September will be a busy month for Joomla!. We will be attending the O'Reilly EuroOSCON open source convention in Brussels.  Our German community has also informed us about their first Joomla! Day, this will be the third Joomla!Day organised this year following the NL and UK, and the Italian community is organising their first meetup.

OSCON

O'Reilly EuroOSCON Convention, September 18-21, 2006

The Joomla! project will showcase the upcoming 1.5 beta at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention at the Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels, Belgium on September 20th, 2006. This convention is one of the largest Open Source conventions in Europe and expects over 800+ attendees from around the world.

Joomla! 1.0.11

Joomla! 1.0.11 [ Sunbow ] is now available as of Monday 28th August 2006 24:00 UTC for download here and is being designated a critical security release.

All existing Joomla! users must upgrade to this version, due to several High Level vulnerabilities that affect all previous versions of Joomla!

We have always been fully committed to a security first principle and new initiatives have and will continue to be started to reinforce and continue this principle. Joomla! 1.0.11 highlights a redoubled effort to put security at the forefront of everyones lexicon.

Like any and all software, security is a continually evolving and constant battle between application developers and hackers. The increased security threats discovered in the Joomla!Universe indicate nothing more than an increasing usage of Joomla! throughout the world and thus an increasing interest from hackers.

It does however serve to remind everyone, both application developers and application users that security is an eternal vigil and one cannot rest.

The Joomla! guys at the San Fransisco Expo
The Joomla! guys at the San Fransisco Expo

We wanted everyone to see the buzz at the San Francisco LinuxWorld, so we set up a webcam for everyone to check things out.

Johan Janssens and Louis Landry are attending the Joomla! stand at the show. They guys have been inundated with visitors who want to know more about Joomla!

View from the Moscone Center
View from the Moscone Center

Joomla!, the world's most popular Open Source CMS, will be participating at its first San Francisco LinuxWorld next week.  For those of you who can remember, we were there last year and won a couple of awards, but did so under a different name.

Together with the award-winning 1.0 series, we will be previewing the upcoming Joomla! 1.5 Beta, which is evidence of the maturity the project has attained in a short time.  Lead developer Johan Janssens, who will be attending, said the forthcoming release marks a significant milestone.

"Our baby Joomla! was born nearly 12-months ago, cut his teeth with our first release and now the toddler is gaining confidence," he quipped.  "You may laugh at the metaphor but the amount of work put into Joomla! by our teams has seen us endure great difficulties and reap the rewards of a paradigm shift in thinking," he said.

A confused Johan watches cricket!
A confused Johan watches cricket!

Joomla! Lead Developer Johan Janssens has been in a coding pressure-cooker for almost a year now. With a free day on offer before Sunday's UK Joomla! Day, we took him away from all the code to enjoy the Yorkshire countryside, some pub grub ... and the gentle game of cricket.

Yorkshire is synonymous with cricket — think Geoffrey Boycott; earnest, stoic, stubborn and occasionally downright cantankerous. In fact, Johan spent his first nightat an old coal mining village, near where Mr Boycott was born.

We hooked up with Chris Adams, of Rochen, in Leeds, and travelled due west by train to World Heritage Site, Saltaire.After some good food at a real Yorkshire pub, we ventured down to Saltaire's cricket ground. In keeping with our olde-worlde theme, we used the oldest means of transport available to reach the cricket pitch, the Shipley Glen Tramway.

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