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Congratulations are in order...

Congratulations Drupal

Today Drupal announced the release of the long awaited Drupal 5.0, appropriately and symbolically released on Drupal's sixth birthday. We would like to offer our congratulations to the guys and gals making Drupal what it is and to let them know that we are enjoying the celebration as well.

We have met many of the Drupal contributors at various events and consider them friends with common goals. Our two projects are often compared, and there is nothing wrong with comparison... but make no mistake of it, we are all on the same side working to enable people... because we both believe that open source matters.

So from one open source project to another: Congratulations!!

If Joomla! Was a Person - Happy New Year 2007

Joomla! New YearOn the eve of New Year, imagine that Joomla! was a person. 

If Joomla! was a person, its oxygen would be the myriad of active fingers on keyboards logging into the Joomla! website, the forums, extensions and developer zone, attending Joomla! Days and checking out hosts of community and fan sites.

Yes, yes, Joomla! has won awards. Many.  But the accolades are not oxygen. 

Joomla! feels great joy because the past 12 months has seen a mature ecosystem evolve; where people from all walks of life, all races and religions are equal.  Equal to share, equal to learn, and equal to participate in an online community.  And with those skills, everybody is able to craft a website, start a business, perhaps even ensure financial freedom for their family!

Even more pleasing to Joomla! is the fact that when it mattered most, when the spirit of open source was being tested; a group of people rallied around a small team with an idea; an idea to ensure the code remained free.

You may have heard the expression that "Ideas are bulletproof" but the Joomla! project would not have survived without the support of the core team, our working groups, forum users and our sponsors and friends.  The list is very long.  Joomla! has many friends.

Time to mention a few:

Rochen for providing such brilliant hosting and amazing support

Software Freedom Law Center for specialist legal advice

VA Software for providing our forge, possibly the biggest open source forge of its type

Towells Solicitors for generous support on legal matters and training

Google for its significant contribution to grassroots open source advocacy and, of course, the Summer of Code

So yes, the ethos survived and thrived yet the bulletproofing was in no small part due to the generosity of everyone, no matter how small their contribution.  This time last year, we were celebrating freedom of choice and this year, it is fair to say we are all together.

Happy New Year to all.  Happy New Year Joomla!

Joomla! 1.0.12 Released

Image Joomla! 1.0.12 [ Sunfire ] is available as of Monday the 25th of December 2006 1:00 UTC for download here.

We suggest that all Joomla! users upgrade to this version.

Joomla! 1.0.12 features:

  • 140+ General Bug Fixes
  • Several low level security fixes
  • A full security audit of SQL queries
  • SSL switchover support

Although this release contains several security fixes, as they are of a low level nature, this release is still being characterized as a Stability Release.  If you are running a version of Joomla! older than 1.0.11, you should upgrade immediately to at least Joomla! 1.0.11 as that release addressed several important security issues.  If you are using Joomla! 1.0.11, we recommend that you upgrade to 1.0.12 as it addresses several long standing bugs and several low level security issues.

We are also pleased to announce the creation of a new Security Announcements Forum.  As the name suggests, this forum will be used for security announcements for the Joomla! core and third party extensions.  We strongly encourage that all Joomla! users register on forum.joomla.org and subscribe to this forum to ensure that they receive notification of important security issues as soon as possible.  We also encourage you to do same for all third-party extensions you use, where available.

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