1.5 RC1 released at JoomlaDay Austin

Joomla! lead developer Louis Landry announced Joomla's release candidate of Joomla! 1.5 today. The much-anticipated announcement of Joomla's amazing new framework was met with with enthusiastic applause. Meanwhile, almost simultaneously, Wilco Jansens delivered the good news to a group of Joomla! fans in Germany.

"This release candidate is more than one small step for Joomla!," Louis said. "It's a massive technology step for open source as a whole. This release candidate marks a defining moment in Joomla! history ... our progression away from old legacy code into a more powerful, flexible modern framework."

Wilco Jansens, who has been co-ordinating the release, anticipates great things. "We hope to go to RC2 (Release Candidate Two) early August and Stable should follow very quickly after," he said. "While working in the engine room over recent weeks, we knew we were on the brink of something great. Let the fireworks begin," he said.

Packt Awards 2007 - Vote for Joomla!

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!

2007 Summit Success
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.

Joomla! proudly presents its most important coding adrenaline surge to the development and designer community. With today's release of Joomla! 1.5 Beta-2, we're shifting gears into turbo mode; an entirely re-factored core, internationalisation, FTP layering, next-generation API and framework that's so flexible and powerful and, of course, a designer's dream for unparalleled templating flexibility.

The Red Barchetta — Beta-2

Red Barchetta logo

We've dubbed Beta-2 'Red Barchetta', in keeping with the spirit of freedom, power, simplicity and flexibility unknown in an Open Source framework. Besides Red Barchetta conjuring up triumph through coding revolution, this baby provides developers and designers with unequaled tools. This makes Joomla! 1.5 Beta-2 the ultimate enabler for your projects. Now is the time for you to take it for a serious drive to help our team refine the software for our release candidate goals. It's also probably the best time for you to start learning the nuances of the new system to enable you to migrate your extensions and templates to the next generation CMS.

Joomla! 1.5

The Joomla! Core Team takes this opportunity to announce it will be holding a Core Team Summit prior to the Joomla!Day USA (West), at the Googleplex, in California.  Meeting over three days, both the core team and the Open Source Matters Board of Directors will be tackling many issues pertaining to the future of Joomla.

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