I’d heard from some people that work at Humboldt State University that they are moving their web sites to Drupal. But a link from a friend on Facebook (thanks Grace!) confirmed it. Not only are they moving to Drupal, but they are installing the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) on the servers. So it looks like HSU is embracing open source big time. This is such a good move considering all the budget cuts the state university systems are facing.
It’s not easy converting such a big institution to new platforms. I hope the conversion goes smoothly. Would love to help them with Drupal if they ever wanted to reach out for some consulting.
Now, if only I could convince Humboldt County to switch to open source…think of the money they’d save.
Ha. Well, maybe they won’t go so far as to switch to Linux. But Windows servers, properly configured could run Drupal or some other system. It would be better than paying some out of the area company a huge licensing fee.
HSU has had open source advocates for quite some time. I give Don Wolski credit for being the first employee to demonstrate effective use of open source software. There have been smart software choices lately such as Zimbra and now Drupal. This is much different than the CSU system as a whole where corrupt deals are made with Peoplesoft and volume discounts accepted from Microsoft.
Which open source version of Windows NT would like them to switch to?
Thanks for the thanks! Also HSU has been using the open source Moodle for online course support for a few years now. That was a big step, and thankfully they broke free from the costly Blackboard system. I”m excited about the new web server. We were definitely hitting the brick wall on the old one.