Drupal's community is "dangerous"

The very complexity of choice that Drupal offers provides Acquia with such a rich commercial opportunity while staying true to its open-source ideals. Foster simplicity in the midst of complexity, and charge people for that service. It works for Red Hat

That's what I took away from CMSwatch's article by guest analyst Apoory Durga, who said of Drupal:

...[Thousands of third-party Drupal] modules could be your biggest problem...because many times, module upgrades do not keep pace with Drupal upgrades. Even though Drupal has released version 6.2, many of the more popular modules are still on 5.x...[which] modules...are necessary for building...social publishing applications.

I suppose this is a problem in a way, but what a great problem to have, especially if you're Acquia, the open-source company founded by Drupal's founder, Dries Buytaert. Acquia's business is precisely to take the guesswork out of deployment of the core Drupal system as well as these third-party modules, as the article suggests but perhaps doesn't emphasize enough.

It is, in other words, the very complexity of choice that Drupal offers which provides Acquia with such a rich commercial opportunity while staying true to its open-source ideals. Foster simplicity in the midst of complexity, and charge people for that service. It works for Red Hat. I assume it will work for Acquia, too.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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