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SFDUG - What's the deal with Backdrop CMS, the fork of Drupal?

The Drupal Rewind (okay, call it a Fork): Backdrop

What's the deal with Backdrop CMS, the fork of Drupal?

Many community members have been showing increasing levels of concern with the architectural direction of Drupal 8. Between large-scale conversions, rewritten foundations, multiple external libraries, and the increased level of abstraction, Drupal 8 is shaping up to be the biggest architectural shift in Drupal's history.

Recently, the concern around these changes reached the tipping point, and a fork of Drupal was officially announced, called Backdrop CMS.

Come join the "founding forkers" Nate Haug ("quicksketch") and Jen Lampton ("jenlampton") at SFDUG to have your questions about Backdrop answered.

- A fork is a tremendous undertaking, why couldn't Drupal 8 just be "fixed" with all this effort?

- How is Backdrop differentiating itself from Drupal 8? How are they trying to be the same?

- Are forks good or bad? How could Backdrop benefit Drupal, and how could it be damaging?

- When is Backdrop going to be ready for production?

- How is development happening and why would you be interested in participating?

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  • steve m.

    I can't make it tonight, but I see that the Indigogo fundraising is at about $4K of the $50K desired, about half way through the process. What happens if the goal is not met? I see the campaign will receive all the funds in that case, but what will that say about the viability of Backdrop? (One of my colleagues will be there.)

    October 14, 2013

  • Tom M.

    What do other development groups think? Do they support the fork, or forge ahead with original Drupal 8? (companies like Acquia, Drupal Commerce, etc.)

    2 · October 14, 2013

    • John F.

      Tom you gotta come on by and ask that question as its a good one.

      October 14, 2013

    • Michael Cresta (aka P.

      Tom that is the critical make or break question that hangs over every project when it is forked this way. How will the major players react, will they support. For most projects this is even more important than general community response. I had been through such events many times.

      October 14, 2013

  • Michael Cresta (aka P.

    Interesting development, this is what I have been speaking about being the likely outcome of recent developments.

    September 18, 2013

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