How time flies ... Joomla! is one year old today. With more than 2.5 million downloads, over 50 thousand members and fast approaching half a million posts — Joomla! has much to celebrate. The one most telling factor in all this is the monthly data transfer is currently hovering at around 1.8 terrabytes. To put this into perspective, we reported data usage of one terrabyte in May. Astounding growth.
The core team wants to take this opportunity to thank the many who have supported the project with their skills, support and donations.
"There is no doubt the project, born from difficult times with the Mambo split, has both matured and grown," said 'interim' project lead Johan Janssens. "The milestones we have created this year include a more robust set of systems; hosting supported by Rochen, the Simple Machines Forums, Developer support through VA Software and, of course the amazingly successful Extension site."
Johan said the momentum created by the team, developers and the community since Sept 01, 2005, had ensured Joomla! a bright and prosperous future. "We saw baby Joomla! born exactly 12-months ago and how 'he' has matured in what seems a blink. During this time of evolution, we have been working hard on the next generation Joomla! — to be called version 1.5 — which will be more powerful than anything before."
Joomla! core team member Andrew Eddie has resigned from the project. Andrew, who has been project leader and a long-time contributor, recently announced his intentions to the team.
Project lead developer Johan Janssens said he wanted to recognise Andrew for his leadership, mentoring and commitment to the project during its Mambo and Joomla! days.
Andrew Eddie, who had been working as Joomla! project director, came to the project in its Mambo state in 2003 and replaced its lead developer Robert Castley in October 2004. Andrew, who lives in a regional town in Queensland, Australia, was the driving force behind the award-winning 4.5.0+ releases.
"There is no doubt that Andrew has steered this open source project through periods of amazing growth and success — and we are better for his contributions", Johan said. "The good news I can give is that Andrew has agreed to continue to contribute to the project within a working group. We are very pleased he will still be around the project but in a less demanding and more creative role."
With the announcement of Andrew's resignation the core team has been taking the opportunity to make some organisational changes. The core team has entrusted Johan, Shayne Bartlett and David Gal to be responsible for delivering this process.
"We will be making some more announcements about the way forward for Joomla!", Johan said. "Given the forthcoming release of Joomla! 1.5 beta, there is much to do."
We are pleased to formally introduce Louis Landry, David Gal, Mateusz (Mat) Krzeszowiec, Richard (Ric) Allinson and Sam Moffatt to the Core Development Team. The work they have contributed to Joomla!™ over the past few months has created some amazing momentum within the project.
The project lead developer, Johan Janssens, said "fresh ideas and integration of new technologies into the core has created a great deal of opportunity and stability for the future of Joomla!."
"I'd like to personally congratulate all of the guys for their hard work," Johan said. "Their contribution, encouragement and spirit of teamwork has taken us to heights with the upcoming Joomla! 1.1 that could not have happened so quickly without their combined intellectual muscle."