Announcing the Drupal Retail Store
by George DeMet
There's been a lot of talk in the Drupal community over the last couple of months about whether or not there should be a Drupal "App Store" where users can download modules and themes, much like the App Store for Apple's iPhone and iPad. The idea is that this online "App Store" would help improve the adoption of Drupal by making commercially-supported modules and themes more widely available to non-technical users.
While we at Palantir recognize the value that the App Store brings to Apple's mobile platforms, we believe far more credit for the company's success should be given to their chain of brick-and-mortar Apple Stores. The Apple Stores are not only a location where people can shop for and purchase Apple hardware and software, but they're also great places to get support and advice. These retail stores are, in many ways, a physical manifestation of Apple's values, and they've been instrumental in helping expand the company's market share over the last decade.
With all of that in mind, Palantir is proud to announce the next logical step in Drupal's campaign of global domination: the opening of the first-ever Drupal Retail Store, right here in Chicago, Illinois. The Drupal Retail Store is a physical, brick-and-mortar location where any person can come in off the street to try out and purchase a copy of Drupal for personal or professional use.
The Drupal Retail Store will not only offer boxed copies of every single one of Drupal's nearly 10,000 core and contributed modules and themes for sale, but it is also a place to receive community support and training for the world's leading open source content management platform.
If you're new to Drupal, there's no better way to get set up, get trained, and get going than at the the Drupal Retail Store. We'll transfer your files from your old CMS, teach you the basics in face-to-face training sessions, and guide you through more advanced projects as your skills grow.
And if you have technical questions about your Drupal installation, the Drupal Genius Bar is the place for free advice, insight, and friendly, hands-on technical support. Drupal Geniuses use their impressive knowledge to answer technical questions, troubleshoot problems, and perform repairs — right in your neighborhood Drupal Retail Store.
For the existing Drupal fan, the Drupal Retail Store offers you the opportunity to be the first on your block to get the latest Drupal modules and updates. All you need to do is put down a small pre-order deposit for the next release of your favorite Drupal module or theme. Then, when a new version comes out, we'll give you a phone call and you can come down to the store and pick up your copy that very same day!
We think that the Drupal Retail Store will revolutionize the way that people think about and interact with Web software.
The Chicago location opens today, April 1, with new stores coming soon to San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Later this year, the Drupal Retail Store will expand to London, Paris, and Copenhagen, with new locations in 2012 planned for Denver and beyond.
Regardless of where in the world you live, we hope you'll stop by one of the Drupal Retail Stores soon. We'll be sure to greet you by saying, "April Fool!"
Genius Bar photo courtesy of DaveMN