Drupal 6.0 released

Bringing greater simplicity, performance and style to this open source social publishing platform

February 13, 2008 -- The Drupal project today announced the official release of Drupal 6, the latest version of its award-winning open source content management platform. This new release is packed with hundreds of improvements, including workflow and usability enhancements, integrated AJAX and multilingual support, adoption of the OpenID authentication standard, increased power and flexibility in creating custom visual themes and streamlined administration tools. Drupal 6 is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License and is available for download at http://drupal.org/drupal-6.0.

"The core idea behind Drupal is go give everyone the power to create compelling community-driven web sites without sacrificing power," said Dries Buytaert, Drupal project lead and chief technology officer of Acquia, Inc. "Drupal 6 is true to this heritage, offering the best-ever performance, functional power, and polish. I can't wait to see what the global Drupal community does with it."

Drupal 6 offers new capabilities and enhancements in the areas that web developers and site owners value most including:

In addition to the major new functional capabilities and performance improvements, hundreds of smaller improvements have enhanced the overall fit and finish of this release while offering an even more reliable foundation for developers building their own Drupal extensions. A detailed list of enhancements is available at http://drupal.org/drupal-6.0.

Drupal 6 development has been a collaboration among hundreds of individual open source developers from around the world. Over 700 individuals have contributed code and bug fixes during this development cycle, and more than 100 third-party plugin modules are already available for Drupal 6. Hundreds more will be released as developers upgrade existing modules to take advantage of Drupal 6's new capabilities.

Dries Buytaert founded the Drupal project in 2001 as testbed for emerging social technologies on the web while a student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Since then, Drupal has evolved into a flexible, feature-rich platform for building content-driven community web sites. The project is a true open source success story in which thousands of volunteer developers, businesses and nonprofit organizations cooperate to build and support the core platform and thousands of plug-in modules have been developed to add features ranging from e-commerce solutions to advanced media management and social networking tools. Today, Drupal powers hundreds of thousands of web sites for companies large and small including Warner Brothers Records, Fast Company magazine, The New York Observer, The Onion, Amnesty International, SonyBMG, Forbes, Harvard University, and more.

Quotes About Drupal 6

"Drupal 6 has provided us with the perfect platform to re-launch our community site. With Drupal, we're able to offer a much richer user experience. We're quite happy with the performance improvements, and are also looking forward to offering content in multiple languages. These new directions just wouldn't have been possible without using Drupal."

Trevor Twining, co-owner, CashkeepersCanada.com