At the Ref Desk (4/15/18): File under 'Learn Something New Everyday': Wanna print more than one page (say, 2, 4, 9, etc.) on the same side of the paper? That's what the option "Multiple" is for after typing Ctrl-P. (Thanks to the student who figured this out after he asked me and I told him I didn't know.) [more...]

Whitehouse.gov Goes Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/26/09 (9:41am)

Whitehouse.gov, the official website of the POTUS, has gone Drupal. Here's the news from the AP. Tim O'Reilly (of O'Reilly Books fame) has some thoughts on the development as well as Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert.

The AP article correctly alludes (perhaps without realizing it) to the strength of popular open-source software like Drupal where you have many eyes all over the world looking over the product, working continuously to improve it:

Having the public write code may seem like a security risk, but it's just the opposite, experts inside and outside the government argued. Because programmers collaborate to find errors or opportunities to exploit Web code, the final product is therefore more secure.

For instance, instead of a dozen administration programmers trying to find errors, thousands of programmers online constantly are refining the programs and finding potential pitfalls.

I'd only add that the collaborative nature of open-source software is important not only for trouble-shooting and security but for innovation as well.

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