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Gates from (not "to") Another Generation

on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 22:07

It's amazing to me to see what Bill Gates continues to say (he believes) about open source. He talks about open source, but it isn't open source as you and I would know (/love) it.

All I can conclude is either:

  • He has lived his whole career with one business model, and he's just stuck in that model and can't understand the massive, amazing, staggering leverage that comes from having a really huge community work on the same software project.

The hard men come out to play

on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 05:24

Or crash.

Imagine you're a fit cyclist, and you're on one of the speediest rides you've been on. Your eyes are glued to the wheel in front of you as the peleton you're riding with aggressively ups the pace 20% more than you're used to, and stays there for over 100 miles and many hours of max-effort.

boonen_flanders.jpgThe road you're on has long cobbled sections, rough and uneven with frequent potholes. You're in a bunch that swerves from side of the road to the other side, looking for a better strip of smooth, non-cobbled track.

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"So, have you written any modules yet?"

on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 04:39

This is something I overheard a couple of times while sitting in the hallway between Drupalcon sessions doing email. Despite the danger of extrapolating based on too-few data points, I think it's fair to say that writing some kind of custom module (from scratch) is a "rite of passage" for an aspiring Drupal developer.

Yet the question is: what does "Yes" mean? It certainly means you got something done. But how good was it? Did it follow good Drupal coding practice? Did it do something novel, or implement something old in a new way? Was that way better?

Assisting Drupal Community Growth

on Sat, 03/15/2008 - 17:24

Both Dries and I have agreed on one key thing with each other since our first conversations about Acquia: 18 months after we start our business, we truly hope the community at large thinks Acquia has been a great thing for the Drupal project.

Issues presented by Drupal's expansion

One of the challenges the Drupal community must to be concerned about is growing the number and quality of Drupal developers. Drupal downloads and drupal.org content are both doubling annually.

Smart. (Not me; the car.)

on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 18:41

I want one. My driveway (steep, snowy in winter) may not let me have it. My wife may not either.

It doesn't stop me from wanting it. Seriously.

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