FCC goes open source with Drupal
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is following in the footsteps of the Whitehouse. FCC.gov is set to embrace the same open source Drupal content management system technology that Whitehouse.gov has been using for almost a year.
" As an open source content management system, Drupal also enjoys a
robust and active community of users, code contributors, and
evangelists,Steven VanRoekel - Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission blogged. "We look forward to engaging with this community to help us
innovate and learn, as we build out our own budding community of citizen developers."
That's a pretty solid sounding endorsement and one that could help to further propel Drupal deeper into both the ranks of the government and corporate America.
The timing for the FCC is a little off - or it might be very good, depending on how you look at it. Drupal 7 is nearly done, so the FCC might be able to one of the first major websites that use Drupal 7. Then again, since Drupal 7 isn't as mature and/or stable as Drupal 6, the FCC is more likely to stick with that (almost) legacy technology.
In any event, it is the opportunity for government contributions that excites me the most. The Whitehouse has already contributed back to Drupal and the FCC in time will too.