Dries Buytaert, Drupal Project Lead, will give his bi-annual State of Drupal talk in the beginning of DrupalCon SF, where he’ll discuss where Drupal is and where it is going. In particular, he’ll discuss Drupal 7, usability, the Drupal.org redesign, and other developments to Drupal.

CMS Report is here live at Drupal Con and we'll be blogging about the presentation as we hear it.

2:30 PM: Dries finishing his speech with a pep rally cry. Drupal is growing up and Drupal 7 will bring in more users. As Drupal grow, Dries sees we need to stick to the culture...sharing and contributing, show passion, and innovating. Lastly it needs to stay a culture of fun. All together "awesome happens".

2:25 PM: Drupal as it follows the market to stay relevant but the desire is to also still needs to serve the low end of the market. This is why distributions will need to be utilized to serve both high end and low end of the market.

To succeed Drupal needs to focus on missing features. To succeed in the low end, Drupal needs to focus on creating better experiences. Both missions do overlap.

215 PM: Consolidation = One Big Winner. Lots of CMS runner ups...and very few winners. Drupal needs to be a winner. Winners have richness and reach to be successful.

Trend: Cloud computing and SaaS is hot. "Computing is transforming from an innovation to a service." How does Drupal stay relevant? Dries is talking about Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma. The dilemma is the innovation makes room for a lower-end product often causing the original product to fail.

205 PM: Dries bring up some Drupal related statistics. According to Dries, Drupal now powers 1 percent of the Web.

Over 732 different people have contributed to Drupal 7 Core. Kudos to the top 20 contributors is being given.

More than 70 contributed modules have been moved over to Drupal Core. The system because of it's size will be a little slower.

Dries is estimating that Drupal 7 will be ready as soon as June 2010.

155 PM: Dries is mentioning big companies getting into Drupal, including IBM with 410,000 employees. Ecosystem is supporting small, medium, and large ecosystems. An indication that Drupal may just be about to really take off.

Microsoft continues to also get involved with Drupal. Fore example Acquia Drupal on Microsoft Web Platyform and introducing a new SQL PDO driver.

150 PM: Search and the Semantic Web is still the future, but it's not going to happen overnight.

A video is being played on RDF and explaining how RDF within a Drupal 7 site can be utilized. Search engines love RDF and can pull in more business for a site.

145 PM: Drupal 8 will use the Git version control system. Anyone who has followed the developers knows that life after CVS version control has been debated heavily over the past few years.

Distributions will be a big focus for the future of Drupal.

135 PM PDT: Dries is on stage and acknowledging the 3000 in the crowd. Some of those in Europe didn't make it due to the volcano in Iceland. Those folks stuck in Europe are holding mini-DrupalCons and watching via video streaming.