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.
Today Drupal announced the release of the long awaited Drupal 5.0, appropriately and symbolically released on Drupal's sixth birthday. We would like to offer our congratulations to the guys and gals making Drupal what it is and to let them know that we are enjoying the celebration as well.
We have met many of the Drupal contributors at various events and consider them friends with common goals. Our two projects are often compared, and there is nothing wrong with comparison... but make no mistake of it, we are all on the same side working to enable people... because we both believe that open source matters.So from one open source project to another: Congratulations!!
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!
Even more pleasing to Joomla! is the fact that when it mattered most, when the spirit of open source was being tested; a group of people rallied around a small team with an idea; an idea to ensure the code remained free.
You may have heard the expression that "Ideas are bulletproof" but the Joomla! project would not have survived without the support of the core team, our working groups, forum users and our sponsors and friends. The list is very long. Joomla! has many friends.
Time to mention a few:
Rochen for providing such brilliant hosting and amazing support
Software Freedom Law Center for specialist legal advice
VA Software for providing our forge, possibly the biggest open source forge of its type
Towells Solicitors for generous support on legal matters and training
Google for its significant contribution to grassroots open source advocacy and, of course, the Summer of Code
So yes, the ethos survived and thrived yet the bulletproofing was in no small part due to the generosity of everyone, no matter how small their contribution. This time last year, we were celebrating freedom of choice and this year, it is fair to say we are all together.
Happy New Year to all. Happy New Year Joomla!