Joomla Announcements

Joomla! Wins Again at UK LinuxWorld


Johan, Chris and Louis celebrating!
Joomla! won Best Linux / Open Source Project at UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006, in London tonight.


This is the second year running, the Joomla! team has won the prestigious award.  Louis Landry, Johan Janssens and Peter Russell accepted the award from LinuxUser and Developer magazine publisher Maggie Meer.

Johan described the win for Joomla! as "one for the community".  "The buzz around the Joomla! project is driven by our huge user base and this translates into what is fast becoming the most popular open source framework going," Johan said.

Chris Adams, of Rochen, who is a major sponsor of the Joomla! project was nominated as Best Linux Open Source ISP / Internet Host.  Unfortunately, Rochen missed out this year but it was great to have Rochen with us to celebrate.  "Chris and the Rochen guys are part of the Joomla! family ... this is as much Rochen's award as it is the developers and the communities."

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Joomla! to Present at SYSTEMS 2006

ImageThe Joomla! open source content management project unveiled its speakers and panelists for the SYSTEMS 2006 conference in Munich Germany on October 23rd – 27th at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich/Riem.


SYSTEMS is the leading Business-to-Business Trade Fair for IT, Media and Communications and is held in Munich, Europe's largest high-tech and media location. This year, the conference expects over 1000 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors.

Joomla! core development team members Alex Kempkens, Marko Schmuck and Wilco Jansens will present in Munich on a variety of Joomla! topics and provide detailed demonstrations of the forthcoming release of Joomla! 1.5. Specifically, Marko Schmuck will present his new Search-Engine-Optimization extension openSEF (, Alex Kempkens ( ) will introduce a new version of the multilingual component Joom!Fish and the recent book "Joomla! 1.5", finally Robert Deutz ( ) will demonstrate how to take advantage of the advanced template and accessibility features within Joomla! 1.5.

Attendees can interact with the Joomla! team and get receive demonstrations of Joomla! 1.5. in Hall A3, Booth 542. The Joomla! project would like to personally thank Messe Munich for support and the invitation to attend the conference.

One Giant Step for the Joomlasphere - Joomla! 1.5 Beta Released


ImageExactly one year ago, Joomla! 1.0 was released.  Today, Joomla! releases the next generation framework built from the ground up.  Joomla! 1.5 beta delivers more simplicity for the user and much more power for developers.  The innovation and skill of our development team is clearly setting higher and higher standards.

But before we get into reams of detail about just how good Joomla! 1.5 beta is, remember this is a beta and is not yet ready for use on a production website.  We need the community to roll up its sleeves and seek out bugs (and feed this back to the development working group), before we enter the release candidate phase.

Joomla! 1.5 beta marks the most significant watershed in Joomla's history.  This effort represents a complete refactoring of the Joomla! codebase and leverages a new API that allows developers to deliver more robust and innovative applications than ever before.  Joomla! 1.5 means freedom of choice: you choose how it operates, you choose how it integrates, you choose what the output is ... you choose how users are authenticated.  For both the user and the developer, Joomla! 1.5 beta is a simplified yet more powerful system, and from the developer's perspective, provides them with the freedom and flexibilty to build anything they want.

Lead developer Johan Janssens said 12 October is a giant step for the Joomlasphere!  "Open source projects are delivering incredible power and features to end users — we've taken things a step further by building an opportunity for unlimited extendibility for developers," he said.  "Once developers get to see how easily 1.5 can leverage their own ideas as plugins, they will certainly be a big part of continuing Joomla's incredible growth.  You only need to take a look at the Joomlasphere to understand how amazing the future can be."

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