Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The better a project’s commercial arm the faster that project can progress. Drupal offers a great example.
I first came across Drupal almost five years ago. I recommended it for a project on politics, since abandoned. My experience was a nightmare. We were a commercial operation that needed professional programming.
The launch of Acquia as Drupal’s commercial arm last year changed that. It turned out to change a lot more.
Within months, Microsoft was distributing Drupal. Acquia is acquiring a host of new platinum partners. Commercial organizations have begun adopting it. So has the government.