Distros often built on the backs of Enterprise clients, E.g., Open Publish for Thomas Reuters and OpenAtrium for the World Bank\n
Used by all DrupalCons and most Drupal camps\n
Watershed Now is a Drupal distribution developed to support the common content management, social media, online advocacy, fundraising, and geo-mapping needs of conservation organizations. The goal of this project is to allow conservation organizations to quickly "boot up" effective, easy-to-use websites on an inexpensive web host in minimal time.\n\nUsed in US, Mexico, and Canada, people contacted us from as far away as Mirinmar and New Zealand\nWeb sprint model\ndeveloped based on client projects\nfoundation for customizations\ndo innovative custom development while still serving the grass roots\nmaintainability is a challenge once the site launches\n
Focus a distro on a very specific vertical and/or use case, and make sure it's one you know well \n\nCommunity tips:- Good documentation\nRoadmap\nSpread the word beyond Drupal\n
It takes lots of time and money to build a distro which organizations need to recoup. Distros as a lead gen tool is not scalable.\n\ndistros should be built to compliment core, not fight it\n
Drupal Distributions, an Open Source Product Model
Drupal Distributions, an Open Source Product Model Lev Tsypin firstname.lastname@example.org ThinkShout.com
Agenda• Drupal basics• What are distributions?• Prominent examples• Business models
“Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications”
Drupal is:• Core platform and modules• Contributed modules• Themes• Custom modules• Conﬁguration• Community
What are Distributions? A collection of modules, themes, 3rd party libraries and settings that solve a speciﬁc problem.
Anatomy of a distribution• Drupal core• Installation proﬁle• Modules• Themes• 3rd party libraries, E.g., OpenLayers, ImageMagick
What problems do distributions solve?• Bundling code, design, and conﬁguration into a single package.• Downloading and conﬁguring each dependency individually.• Eliminate the need to sift through the thousands of available modules.
Open Atrium• “Open Atrium is an intranet in a box”• Features include a blog, wiki, calendar, to do list, shoutbox, and a dashboard to manage it all.• Initially developed by Development Seed for the World Bank and then sold to Phase2 Technology.
• A social networking platform allowing organizations to interact with their constituents.• Feature set comparable to Jive and Facebook.• Developed by Acquia targeting the enterprise space
• Tailored for government websites• Enhanced security, accessibility, directory, and media room• Developed from the ground up by Phase2
ConferenceOrganization• Distribution for creating a conference website• Features event signup, session proposals, voting / judging, scheduling, and social networking.• An example of a grass roots distro developed by and for the community.
• ThinkShout’s distribution targeting conservation groups• 35 known installs, 20 paid• Sites launched in a series of web sprints• Allows for innovative custom development while serving grass roots• Biggest challenge is maintenance