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In the 1964 Bob Dylan song The Time's They are A-Changin' it says, "Come gather 'round people, wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown, And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin' then you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin." When the gifted songwriter first sang those words Linux didn't exist. For that matter neither did Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds. However, now halfway through 2006 the Open Source ranks are growing by leaps and bounds, and if you don't consider this new breed of Open Source solutions in your IT decision-making process then you'll surely sink like a stone. The year Dylan wrote his famous tune computers were rare. It was the year IBM launched the 360, which included free software with source code. With computers expensiv... (more)

Plone and Drupal: Different Approaches, Different Results

Drupal Developer's Journal on Ulitzer Plone and Drupal are two leading open source Content Management Systems (CMS). Both were recognized in the 2009 Open Source CMS awards, run by Packt Publishing.  Both also have large installed bases and large developer communities.  This is made evident by some quick searching on Google: A search for LinkedIn profiles that mention Plone (search for 'plone site:linkedin.com/pub/') turns up 1350 pages-a large increase from 500 results in 2006. The same kind of search for Drupal developers turns up 9700 pages (search for 'drupal site:linkedin.c... (more)

TraceView’s Oboe Symfony No. 1

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 requires two oboes. Instrumenting Symfony only required one liboboe! Here at AppNeta we’re still recovering from an immensely productive DrupalCon Portland 2013. Our partnership with Acquia and our continuing support for the contrib TraceView Drupal module made sponsoring the event a natural decision. We’re glad we made the long flight out West, as there was a lot of interest in TraceView. In fact, on the plane ride back to Boston I brought back not only three Voodoo Dozens but a stack of business cards two inches high. (I’ll leave it to you to guess whic... (more)

Drupal 8: A View into Performance

This is part 4 in a 5-part series on performance in the upcoming Drupal 8. Check out part 3, on performance in Twig templating, here. Views is one of the most installed Drupal modules with over two thirds of Drupal sites reporting that they have it installed. Soon, though, that number will go up: as of Drupal 8, Views is a core module! This effort started as a community effort and was announced as an official Drupal 8 initiative in a post by Dries explaining why this change is so exciting. One of the reasons that Views is so popular is that it provides an ‘all-in-one' answer with... (more)

Optaros Creates Dynamic Online Community for Chicago Public Radio

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, WBEQ 90.7 FM Morris, and WBEW 89.5 FM Chesterton) is a community-supported, non-commercial public service broadcasting institution for 7.7 million people throughout Chicago and surrounding regions. Chicago Public Radio produces, acquires, and distributes engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance. The organization prides itself on helping listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. The institution has more than 120 employees across multiple... (more)

Drupal CMS to Move to a Whole New Level

"It is very important to me that Acquia has a marketing leader who understands the importance of growing and sustaining a community and who is passionate about the principles of open source software," said Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert as Jeff Whatcott joined the company as vice president of marketing, responsible for all marketing activity. Whatcott recently arrived from Adobe, where he led marketing for LiveCycle and Flex. A longtime advocate of community, open standards, and open source development, Whatcott has nearly a decade of experience in successfully leading ... (more)