UK LinuxWorld Conference

Joomla! will be exhibiting at its second UK LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.  Last year, the London-based event, saw Joomla! win recognition and awards (if you haven't voted yet, you know what to do).

The conference and expo provides a must see open source event for decision-makers and technical professionals.  The event delivers key information and resources all under the roof of Olympia, London, 25-26 October.

This will be the first LinuxWorld where Joomla's "next-generation" 1.5 framework will be officially on exhibit as a Beta release.  By coming to the show you will have the chance to meet key developers of the project, Johan Janssens and Louis Landry, and community members Mitchell Annabele and Waseem Sadiq.

You will be able to not only see Joomla! 1.5 Beta being pushed to the limit; you may well tap into a wealth of knowlege from the Joomla! pros attending.  Visit the guys at the Joomla!, Open Source Matters stand number OV4.


Meet Wilco Jansen - The new development workgroup coordinator
Wilco surrounded by Laurens VandePut and Hannes Pappenberg

Wilco Jansen has joined the Joomla! Core Team. He has accepted a coordination role of the newly-formed Development Working Group. The group is made up of core team developers and community members. Wilco, 39, of The Netherlands, worked as the Joomla! Summer of Code program manager where he mentored a range of projects.

Wilco works as an IT manager for a health care insurance company and lives in Wijhe — and brings a wealth of experience including management, strategy and structure skills. Wilco said the new workgroup will initially aim at pushing out the Joomla! 1.5 Beta release and then move on to deliver a more cohesive workgroup strategy to further secure Joomla's future. If you're reading between the lines, this approach frees up key code contributors to concentrate more on code.

Joomla!Day Germany 2006

Joomla! lead developer Johan Janssens announced the official Joomla! 1.5 Beta release date at the German Joomla! Day, in Bonn, today.

The announcement marks the most significant milestone in Joomla's short history. "We've decided to release on the 12th of October — exactly one year since we wrote our first line of Joomla! code," Johan said. "The coding effort by the 1.5 dev team has been amazing," he added. "We have built this release from the ground up ... this represents 127,000 lines of code and had this been a commercial venture, about 32 man years of effort equivalent to $1.7 million in wages." These figures put the value of the core team's work into sharp perspective.

The enthusiastic German Joomla! Day attendees listened intently as Johan made his best attempt at a Steve Jobs-style "one more thing" in announcing the release date while previewing the Beta to them.

We caught up with one of the core developers, Louis Landry, who wished everyone well via his mobile phone (Louis had been enjoying a well-deserved day at the beach). "I hope everyone has as much fun in Bonn as we did in San Francisco (LinuxWorld) and find as many friends as we found," Louis said. "Joomla! 1.5 means freedom of choice ... you choose how it operates, you choose how it integrates ... you choose what the output is, you choose how users are authenticated," he said. "It's a simplified but more powerful system. As a developer, it gives me the freedom and flexibility to build anything I want."

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