Drupal 6.0 Released

The Joomla! community congratulates the Drupal community on their release of Drupal 6.0. It is a great accomplishment and shows the strength and creativity of their free and open source community. Their hard work has paid off and again shown the power of open source collaboration to produce great software. We are especially thrilled for the many Drupal community members who we have gotten to know, most recently when both projects participated in the Google GHOP Contest .

Drupal like Joomla! makes it possible for millions of people to be creators of rich and complex web content without having to be coders. We celebrate Drupal's achievement in this, just as we celebrated our release of Joomla! 1.5.

Well done Drupal, and congratulations.

Joomla!: version 1.6

Following the release of Joomla! 1.0.14 [Daybreak] and Joomla! 1.5.1 [Seenu] we are entering the planning phase for the next minor release of Joomla!: version 1.6. With the release, we have two goals: better planning and more involvement with the community.

We will be determining the goals of the release with a planning process that means that we will determine what we are going to implement before we actually start developing. The focus on community involvement will mean that everyone can give input on the features that might get into the next minor release of Joomla!

So what is the plan?

We are starting our work on Joomla! 1.6 by formally setting the goals for the release. To work out what those goals are going to be we are going to consult with the community.

Google Highly Open Participation Contest Logo

The Google Highly Open Participation Contest for pre-university students (high school and secondary school students) aimed at encouraging young people to participate in open source projects. Joomla! is proud to have been invited to join with nine other open source organisations for this pilot program. Tomasz DobrzyDski was unanimously selected as Joomla!'s 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Google Highly Open Participation Contest. Tomasz completed seven tasks during the competition.

  1. Translate part of the Installation Manual to a non-English Language - forum thread
  2. Create a Blog Entry Date Calendar Icon Plugin for Joomla! v 1.5 - forum thread
  3. Create a Joomla! v 1.5 Plugin to update Twitter status with article title when published - forum thread
  4. Carry out GHOP unit test on the Joomla1 1.5 Test Package for the Front Page Manager - forum thread
  5. Carry out GHOP unit test on the Joomla1 1.5 Test Package: Template Manager - forum thread
  6. Carry out GHOP unit test on the Joomla1 1.5 Test Package: Menu Manager - forum thread
  7. Implement Avatar/Gravatars for Joomla! v 1.5 - forum thread

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