Acquia's latest contribution - a surge for Drupal 7
I'd like to thank Dries and the Acquia management team for their generous contribution today. Dries blogged that they have allocated one full time engineer (Katherine Senzee) to work on Drupal 7 critical issues. Phew. The volunteer fire department that has been slaving away on Drupal 7 criticals was getting exhausted. We really need this.
If we think back to the Drupal 6 release, Acquia contributed the same thing by paying Gabor to work on criticals until the release was ready. Apparently, this is what it takes now in order to get core Drupal out the door.
Acquia has shown a real talent over the past three years in aligning their business goals with those of Drupal. Off the top of my head, they also have:
- Organized Drupalcon Boston
- Hosted several code sprints in their offices (fields in core, load testing, D7 criticals, ...).
- Sponsored Drupalcons and Drupalcamps
- Hired UX professionals to improve Drupal 7
- Encouraged their engineers to spend one day a week on Drupal
- Introduced Drupal to new audiences by working with industry analysts and government agencies, launching hosted Drupal, and launching paid support service. These new audiences bring more volunteers, more money, and more expertise into the project.
P.S. In case anyone wonders, I have never worked for Acquia. This is just honest praise.
P.S.S Go #D7CX