OSBC: Acquia to launch this fall "Carbon" social web publishing system based on Drupal

Acquia is on track to launch its first commercial product this fall based on the open source social web publishing Drupal project.On the exhibit floor at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, Drupal community guide Kieran Lai said all systems are go for the Andover, Mass.

Acquia is on track to launch its first commercial product this fall based on the open source social web publishing Drupal project.

On the exhibit floor at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, Drupal community guide Kieran Lai said all systems are go for the Andover, Mass. startup to ship the product, code named "Carbon," as scheduled. The product, first announced on March 3, will include the Drupal 6 core release and extensions.

Key competition? 'HTML," said Lai, maintaining that Carbon runs on and complements web content management systems such as Alresco's platform.

Acquia was founded in 2007 and received $7 million in Series A funding from North Bridge Venture Partners and others. Acquia's founders are Dries Buytaert, the creator and project lead of the Drupal open source web content management system, and Jay Batson, previously founder and CEO of Pingtel.

As part of the first round of subscription offerings, Acquia will launch an enhanced electronic update notification service code-named “Spokes” that will automatically provide users of the Acquia distribution with information to maintain system performance, security, and stability.