Dries Buytaert

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Dries Buytaert at FOSDEM 2008.

Dries Buytaert (born 19 November 1978 in Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium)[1] is an open-source software programmer notable as founder and lead developer of the Drupal CMS.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Buytaert defended his PhD dissertation in Computer Science on 27 January 2008[5] at Ghent University in Belgium.[6]

From 1999-2000 he was the maintainer of the Linux-WLAN FAQ.[7]

On 1 December 2007, Dries[8] announced, together with co-founder Jay Batson the launch of a start-up called Acquia.[9] Acquia is a commercial open-source software company providing products, services, and technical support for Drupal. Acquia wants to be to Drupal as what Red Hat has been to Linux.[10] In 2009, Acquia helped re-launch Whitehouse.gov on Drupal.[11]

On 31 March 2008, Dries launched Mollom, a service dedicated to stopping website spam: "Mollom's purpose is to dramatically reduce the effort of keeping your site clean and the quality of your content high. Currently, Mollom is a spam-killing one-two punch combination of a state-of-the-art spam filter and CAPTCHA server." Over 59,000 websites are protected by the Mollom service,[12] including all of Netlog's messages.[13]

In 2008, Buytaert was elected "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech" by BusinessWeek.[14] He was also named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curriculum Vitae
  2. ^ "History". Drupal.org. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Drupal core". Drupal.org. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Revamp of MAINTAINERS.txt". Groups.drupal.org. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Dre, Dries Buytaert". Buytaert.net. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "conferences.oreilly.com". Conferences.oreillynet.com. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Linux-Wlan Faq (Old)". Linux-wlan.org. 6 March 2000. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Acquia, my Drupal startup, Dries Buytaert". Buytaert.net. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Acquia". Acquia. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "With $30M in funding, Acquia edges closer to an IPO". Venturebeat.com. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Whitehouse goes Drupal". Techpresident.com. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mollom Scorecard". Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mollom filtering millions of messages for Netlog". Buytaert.net. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Kharif, Olga (17 April 2008). "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech 2008". Businessweek.com. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "2008 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  16. ^ Christopher Chang, 33 University of California, Berkeley. "TR35 2008 Young Innovator". Technologyreview.com. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Talks[edit]

  • The State of Drupal - Dries' talk at FOSDEM 2007 in Brussels, Belgium (February 2007)
  • Video of talk delivered by Dries Buytaert titled the State of Drupal from OSCMS conference on Yahoo campus in Sunnyvale, California (late March 2007)
  • The State of Drupal - Dries' State of Drupal talk at Drupalcon 2007 in Barcelona, Spain (September 2007)