Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Comercializing a Community

A very interesting discussion is going on around Drupal's core development process.

As I read it, I realize the only voice of the companies that drive a lot of Drupal in that conversation is Dries. Sure, a bunch of people that are employees of the companies are contributing as individuals, but the companies themselves are not in the conversation.

Drupal is clearly being comercialized... folks noted that the Drupal homepage no longer has interesting stories, it's tipping toword site annoucements. The Drupalcons and various development sponsored by commercial interests is moving Drupal away from its roots.

I have two thoughts on this:
  1. The companies are paying attention closely and communicating only through back channels. One might ask why that communication can't happen in the open.
  2. The companies should be neck deep into the conversation. This is the future of their businesses.

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