Dries Buytaert

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Dries Buytaert at FOSDEM 2008.

Dries Buytaert (born 19 November 1978)[1] is a Belgian open-source software programmer. He is the founder and lead developer of the Drupal content management system.[2][3] He also serves as the CTO of Acquia.[4][5]


Buytaert was born in Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium.[1] He defended his PhD dissertation in computer science on 27 January 2008,[6] at Ghent University in Belgium.[7]

From 1999 to 2000 he was the maintainer of the Linux-WLAN FAQ.[8]

On 1 December 2007, Dries announced,[9] together with co-founder Jay Batson, the launch of a start-up called Acquia.[10] Acquia is a commercial open-source software company providing products, services, and technical support for Drupal. Acquia tries to be to Drupal what Red Hat has been to Linux.[11] In 2009, Acquia helped re-launch Whitehouse.gov on Drupal.[12]

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,[13] including all of Netlog's messages.[14] Mollom support ended 2 April 2018.[15]

In 2008, Buytaert was elected "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech" by BusinessWeek.[16] 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.[17][18]

Dismissal of Larry Garfield[edit]

In March of 2017, Buytaert fired Drupal developer Larry Garfield and disinvited him from DrupalCon, shortly after forum posts came to light that outed Garfield as a participant in the Gorean subculture. In a March 22 blog post, Garfield accused Buytaert of tolerating doxing and wrote that Drupal's Community Working Group had not found any Code of Conduct violations in his history.[19] Buytaert made a post the next day which defended the firing as necessary for fostering an inclusive community. He also wrote that his precise reasoning was confidential and that he "did not make the decision based on the information or beliefs conveyed in Larry's blog post."[19] Several commentators disputed this characterization citing Buytaert's deleted sentence "further participation in a leadership role implies our community is complicit with and/or endorses these views, which we do not."[20] 85 Drupal developers posted an open letter criticizing Buytaert for his handling of the situation.[19][21]

Personal life[edit]

Buytaert lives in Boston.[22]


  1. ^ a b Curriculum Vitae Archived 21 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "History". Drupal.org. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  3. ^ "The Drupal core". Drupal.org. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012.; "Revamp of MAINTAINERS.txt". Groups.drupal.org. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ Detwiler, Bill (11 February 2021). "Open source shouldn't mean anti-commercial says Drupal creator Dries Buytaert". TechRepublic. Retrieved 18 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Dries Buytaert". Acquia. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Dr. Dre, Dries Buytaert". Buytaert.net. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  7. ^ "conferences.oreilly.com". Conferences.oreillynet.com. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Linux-Wlan Faq (Old)". Linux-wlan.org. 6 March 2000. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Acquia, my Drupal startup, Dries Buytaert". Buytaert.net. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Acquia". Acquia. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  11. ^ "With $30M in funding, Acquia edges closer to an IPO". Venturebeat.com. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Whitehouse goes Drupal". Techpresident.com. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Mollom Scorecard". Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Mollom filtering millions of messages for Netlog". Buytaert.net. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Mollom End of Life Announcement". Acquia Support Knowledge Base. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  16. ^ Kharif, Olga (17 April 2008). "Young Entrepreneurs of Tech 2008". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  17. ^ "2008 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  18. ^ Christopher Chang, 33 University of California, Berkeley. "TR35 2008 Young Innovator". Technologyreview.com. Retrieved 23 April 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ a b c Evans, Jon (26 March 2017). "Sex and Gor and open source". TechCrunch. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  20. ^ Nolan Brown, Elizabeth (18 April 2017). "Drupal Developer Larry Garfield Ostracized Over Involvement in Sci-Fi Based Kink Community". Reason. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  21. ^ Nichols, Shaun (13 April 2017). "Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment". The Register. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  22. ^ Blyaert, Luc (18 October 2022). "Tobania trekt CM binnen met Dries Buytaert". www.computable.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 October 2022.

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