Dublin 2013

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 13/06/2013 - 11:50am
Topic: Drupal

Drupal Developer Days is a great tradition in Europe to provide space for developers and site builders to get together in the summer. After such prior locations as Barcelona and Brussels, the Drupal Developer Days is coming to Dublin this year!

Growth of Acquia Cloud

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 05/06/2013 - 6:23pm
Topic: Acquia HostingAcquia

It's been a while since I wrote about Acquia Cloud so I wanted to give you a quick update. Acquia Cloud has experienced incredible growth so far in 2013.

State of Drupal presentation (May 2013)

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 05/06/2013 - 4:34pm
Topic: DrupalDrupalConState of DrupalLocation: Portland

Two weeks ago at DrupalCon Portland, I gave my traditional State of Drupal presentation.

WYSIWYG and in-place editing for structured content

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 31/05/2013 - 2:45pm
Topic: Drupal

Karen McGrane gave a great keynote at DrupalCon Portland on future-friendly content with Drupal. It's worth watching the video recording. I agree with Karen's vision for the future.

Want more features in Drupal 8? Help fix bugs!

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 16/05/2013 - 4:30pm
Topic: Drupal

In Drupal core, we use issue thresholds to manage technical debt. Both critical (release-blocking) and major (non-release-blocking, high-impact issues) are considered. When we have more open issues than our thresholds, we do not commit new features.

Reducing risk in the Drupal 8 release schedule

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 09/05/2013 - 1:22am

Post-Drupal 8's feature freeze, we find ourselves in a similar state as we did after Drupal 7's feature freeze:

  • Some initiatives are mostly done, and now onto clean-ups.
  • Others are mostly architecturally there, but still have some pretty big gaps.
  • Still others are either not yet architecturally complete, have a major amount of integration/conversion work left, and/or have many outstanding critical/major bugs.

Alex Pott

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 02/04/2013 - 5:45am
Topic: DrupalBranch maintainer

I'm pleased to share that Alex Pott (alexpott on has accepted my invitation to become another Drupal 8 co-maintainer, to help move along important issues as we gear up to head into code freeze and then release.

The Red Press of Drupal

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 01/04/2013 - 6:04am
Topic: DrupalAcquiaWordpress

A couple of weeks ago Acquia, the Red Hat of Drupal, reached out to fellow CMS founder, Matt Mullenweg of WordPress, to see if he would consider switching to


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