A Wild Ride .. the Joomlamobile

Some blips in the provision of services on our Forge has provided the Joomla! team with the opportunity to audit the way the developer experience works. Joomla! has grown so quickly that the services of our forge have fallen victim to that exponential growth.

To remedy the situation, we're announcing the coming of a brand spanking new Forge. Bigger, faster and optioned up with a fancy new paint job. While we can't reveal all of the detail or what's coming in the next week, the Core Team feels the solution will further excite the creative development around our framework and set yet another Open Source benchmark.

Google has confirmed it will sponsor the Google Summer of Code 2007, and Joomla! will again be participating in this great event. Last year we had six sponsored projects, guided by twelve mentors and six students working on research for the future Joomla! 2.0. This year we will try to be even more productive and more successful than we were in 2006.

For Joomla!, the Summer of Code brings several benefits. It helps bring fresh ideas and talents together in a co-ordinated way and has provided the project with four new development workgroup members who are now active in creating Joomla! 1.5.  We expect one of these students to be a mentor within the 2007 Summer of Code Campaign.

Joomla! shirt

Joomla! today announces the launch of its official merchandise shop. To kick things off we've got T-shirts in abundance, supplied by PrintMojo.com and our Amazon bookshop.


Joomla! shop co-ordinator Levis Bisson said he hoped the shop would provide Joomla! fans with a strong visual statement to demonstrate their support. "All profits from the shop will go back to the project to further its not-for-profit aims and ambitions," he said. "We've always welcomed donations from Joomla! users ... now there is a way to donate to the project and receive a cool J! T-shirt."

The creation of the shop has been a joint effort, with contributions from Johan Janssens, Levis, Andy Miller, Marko Schmuck, Brad Baker and Michelle Bisson.


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