Joomla! New Year

On the eve of New Year, imagine that Joomla! was a person. 

If Joomla! was a person, its oxygen would be the myriad of active fingers on keyboards logging into the Joomla! website, the forums, extensions and developer zone, attending Joomla! Days and checking out hosts of community and fan sites.

Yes, yes, Joomla! has won awards. Many.  But the accolades are not oxygen. 

Joomla! feels great joy because the past 12 months has seen a mature ecosystem evolve; where people from all walks of life, all races and religions are equal.  Equal to share, equal to learn, and equal to participate in an online community.  And with those skills, everybody is able to craft a website, start a business, perhaps even ensure financial freedom for their family!

Joomla! 1.0.12

Joomla! 1.0.12 [ Sunfire ] is available as of Monday the 25th of December 2006 1:00 UTC for download here.

We suggest that all Joomla! users upgrade to this version.

Joomla! 1.0.12 features:

  • 140+ General Bug Fixes
  • Several low level security fixes
  • A full security audit of SQL queries
  • SSL switchover support

Although this release contains several security fixes, as they are of a low level nature, this release is still being characterized as a Stability Release.  If you are running a version of Joomla! older than 1.0.11, you should upgrade immediately to at least Joomla! 1.0.11 as that release addressed several important security issues.  If you are using Joomla! 1.0.11, we recommend that you upgrade to 1.0.12 as it addresses several long standing bugs and several low level security issues.

We are also pleased to announce the creation of a new Security Announcements Forum.  As the name suggests, this forum will be used for security announcements for the Joomla! core and third party extensions.  We strongly encourage that all Joomla! users register on forum.joomla.org and subscribe to this forum to ensure that they receive notification of important security issues as soon as possible.  We also encourage you to do same for all third-party extensions you use, where available.

Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport

Joomla!'s newest appointed core team member, Chris Davenport, believes open source software brings collective benefit to people from all walks of life.  In fact, it was a hard-nosed business decision which drew him to open source and the project, having seen he got more "bang for his buck" compared to proprietary software.

Chris, who lives in a village called Battlefield, near Shrewsbury, in the UK, has years of experience in IT and management.  He is presently a non-executive director of a small manufacturing business but has always kept a handle on IT.  His appointment to the core team will involve coordinating and creating developer documentation.

"Over time I found that open source is generally more flexible and better supported," he said.  "If you can speak the same language as the developers, then they are very amenable to fixing bugs and making improvements.  The same approach with proprietary companies falls on deaf ears; there's not the same ownership and pride that you get with open source."

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