WordPress 4.6 Beta 2 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can […]
The Secure Shell (SSH) protocol allows users to connect remotely to a machine using encrypted communications. It’s normal to use this protocol to work in a network environment. In Fedora, you can use the default client for SSH connections, OpenSSH…. Continue Reading →
This week’s update includes useful patches, festive fun and the return of a very welcome trader.
The Eastern Lands are closer than you think – join Mod Osborne for the month ahead video for this July.
Join us for the biggest RuneScape event of the year, coming on Saturday 17th September 2016.
WordPress 4.6 Beta 1 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can […]
Mod Hing lets us in on the secrets of animating the Arc’s spirit dragons.
Head to Solomon’s General Store to make the most of July’s weekly deals and complimentaryitem for members.
What feelings does the name Drupal evoke? Perceptions vary from person to person; where one may describe it in positive terms as “powerful” and “flexible,” another may describe it negatively as “complex.” People describe Drupal differently not only as a result of their professional backgrounds, but also based on what they’ve heard and learned.
If you ask different people what Drupal is for, you’ll get many different answers. This isn’t a surprise, because over the years the answers to this fundamental question have evolved. Drupal started as a tool for hobbyists building community websites, but over time it’s evolved to support large and sophisticated use cases.
Perception is everything
Perception is everything; it sets expectations and guides actions and inactions. We need to better communicate Drupal’s identity, demonstrate its true value, and manage its perceptions and misconceptions. Words do lead to actions. Spending the time to capture what Drupal is for could energize and empower people to make better decisions when adopting, building, and marketing Drupal.
Truth be told, I’ve been reluctant to define what Drupal is for, as it requires making trade-offs. I’ve feared that we’d make the wrong choice or limit our growth. Over the years, it’s become clear that not defining what Drupal is used for leaves more people confused, even within our own community.
For example, because Drupal evolved from a simple tool for hobbyists to a more powerful digital experience platform, many people believe that Drupal is now “for the enterprise.” While I agree that Drupal is a great fit for the enterprise, I personally never loved that categorization. It’s not just large organizations that use Drupal. Individuals, small startups, universities, museums, and non-profits can be equally ambitious in what they’d like to accomplish, and Drupal can be an incredible solution for them.
Defining what Drupal is for
Rather than using “for the enterprise,” I thought “for ambitious digital experiences” was a good phrase to describe what people can build using Drupal. I say “digital experiences” because I don’t want to confine this definition to traditional browser-based websites. As I’ve stated in my Drupalcon New Orleans keynote, Drupal is used to power mobile applications, digital kiosks, conversational user experiences, and more. Today I really wanted to focus on the word “ambitious.”
“Ambitious” is a good word because it aligns with the flexibility, scalability, speed and creative freedom that Drupal provides. Drupal projects may be ambitious because of the sheer scale (e.g. The Weather Channel), their security requirements (e.g. The White House), the number of sites (e.g. Johnson & Johnson manages thousands of Drupal sites), or specialized requirements of the project (e.g. the New York MTA powering digital kiosks with Drupal). Organizations are turning to Drupal because it gives them greater flexibility, better usability, deeper integrations, and faster innovation. Not all Drupal projects need these features on day one—or needs to know about them—but it is good to have them in case you need them later on.
“Ambitious” also aligns with our community’s culture. Our industry is in constant change (responsive design, web services, social media, IoT), and we never look away. Drupal 8 was a very ambitious release; a reboot that took one-third of Drupal’s lifespan to complete, but maneuvered Drupal to the right place for the future that’s now coming. I’ve always believed that the Drupal community is ambitious, and I believe that attitude remains strong in our community.
Last but not least, our adopters are also ambitious. They are using Drupal to transform their organizations digitally, leaving established business models and old business processes in the dust.
I like the position that Drupal is ambitious. Stating that Drupal is for ambitious digital experiences, however, is only a start. It only gives a taste of Drupal’s objectives, scope, target audience, and advantages. I think we’d benefit from being much clearer. I’m curious to know how you feel about the term “for ambitious digital experiences” versus “for the enterprise” versus not specifying anything. Let me know in the comments so we can figure out how to collectively change the perception of Drupal.
PS: I’m borrowing the term “ambitious” from the Ember.js community. They use the term in their tagline and slogan on their main page.
The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla! CMS 3.6 Release Candidate. Community members are asked to download and install the package in order to provide quality assurance for the forthcoming 3.6 release.
Battle and re-battle a tough new boss in the Heart of Gielinor for increasingly valuable rewards!
Red Hat this week announced the release of Fedora 24, an open source Linux operating system maintained by the Fedora Project community. Fedora Linux is the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL. Fedora 24 is comprised of a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions: Fedora 24 Cloud, Fedora 24 Server and Fedora 24 Workstation.
Berlin, June 23, 2016 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.
For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the backing of professional support by certified developers, migrators and trainers (the full list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).
People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.1.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.1.4/RC2 (fixed in RC2).
In 2016, LibreOffice …
= Minutes for Monday, June 20th 2016, 19:30 UTC =
Next meeting date Monday, June 27th, 19:30 UTC
== Attending ==
* Shaun McCance
Docker on Monday announced Docker Engine 1.12 with built-in orchestration, which allows automated deployment and management of Dockerized distributed applications and microservices at scale in production. Users can select Docker Swarm mode to turn on built-in orchestration, or they can use their own custom tooling or third-party orchestrators that run on Docker Engine.
GNOME 3.21.3, the third snapshot of the GNOME 3.21 cycle, is now
To compile GNOME 3.21.3, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets 
Some quest for fame, others for loot, some want to save cabbages – play now!
WordPress 4.5.3 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.5.2 and earlier are affected by several security issues: redirect bypass in the customizer, reported by Yassine Aboukir; two different XSS problems via attachment names, reported by Jouko Pynnönen and Divyesh Prajapati; revision history information disclosure, reported […]
Today we are delighted to announce that KDE e.V. is joining the advisory board of The Document Foundation, the foundation backing LibreOffice and the Document Liberation Project. The Document Foundation also joins KDE e.V.’s group of advising community…
The Wine maintenance release 1.8.3 is now available.
Various bug fixes.