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Acquia Takes Drupal Commercial with 'Carbon' Distribution

Lora Bentley

Drupal, the open source Web publishing and content management software, will soon have a commercial distribution. bizjournals reports that Acquia, a 12-employee company based in Andover, Mass., will release its product later this year. Acquia VP of marketing, Jeff Whatcott, notes:

There are some things about open-source software that people find challenging. We're going to fill that gap.

LinuxInsider.com indicates the distribution, nicknamed Carbon, will include the Drupal core and the project's 30 most popular modules. And Drupal founder Dries Buytaert says the project will not suffer for the commercial involvement. In fact, he says commercial is good:

If we want Drupal to grow by at least a factor of 10, keeping Drupal a hobby project as it is today, and taking a regular programming job at a big Belgian bank is clearly not going to cut it.

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