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The White House Web site has caught a case of Drupal.

In the Internet world, Drupal is not as bad as it sounds. The open-source software package helps people create and manage their Web sites. And this week, a new WhiteHouse.gov site arrived that had been built via the Drupal code.

To some, the White House shift to Drupal from a proprietary software package represented a serious seal of approval for open-source software.

“While open source is already widespread throughout the government, its adoption by the White House will almost certainly give permission for much wider uptake,” wrote Tim O’Reilly, who publishes books and holds conferences about open-source software.

The government’s leanings toward open source have become more apparent under the Obama administration. Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s first chief technology officer, has been hanging out with prominent open-source types, and there seems to be a notion that open-source software matches up well with President Obama’s espoused ideals on transparency and community involvement in projects.

Drupal, however, seems to be doing just fine with or without government support.

The underlying code for Drupal was written in 2001 by Dries Buytaert, who has since gone on to become chief technology officer of Acquia, a start-up looking to commercialize the software.

Companies like Nike, Warner Bros. and Yahoo use Drupal for various parts of their Web sites. All told, close to 500,000 Drupal-based sites are on the Web, according to Thomas Erickson, the chief executive of Acquia.

Mr. Erickson argues that Drupal has better tools for making quick changes to Web sites and making use of things like podcasts, Twitter feeds and blogs. In short, he sees it as the right software platform for the right time, helping companies quickly change their Web sites to match consumer interests.

“There is no longer a unidirectional flow of information when it comes to managing your brand,” Mr. Erickson said. “Today, it’s a very interactive process and requires very fast reaction times.”

Mr. Erickson contends that people can create Web sites faster with Drupal than with competing software from Microsoft, like Sharepoint. And he says Drupal has a more active developer base then rival open-source projects. Drupal is downloaded 250,000 times a month, according to Mr. Erickson.

Drupal has long been billed as a tool for the Everyman to create a Web site, but the software has struggled to live up to this billing. I’m fairly proficient with technology and played with the software a couple of years back. While I could set up a basic Web site easily enough, doing any kind of real customization work proved a bit tricky.

Mr. Buytaert said Acquia has been working to fix these issues and make sure that people who download a trial of Drupal actually continue using the software.

The company has started testing something called Drupal Gardens, which is a cloud-computing-type service for building new Web sites. In addition, Acquia is working with Amazon to take care of a lot of the underlying infrastructure work behind creating a Web site. All told, Acquia wants people to concentrate on the content of their sites rather than worrying about the underlying configuration baggage.

Like many open-source companies, Acquia sells service and support to back up the free Drupal. It claims about 300 customers, and “that number is doubling every quarter,” Mr. Erickson said.

source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/drupal-moves-into-the-white-hou...