drupal

Flexible content management system (used for this blog).

Drupal as seen by its creator

Monday evening, had a hard time finding the location because I trusted my GPS. It told me there was no such street-number. In the end I parked my car to search for the venue by foot and surprisingly I was parked 2 meters from the runway. Doh!

When I entered it was apparent that I was under-dressed for the occasion. For an exciting and young project like Drupal, the attendants were mostly dressed in suits. (mental note: do some research next time).

T-DOSE in Eindhoven, NL

This weekend T-DOSE takes place in Eindhoven, NL. This will be my first T-DOSE, but I expect it to be much like FOSDEM and FrOSCon, although maybe smaller and less developer-oriented than FOSDEM and probably more English-oriented than FrOSCon.

Mistakes made when using Drupal as personal blog

Being fallible (not being the pope) I learned some things from my Drupal installation. Dries asked me to keep a list of things, and this is a record of what I still remember.

Beware though that this list is focused on using Drupal for a personal blog.

You do not need the Blog module !
If you just want a personal blog, you really don't. I consider this vital advise, especially because not using Blog seems counter-intuitive and because it is described as:

Blog: Enables keeping easily and regularly updated user web pages or blogs.

Promoting OSS: Social networks

A year ago as a CentOS team member I had taken the task upon myself to promote CentOS at events. Since LinuxWorld 2006 in London, we have organised presence at at least 8 different events, and we intend to do even better.

One of my personal favorites was FOSDEM 2007 which was the biggest gathering of CentOS volunteers to date. And I am positive that with everybody's help we can do even better the next edition.

First impressions of Drupal

I was impressed of my progress in using Drupal. Even though I bought 2 books about Drupal on Amazon, I did not want prior knowledge to spoil my first impression.

The greatest strength of Drupal in my opinion, is the structure it provides to accommodate themes and modules. It becomes obvious that great effort is put into thinking everything through. Not sure if it is true, but it feels as if Drupal has been prototyped several times to become what it is now.

One has to start somewhere...

Indeed, it became inevitable. Now that CentOS has its own Planet CentOS, I have no more excuse to keep my life private. And here's a fair warning to people around me, if you do not behave I'll post about you as well :-)

I chose to kick off using Drupal, not because people recommended it (in fact nobody I asked mentioned it), but because I am very interested in using Drupal for other content and for other projects as well. So it made more sense to me to use something that is flexible enough and doesn't do only Weblogs.