Humboldt State Switching to Drupal

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.

Open Source Earning Recognition With Real Money

There are a lot of open source projects that are starting to attract big dollars. Drupal has recently pulled in $7 million and MySQL was just purchased by Sun for $1 billion. And now WordPress has attracted $29.5 million.

This is an exciting transition for these entities that have produced tremendous software that we have been using for years. This blog is powered by WordPress, we have developed several sites using Drupal and all of our database driven projects have used MySQL. This open source stuff has enabled us and millions of others to produce powerful sites at a fraction of the cost that would be required if we had used proprietary software or built everything from scratch.

It will be interesting to see how this influx of money will transform these projects.