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The Music Industry's Going Drupal? Have You? DrupalCampLA Is In One Week

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There was a time when all top-of-the-music-chart bands had killer flash websites, showing off their graphic and motion skills and competing with other record labels' fancy webpages. But there were problems. Flash became more about gimics and "cool tricks" than actually letting the fans access the information in a timely and easy manner. Not only that, for the record labels, flash sites are expensive to update, time consuming to update, and not accessible to all internet users.

Today, companies like Warner Brothers and even the Los Angeles Unified School District are starting to switch to a different technology called Drupal, an open source content management system (CMS).

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If you don't know what open source is, it goes something like this: it's a free, open software that isn't owned or solely controlled by any one person, company, or organization, so virtually anyone can access the source code, play with it, create new things with it, or contribute back core improvements to it. According to Crystal Williams of Sisu, Inc. and lead organizer of next week's free DrupalCampLA, "this means that software created in this manner is not only free, it's also gone through much more scrutiny than your average commercially developed code. Think 'Wikipedia', but extend that to the other sorts of applications you use every day."