The unlimited potential for Drupal distributions to spread Drupal and make it more accessible for many more audiences.
(PRWEB) March 15, 2012
In a hallmark move by some of the major contributors to the Drupal community, distributions will now be hosted directly by the Drupal project at Drupal.org. Drupal distributions have long been touted as an opportunity for overall growth in Drupal adoption. In a move which acknowledges the importance of distributions to the successful growth of the Drupal project, members of the community provided funding and support to enable distribution tools on Drupal.org by investing in legal, technical, security and usability infrastructure improvements. Supporters of the initiative were Phase2 Technology, Acquia, NodeOne, Pantheon, and Lullabot.
"The unlimited potential for Drupal distributions to spread Drupal and make it more accessible for many more audiences has historically been curtailed by sub-standard distribution tools on Drupal.org. This has forced those interested in pursuing products based on Drupal to set up their own, separate development infrastructures to do so, out of sight and out of mind from the rest of our incredibly powerful contributor community, which has made collaboration difficult," explained Angie Byron, Director of Community Development at Acquia. "These improvements will not only help already-successful distributions to re-integrate with the rest of the community, but it also will help democratize the ability to create highly-polished distributions beyond more than a handful of companies with a large amount of resources."
Distributions are packaged sets of functionality customized for a specific market or use case, such as online publishing, government, project management and commerce.
Fully-featured distributions on Drupal.org enable thousands of active developers to pursue distribution development with a consistent set of tools for managing version control, releases, and tutorials.
"Distributions have made Drupal more accessible to non-technical users by improving ease of use, while still maintaining security, flexibility and scalability. These elements are crucial to the growth of Drupal, and distributions are the primary method for delivering this functionality to new users," stated Jeff Walpole, CEO of Phase2 Technology.
Funding for the project was provided by Acquia, Phase2 Technology, NodeOne, Pantheon, and Lullabot; the infrastructure improvements were implemented by 3281d Consulting.