Drupal’s founder and lead, Dries Buytaert, has formed a company to provide Drupal services and raised $7m for the effort! In addition to the usual consulting and support services, he plans to develop pay versions of Drupal. Read his announcement and Acquia FAQ for more information. On the one hand, this makes me nervous. Dries’ hopes for Acquia to become the “next Red Hat” is not necessarily great for those of us who anticipate using the free version indefinitely. On the other hand, it may be wonderful to see Drupal develop into a more robust, mature system with greater adoption and known legitimacy. We could definitely ride that wave.
Also of interest: Buytaert’s site of Drupal sites — some big names here.