Joomla! 1.5 RC3 [codename: Takriban] is now available for download. We've had the 'Red Barchetta' release candidate, then Endelo RC (meaning development, progress ... improvement). Takriban means 'almost, nearly'. Well folks we're almost, nearly there. Stable is getting very close.

It's roughly 10 weeks since RC1 and five weeks since RC2 and thanks to valuable community feedback, there have been improvements and bug fixes. The uptake of Joomla! 1.5 has been incredible, with many people diving in to the new API and finding ways to make it sing. The current Joomla! 1.5 template competition has further fuelled interest, as has the number of 1.5 native extensions finding their way onto the Joomla! Extensions Directory . Joomla! 1.5 is really gaining momentum.

joomla_day_east.jpg Joomla! will be presented for the first time in Joomla!Day format for Joomla!Day USA (East) in New York, next month.  So if you're a Joomla! devotee, this is an event not to be missed.  Inspired by the incredible success of J!Days East Coast and Central, New York looks set to be even more successful.

The event is open to anyone, and will be taking place in the heart of New York City, at Google's East Coast headquarters on Saturday, October 13, 2007 — 9.30am-5pm ET.    If you don't know Joomla! then this event is for you.   If you do know Joomla! it's for you too!  If you want to learn how to launch a website in minutes for a business or other endeavor, this event will provide you with the foundations of how to manage the world's most popular open source content management system.  If you want to write code for Joomla! you will also be able to meet fellow coders and meet some of the people responsible for creating Joomla! 1.5.  Joomla!Days are for anyone who wants to learn, create and improve their skills.

Confirmed speakers for the event include:  Joomla! lead developer Louis Landry,  Software Freedom Law Center lawyer James Vasile and Open Source Matters board member Ryan Ozimek.  Other speakers are likely to be added as the event date gets closer.

The format of the Big Apple J!Day includes a cross between structured conference and audience-generated topics.  Morning sessions will be structured and afternoon breakouts will be user-generated.  By attending you will get the chance to network with fellow Joomla! professionals and users.

Some other attractions being organised for the Day include:
  • a 'hack' room we'll set up
  • learning how to use Joomla! in non-profits
  • how to market your Joomla! site, how the GPL is used in Joomla!
  • see Joomla! 1.5 'under the hood'
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1-million.pngThis week Joomla! will mark its one millionth post on the forums.   This is amazing ... that's a heck of a lot of conversation, questions and answers.  We believe the forum is the life force of the project and this milestone signifies Joomla's unstoppable community.

Core team member and forum admin Brad Baker says the million posts would never have eventuated without the passionate support of our moderators.

"The 1 million posts is a big one for sure," he said, "but without our teams of volunteers to keep the forum running efficiently it would never have happened."

"I'd like to dedicate this celebration to everyone involved with management of the forums ... all volunteers, all committed Joomla! users too.  They all form part of the bigger picture that generally makes open source software an uplifting, shared experience.  Thanks guys and girls, this announcement recognises you!"

• 1 million posts and counting
• About 200, 000 topics and counting
• 130,000 plus registered members

We won't do an Academy Award thing and name all of the top contributors but it is worth noting that of the ten 'most time online members', seven are members of workgroups with a combined time online in the forums of more than 2.067 (rounded) years.

Some of the memorable moments include the launch of brand Joomla!  Most loved it, some laughed at it but we reckon it's unforgettable.  Of course there was the virtual BBQ and 'Your Joomla! story' where people were swapping thoughts and, of course, who could forget the more recent GPL discussions.  We believe the next big step in traffic will be once Joomla! 1.5 goes stable.  When?  This is partly up to you ... come on, roll your sleeves up, jump in and contribute where you can.   We're just hitting full stride.


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