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September 6, 2018

Managing Shared Configuration Part 2: Configuration Snapshots

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This is the second installment in a series presenting configuration management work that comes out of the Drutopia initiative.

August 27, 2018

Managing Shared Configuration Part 1: Configuration Providers

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At the Drutopia project, one of our big focuses has been improvements to configuration management in Drupal 8. In this series, I'll be covering our work to date along with related efforts and contributions.

April 5, 2017

From Critique to Action: Transforming Drupal Through User-Centered Economics

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As controversy swirls around the Drupal project leadership, community members are asking searching questions about the role of corporate influence in the project.

March 31, 2017

The Coming Drupal Fork

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In recent days there's been a bunch of insightful and thought provoking reflection within the Drupal community (as well as a share of bullshit). I've benefited from hearing perspectives that remind me of my biases and privileged placement as a cis white male.

August 24, 2016

Announcing Drutopia

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Drutopia is an initiative within the Drupal project that prioritizes putting the best online tools into the hands of grassroots groups. By embracing the liberatory possibilities of free software and supporting people-centred economic models, Drutopia aims to revolutionize the way we work and cooperate.

February 5, 2015

Customizing the Open Outreach distribution: A case study

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As part of a long-term collaborative partnership with the University of Victoria's Geography Department, Chocolate Lily has been working on producing a customized version of Open Outreach suitable for community mapping.

January 26, 2015

Drupal 8 and distributions part 2: problems and prospects

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This is part two of a series on configuration management challenges in Durpal 8. Part 1 looked at challenges for small sites and distriubtions.

January 23, 2015

Drupal 8 configuration management: what about small sites and distributions?

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In a recent blog post, Drupal 8 co-maintainer Alex Pott highlighted a seismic shift in Drupal that's mostly slipped under the radar. In Drupal 8, he wrote, "sites own their configuration, not modules".

October 4, 2013

What can Joomla learn from Drupal about distributions?

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Browsing joomla.org, I recently noticed the following in the Joomla roadmap: "The Joomla! CMS (content management system) seeks to create a variety of distributions of the CMS to address a variety of common niche markets." Good idea!

September 26, 2013

Welcome Backdrop! and the road not taken

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What if Drupal 8 had taken a different path? What if profitability and expanding market share and wooing enterprise clients weren't the driving aims? What if, instead, we'd focused on stability, usability, and accessibility for small and medium sized organizations.

April 12, 2013

A multiplicity of Open Outreach sites

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As the developers and maintainers of the Open Outreach distribution for nonprofits, we’re curious to see who is using the distribution to further their website building efforts.

May 30, 2012

What's new with Open Outreach?

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What’s new with the Open Outreach distribution for nonprofits? Lots! There are now over 250 sites using Open Outreach. After working on getting this distribution up and running for so long, it's gratifying to see that it's starting to build some momentum.