Whitehouse.gov finds familiar power

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Mon, 2009-10-26 21:27 by Hans-Georg
The new White House web site

By Jamie Monday Oct 26, 2009 12:00pm

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If you have gone to whitehouse.gov since Saturday you may not have noticed any real changes. On the outside this is true, but underneath the hood they just replaced the entire engine and drive train.

When President Obama took over at 1600 Pennsylvania one of the first things he did was order the people who manage the White House website to investigate new software. The outcome was a move from expensive and clunky proprietary software to a very familiar open source system – Drupal.

Now I don’t expect all our readers to know what Drupal is, but actually it should be very familiar. Drupal is the same software that powers Crooks and Liars [and also blog.michna.com, the web site you are reading right now]. The software is extremely robust and can be extended beyond your imagination through contributed modules. In the coming months you will see more examples of this as we start rolling out …

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