Drupal8 is a gamechanger.
UPDATE: We did it! Fully funded.
What's the big deal?
There was some major refactoring under the hood that will help developers outside the Drupal community get up to speed more easily. There are also extraordinary enhancements for users and site owners.
A web editor is now built in, it won't need complex configuration to get the basics right.
Views is now in core. For a long time, views was the secret powerhouse behind Drupal's extra-ordinary flexibility at managing and displaying content - this interface for querying content is now in core too.
Shifting to HTML5 and improved accessibility defaults also brings Drupal inline with important web standards.
Out of the box, Drupal8 delivers. If you first met Drupal in versions 5 or 6, I think you will be astounded at how far we've come.
So, what's the hold up?
We're in Beta now, but there are some gnarly release blockers in our path. These are hard problems requiring specialist knowledge, and deep understanding from a few key individuals. They need time to code, and time to collaborate. We need to get them together for sprints, we need to give them time to focus. So the board of the Drupal Association (DA) discussed how we could help. Funding core developers has been a question bandied around for a while. There are many misconceptions about funding Free Software development, but to date, it's been something of a no-no for the DA to directly fund work on the project.
Go go #D8Accelerate
So we've set up the D8Acclerate program, which works a bit like our community grants program, and we've committed $62,500 to a fund to support work on core to accelerate the release of Drupal8, seven organisations have joined us as Anchor donors to provide another $62,500. We're calling on the community to help us raise another $125,000 to help fund the work to get D8 done. We want to raise a quarter of a million dollars to directly support the community to get Drupal8 to a stable release.
And what's a Chook Raffle?
When we first started talking about this I knew I didn't have the resources to make a big anchor donation as some others on the board did, so I wondered how I could go about raising my share of the $62,500 that board members committed to personally raise for the fund.
So, I thought I'd try and run a chook raffle. But then the Drupal Association agreed a crowdfunding initiative would be great for all of us to try, and so I shut down my raffle on pozible, and waited for the launch of this platform. Read more about that on my blog.
$125,000 in Matching Donations From These Amazing Anchor Donors