Drupal is going to kick Basecamp's ass! Welcome Open Atrium!

27 Jul · by Tim Kamanin · 2 min read

A bit harsh heading but it's going to be a real true. Guys from Development Seed released their Drupal distribution called Open Atrium. Open Atrium is an intranet in a box that has group spaces to allow different teams to have their own conversations. It comes with six features - a blog, a wiki, a calendar, a to do list, a shoutbox, and a dashboard to manage it all. It does everything Basecamp does and more. It is flexible and customizable, it is open... and most important, it is built on Drupal. So you don't have to wait for very special features to be implemented by your collaboration software provider, you have the power under your fingers and you have a control. Just look at these sexy screens (taken from Open Atrium):

1) Blog:

2) Dashboard:

3) Casetracker:

4) Documents:

5) Calendar:

As I already said, everything is configurable and expandable, bundled in one package which you need to install as regular Drupal installation. Install it and forget, no additional modules or configurations to be done. This is a heaven of Drupal distributions approach.

Well, I'm so impressed with this piece of Drupal art so that I'm thinking about giving up using OpenGoo and moving all my collaborations to Open Atrium. Try it yourself!


  • Open Atrium Page: http://openatrium.com
  • Lullabot podcast on Drupal distributions with creators of Open Atrium: http://www.lullabot.com/audiocast/lullabot-podcast-75-drupal-distributions-and-features


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3 years later, it did not happen. I see the improvement, but I really doubt that OA will ever reach Basecamp's quality.

Reply · 8 years, 4 months ago

Even the OpenAtrium literature talks about having a "to-do" list, but I can't find it. There is in fact a Project/Case system, which is more like a bug- tracker than a to-do list. The default categorization for a new case is even "bug." Until it gets something more like "To-Do" plus "Milestones", this isn't a Basecamp replacement. It might still suit you as well or better than Basecamp for project management, but it's not a direct replacement; too many analogies are missing. A more 1:1 mapping that's still open-source seems to be ProjectPier, even though ProjectPier has a slightly slow development cycle (likely the developer has a dayjob and can't devote endless hours to it). Still looking for a BaseCamp-alike... might as well just be paying for BaseCamp... 37signals did something right there.

Reply · 8 years, 4 months ago