• Badgeville Brings Gamification to Drupal Communities

    Badgeville Brings Gamification to Drupal Communities

    It’s a classic quandary — getting people to participate in online communities can be hard, but getting people to participate well in online communities is even harder. To that end, behavioral management platform Badgeville has announced a new effort to bring its engagement-fostering gamification service to Drupal communities that want to reward their users for quality… Read More

  • Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead

    Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead

    Today Acquia, the company co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to commercialize the open source content management system, acquired Mollom, a spam filtering service also co-founded by Buytaert. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acquia CEO Tom Erickson tells me the Mollom service will continue to be available for non-Drupal users and pricing will remain unchanged. Read More

  • Joomla Quietly Crosses 23 Million Downloads, Now Powering Over 2,600 Government Sites

    According to BuiltWith, of the top million websites using content management systems (or CMSes), three systems own more than 75 percent of the total market share: WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. (All of which are open source, by the way.) Many are likely most familiar with WordPress, which TechCrunch has covered quite a bit (and uses to power most its sites, for full disclosure). WordPress is… Read More

  • Commercial Open Source Software Company Acquia Raises $8.5 Million More

    Acquia, a Boston-based commercial open source software company that provides a set of tools and network services for the Drupal social publishing system, has raised $8.5 million in third-round funding. The financing comes from existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners together with Acquia CEO Tom Erickson. The Series C round brings the company’s total of… Read More

  • Microsoft Puts Weight Behind Open Source Projects With Web Platform Installer

    Microsoft isn’t exactly known for championing open source projects. So it’s rather surprising (in a good way) to see the company release something called the Microsoft Web Platform Installer, which makes it possible to batch install a set of open source projects on Windows Vista or Server 2008. Read More

  • Grateful Dead Fan Site Reborn as Social Network

    At their peak, rock legends “The Grateful Dead” attracted an estimated community of 40,000 self-proclaimed “Deadheads” trailing them as they toured the country. The movement had originally spawned from fans meeting at concerts and networking on mailing lists. Mailing lists turned digital with the launch of Dead.net, which will relaunch in the next 24 hours as a full… Read More