Drupal 4.2.0 released

Submitted by Dries on August 1, 2003 - 8:43pm.

ANTWERP, Belgium -- August 1, 2003 -- Recognizing that while many Open Source projects are powerful but lack ease of use, the Drupal project today announced Drupal 4.2.0, a substantially enhanced and re-organized version of the Drupal open source content management platform with a specific focus on improving ease of use and administration. Beyond ease of use, Drupal 4.2.0 includes several significant new features.

Drupal: powerful, modular and extensible

Since its start in December of 2000, Drupal has evolved from a simple discussion and content platform into a full fledged, modular architecture platform for web applications. Among the new features in Drupal 4.2.0 are:

* Clean URLs -- recognizing the importance that simple, easy to remember URLs have in today's online world, Drupal 4.2.0 adds full "clean url" support.

* Support for extending Drupal with WYSIWYG editors.

* Context sensitive help.

* Support for Microsoft SQL server.

* Enhanced searching.

* Improved, finer grained permissions for a more flexible security architecture.

* A standard XHTML template.

* Enhanced RSS / RDF parser.

* A large number of additional changes: please see the official CHANGELOG.

About Drupal

Since its start in December of 2000, Drupal has grown into an industrial strength dynamic web site platform which allows an individual or community of users to publish, manage and organize a variety of content, Drupal integrates many popular features of content management systems, weblogs, collaborative tools and discussion-based community software into one easy-to- use package.

As an open source software project maintained and developed by a community, Drupal is free to download and use. The source code is available at:


Drupal is written for PHP version 4 and supports a variety of databases including MySQL, PostgreSQL and MSSQL. More information on Drupal is available from the main Drupal developer site, drupal.org. For a complete list of features, please see the official CHANGELOG.