Distributions are full copies of Drupal that include Drupal Core, along with additional software such as themes, modules, libraries, and installation profiles. There are two main types of Drupal distributions:
All-inclusive products: complete solutions for specialized use cases.
Quick-start tools: starting points for developers and site builders.
2. Drupal 8 distributions.
Let us say that you are interesting in testing drupal 8. One option is explained in this thread:
But you can also install a drupal 8 distribution. Then you search on the Distributions page (Download and Extend) :
We set the following search criteria:
Core compatibility 8.x
and hit search. Today January 29 2014 I get:
6 Distributions match your search. Read well before you choose a distribution. Since I am personally interested in Responsive Web Design (RWD) I find the following two distributions of special interest:
1. Spark in Drupal 8 core
Our primary aim is to affect Drupal authoring experience significantly. The following improvements are included in Drupal 8 thanks (in part) to Spark:
A responsive toolbar that works well on mobile devices
2. Project Kickstart
The main purpose of Project Kickstart distribution is to start the Drupal project development quickly with the best recommended libraries / modules / themes. Site builders can also use this distribution as it has features like responsive design for mobile devices, in-place content editing, pre-configured CKEditor WYSIWYG tool!
As an example of RWD with Ken Burns animation see my personal home page: http://www.kjellbleivik.com/
3. How to find a drupal distribution?
You can always search on the Distributions page which is all-inclusive: Today January 29 2014 there are 405 Distributions:
or you can look at the list of distributions.
4. Building a site of drupal distributions.
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