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! won Best Linux / Open Source Project at UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006, in London tonight.
This is the second year running, the Joomla! team has won the prestigious award. Louis Landry, Johan Janssens and Peter Russell accepted the award from LinuxUser and Developer magazine publisher Maggie Meer.
Johan described the win for Joomla! as "one for the community". "The buzz around the Joomla! project is driven by our huge user base and this translates into what is fast becoming the most popular open source framework going," Johan said.
Chris Adams, of Rochen, who is a major sponsor of the Joomla! project was nominated as Best Linux Open Source ISP / Internet Host. Unfortunately, Rochen missed out this year but it was great to have Rochen with us to celebrate. "Chris and the Rochen guys are part of the Joomla! family ... this is as much Rochen's award as it is the developers and the communities."
The Joomla! open source content management project unveiled its speakers and panelists for the SYSTEMS 2006 conference in Munich Germany on October 23rd – 27th at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich/Riem.
SYSTEMS is the leading Business-to-Business Trade Fair for IT, Media and Communications and is held in Munich, Europe's largest high-tech and media location. This year, the conference expects over 1000 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors.
On May 23rd, 2006, the Joomla! team joined the Google Summer of Code program which enables student developers to create new open source applications or to assist already established open source projects. Project management was done by Wilco Jansen and Louis Landry with background support of Johan Janssens. Beside them, a team of mentors selected six projects and six students to participate in the development of specific functionality which will be important for future releases of Joomla!. Development was performed using the pre-released version of Joomla! 1.5. For their effort, the students earned $4,500 USD and participated in the development of new functionality for future releases of Joomla!
The selected projects were centered around Web services, integration, security, database abstraction and Web accessibility. This effort exploited some of the exciting new capabilities which are coming in Joomla! 1.5 due later in 2006.
Joomla! has been recognised by professionals and users alike by making the last phase of Packt's Open Source CMS Award Finals. We know we're the most popular Open Source CMS based on user numbers but now it's time for all Joomla! fans to demonstrate their support. You can read on or VOTE NOW!!!
Joomla! is competing against co-nominees e107, Drupal, Plone and Xoops, for the award. Packt Publishing announced the final phase of this competition earlier this month and has today opened up a page on its website where you can show your support (you've already clicked the VOTE NOW!!! link haven't you?). Besides, by making the effort, you might just win yourself a cool iPod Nano!
Packt, through its suite of tutorial publications, provides a great deal of support to the Open Source Community. And, through this inaugural award, will present the winning CMS with US $5,000. Second place will get US $3,000 and the third placed finalist will get US $2,000.
So remember: By voting for Joomla! you will not only help raise its profile and provide the chance for us to win some prize money, you get the chance to win an Apple iPod.
But there's more ... while we've got you in a voting frame of mind, you should also vote for the UK Linux User Awards (UK Linux & Open Source Awards 2006).
Thanks in advance for taking some time to demonstrate Joomla! does stick out from the bunch.