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Whitehouse goes Drupal

From Personal Democracy Forum: has gone Drupal. After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration in favor of the latest version of the open-source Drupal software, as the AP alluded to in its reporting several minutes ago.

This is a pragmatic decision because open source software is more likely to withstand time’s arrows (time’s arrow faces forward but it seems to fire them backwards at us), but it’s also important as a symbol: It is yet another validation of open software’s robustness and capabilities; it says that the White House is of and by the people, just as open software is; it symbolizes the Obama administration’s understanding of tech and its embrace of openness.

So, this is good techie news, but also a bit more.

(Here‘s the NYT on the news. And I heard about this from my friend Britt Blaser, whose Open Resource Group citizen-to-government software runs on Drupal. (Disclosure: I volunteer as an adviser to Britt’s group.)

4 Responses to “Whitehouse goes Drupal”

  1. Wow !

    That’s the news !
    I’m sure it will boost Drupal.

    I guess I must rethink one of our recent decisions at MakoLab – instead of investing in Drupal we decided to create our own CMS system… well, maybe not so good step, if Obama goes for Drupal … :-) :-)

  2. Slate did an article about this last week (, they look more at the political implications of using Drupal as compared to other CMS. I think it’s a bit of a stretch, but an interesting take.

  3. I read Slate article… So… Maybe we did not make such a bad step :-)

    Let’s now wait and see the fruits from this orchard.

    Whatever is the result, I do not think the saying: “running the White House Web site on Drupal is a political disaster waiting to happen.” has any merits. Drupal may happen to be less useful or technically inferior to some other solutions – but, for G-d’s sake, it is technical/functional problem, not a political one!!!

  4. I agree Mirek, I can’t imagine polticians helping to decide which CMS to use based on perceived political implications of a piece of software. I looked at Drupal when choosing a CMS for my site, but ended up on Joomla, mostly becasue of the community associated with it, but to each their own I suppose.

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