Having spent an amazing few days in Austin for the Apps Sprint, we came away with some even better news than expected. After a few joint development sessions with the great folks at Pantheon, we are thrilled to announce that OpenPublic, OpenPublish and Open Atrium are now available on the Pantheon platform via a one-click install from your Pantheon dashboard. One click installs of our distributions is nothing new. Users have been able to one click for a while on Acquia's Dev Cloud platform and some Aegir based hosting providers, but the distro integration with Pantheon goes a step further than other integrations and provides an open framework for other distro providers to get on board too.
Distribution support on Pantheon was integrated via a materialized distro repo (called a drops repo). These are publicly available at our GitHub account. What this allows us (as distribution owners) to do is roll new releases of our distro and publish them in our drops repo. Those updates are then automatically available for installation at Pantheon. If you have already installed one of these distros, the update will trigger a notification in your Pantheon dashboard and prompt you to pull the changes into your repo from upstream.
Additionally, if you've taken a great platform like OpenPublish and customized it considerably, you don't have to accept future OpenPublish upgrades. The flexible repo based integration we developed will allow you to drop off of the distro upgrade path while still allowing you to pull core updates directly from the Pantheon drops for Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. This allows ultimate flexibility while keeping you, the site owner, in control and at the center of the process. That's not all of the good news though, the Pantheon distribution integration also supports Apps.
Apps are the "new kid on the block" for providing an easier user experience for extending your Drupal site with additional features. By enabling On Server Development in your Pantheon site, you will now have a more flexible set of server permissions that allow for automatic installation of Apps directly into your development Drupal site via the Apps Console. Once you have installed, configured and verified your new App, you can tell Pantheon to commit the changes to your site repo, which allows you to automatically migrate that new functionality across your staging and production environments. Working with Apps could not be easier.
Our joint development session this past week was incredibly productive and, most importantly, benefits the entire Drupal ecosystem in providing an open framework for easily publishing and managing a Drupal distribution on the Pantheon platform. We're really excited to provide this new channel for users to enjoy our distros and get a chance to see the power of distros and Apps in action.