General News

Joomla! Events for August 2007

After the exciting release of the Joomla! 1.5 Release Candidate at the Joomla!Day in Austin Texas, the team will further promote the new system at two more conferences and exhibitions in August 2007.

Thailand Open Source Festival
During the 7th Thailand Open Source Software Festival, to be held on August 2-3, 2007 at Bangkok Convention Center, 5th floor Central Plaza Lardpraow

Chatuchak, Alex Kempkens will speak about Joomla! and the reason why a CMS is essential for Web 2.0. The conference which is supported by an exhibition presents several Open Source solutions and projects. The focus of the talks will be how Open Source solutions can be used within the company/office environment. More information can be found in our forum.


LinuxWorld San Francisco

The Linux World Expo in San Francisco has a very good reputation for the Joomla! project and Open Source in general. Meet Joomla! core team members Louis Landry, Rob Schley and Johan Janssens from August 6-9, 2007 at the Moscone Center San Francisco, CA. We are very proud that Joomla! project manager Johan Janssens will speak at the conference. Johan will introduce the audience to Joomla! with his session about: "Understanding the Joomla Framework - Tips and Tricks From the Frontline". The session will cover several aspects of the new Joomla! Framework and will give an overview of the different packages as well as explaining its usage with examples.

Finally we will demonstrate how you can easily create completely new web applications based on the Framework in just a few lines of code.

Does this sound exciting? A must see session we would say! Important for everybody wanting to meet the Joomla! team at the event. If you sign up before the event (until the 5th of August) registration is FREE (0,- US-$). Check out the conference details at the linuxworldexpo.com site. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to meet Louis, Rob and some other special guests as well as other community members. Check out the forum and show hands if you will be around to talk about the latest news about the Joomla! project, your websites and everything else you like to talk about.

Over past years Joomla! has won some prestigious awards at the SF LinuxWorld.  With the release of Joomla! 1.5 we believe this takes the project to a whole new level. The new framework is fast becoming recognised as 'the next big thing' in open source technologies.  1.5 is attracting some amazing new talent — with third-party developers and architects wanting to achieve more than ever before with the Joomla! 1.0 series.  "These are most definitely THE most exciting times of the Joomla! project," Johan said.  "We've put in thousands of hours of development time creating this 'next generation framework' and we feel its potential is only limited by people's imaginations.  Joomla! is now much more than a CMS."
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San Francisco in Detail:
Our Booth
- DOT.org Pavillion at Booth 11
- The booth will be manned by core team members Louis Landry, Rob Schley and Johan Janssens, together with members of the local Joomla! usergroups.

Other Activities
Tuesday, 7 August:
Community Meetup @ Thirsty Bear
Meet at booth at 17:00; walk to venue at 17:30

Wednesday, 8 August:
Johan's Janssens Talk
10:15 - 11:15 - Understanding the Joomla! Framework - Tips and Tricks From the Frontline (Session Q4)

Thursday, 9 August
James Vasile (of OSM and the Software Freedom Law Center) talk
10:15 - 11:15 - Inside the GPLv3

REGISTRATION FOR FREE
Exhibit registration : http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/TB296182//SN298548 (free)

Website : http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/

EXHIBITION HOURS
Tuesday August 7, 2007 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Wednesday August 8, 2007 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday August 9, 2007 10:00 AM 4:00 PM

* Please note the LinuxWorld has no public exhibition on August 6.


ON-SITE REGISTRATION HOURS
Registration is located in the upper north lobby of the Moscone Center


LOCATION
The Moscone Center
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-974-4000
http://www.moscone.com/

Packt Awards 2007 - Vote for Joomla!

award.jpg Packt is pleased to announce the launch date of the 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award as Monday July 16. Following on from the success of last year, Packt has expanded the Award for 2007 with an increase in prize money and the addition of new categories.

As many of you know, Joomla! won the award last year and there is no doubt that community support through voting was a significant factor in our success.  Fingers crossed, you guys can help us win again! 

The 2006 Open Source CMS Award was designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward an open source Content Management System (CMS) selected by a panel of judges and visitors to PacktPub.com. Following 72 nominations and 15,000 votes, Joomla! was eventually declared the winner. The 2007 Award will continue to support open source Content Management Systems and in order to reward more than one project, Packt has developed new categories for a wider variety of CMS’s to benefit from. These are broken down into five different categories including the overall winner and the most promising Open Source CMS:vote-now.gif

  • Overall Winner
  • Most Promising Open Source CMS
  • Best Open Source PHP CMS
  • Best Other Open Source CMS
  • Best Social Networking CMS

 The Award fund for 2007 has doubled, with $20,000 divided amongst the five winners. The overall winner will receive $5,000, with second and third places receiving $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. The most promising Open Source CMS will receive $2,000 with two runners up each receiving $1,000. The winners of the remaining three categories will each be awarded $2,000.

The first stage of the Award is nominations, which begin on July 16. This is open for visitors to PacktPub.com to submit their choice of Open Source Content Management System that they would like to go through to the final stage. The CMS’s that receive the most votes in their category will go through to the final stage, which starts in September.

2007 Summit Success

 

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The core team and board of directors posing.
The recent Joomla! Summit, held last month at Google, provided the opportunity for core team members to consider a number of project position appointments.  The team supported a vote for the appointment of Johan Janssens, Louis Landry and Shayne Bartlett as project managers.  The new appointments of project managers provides a remit to work in facilitation roles with working group coordinators.  This move takes the functional roles which the project has been working with from interim phase to a more formal structure.

 

 

We also take this opportunity to recognise three champions of open source.  Core team members David Gall, Emir Sakic and Rey Gigataras are stepping down from core team positions.  David, who worked in translations and on several Open Source Matters issues, is moving forward with personal goals.  Emir, whose history with the project goes back to the Mambo days — as does Rey — has a range of projects on the boil.  And finally, Rey, the stalwart 'Mr Fixit' of Mambo and Joomla! off to pastures new.

More information

The Summit provided the opportunity for the Core Team and Open Source Matters Board of Directors to scope out a range of significant functional issues.  The process involved discussion and debate of key issues with guidance facilitated by hand-picked experts.  The licensing discussion was of primary importance, given the forthcoming release of Joomla! 1.5.  More information will be released as progress is made.  We're making some good progress with the help of James Vasile of the Software Freedom Law Center — but we are not there yet.  As soon as we have something concrete, we will start the external communication of this progress.  Moreover, working to improve our communication channels was discussed and we've decided to endeavor to put out monthly reports as blog posts from working groups.

Thank you very much

The combined Summit and Joomla!Day USA (West) provided an amazing focus for core members and community interaction.  There's no substitute for face-to-face meetings and collaboration.  An event of this scale could not have happened without the most generous support of Google — a special thanks to Leslie Hawthorn for creating the opportunity, great food and opening up the Googleplex to open source geeks.  We'd also like to thank Allen Gunn from Aspirationtech for facilitating the Summit.  Last but not least, we'd like to thank the community ... everyone from the mom and pop hobbyists to professional website developers.  We are an interesting bunch indeed.  As a key part of the open source recipe, community thinking is always paramount to our considerations.