Dutch Treat for Joomla!

Two Dutch mainstream information technology magazines have delivered Christmas/New Year treats for current and future Joomla!™ users.

CHIP magazine's article focuses on Windows environment information technology and emerging trends, and features Joomla!™ in it's latest edition, as does PC Active magazine.

The CHIP article takes readers through a step-by-step tutorial about how to set up a website locally on their PC, using Joomla!™. The solution they've recommended is WAMP (from Wampserver), delivering a solid local server environment for the user to try Joomla!™ on their PC without needing a dedicated web host.

The PC Active article backgrounds the developers and community splitting from Mambo, and notes that the Joomla!™ forums are vibrant and active and our teams are working hard to make the whole CMS/Framework more easy to use by Third Party Developers (3PDs).

Joomla! Santa
Joomla! Santa!

With 2005 on the turn to 2006, festivities, celebrations and holidays in full swing, the Joomla! team sends Season's Greetings to all community members.

From what has been an eventful year, 2006 promises to see Joomla! become the default Open Source CMS/Framework of choice. The development team wants everyone to know we're focused on creating something special that becomes the most popular web publishing tool around.

The list of supporters of the Joomla! project is way too long to mention everybody. But let's mention a few stars ... 16,000 plus subscribers to our forums. The contribution in the forums is what makes the heart and soul of any Open Source project tick. Thanks guys for being there and providing such brilliant support, guidance and mentoring for others.

Sharing is what you've been doing — sharing makes Joomla! stronger.

We must not forget the third party developers who've supported us through thick and thin. The faith you guys have shown in the project has been and will be rewarded in spades. We have a few great new ideas to help you further your 3PD projects, so please stay tuned in the new year.

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The Joomla! project will be presented at the LinuxWorld 2005 in Frankfurt / Germany from Nov 15 -17.

We have a booth at the .org-Village and many folks from the german community will be there joining Alex from the Core Dev Team.

For further details please see http://www.joomlablog.de/ or the forum.

the new paradigm of IT buying

Hot on the heels of Joomla! winning two prestigious awards in London, the project has featured in the LinuxWorld's technology viewpoint.

The article, written by the Editor in Chief (US Edition) Mark Hinkle, forecasts a "the new paradigm of IT buying" where "where you buy services rather than licenses". And Joomla! is high on Mark's list of candidates to meet future needs of IT users and administrators.

Mark argues that proprietary software can put business in harms way "by locking business into a long-use cycle and potentially has you following decisions mandated by your vendor rather than your business".

He suggests Joomla! as a tested and worthy content management system well placed for small to medium business. You can read the web version of the article here or buy it from US newstands now.

It's great to see Joomla! mentioned as a technology solution that doesn't hold you captive. 

Andrew Eddie, Alex Kempkens and Brian Teeman

Joomla! has been awarded two prestigious awards at the Linux & Open Source Awards in London.

The Joomla! project won "Best Linux / Open Source Project" for 2005.

Joomla! project lead Andrew Eddie said the award demonstrates the level of faith and support the Open Source community has in Joomla!.

"The past two months have been astounding," Mr Eddie said. "To win this award on the back of our first releases means a lot to the team which has worked so hard for the community."

The second award which Joomla! figures in was won by core member Brian Teeman. Brian won "UK Individual Contribution to Open / Source" for 2005.

Mr Teeman said he was honoured to win the award and said it recognised "you don't have to be a coder to contribute to the world of Open Source".

More news from London soon...

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