Written by Paul Orwig
Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
The final part of the 2012 goal setting/budget planning process suggests that each leadership team publish quarterly updates on progress for each of their major goals. Following through on this part of the process is important-it promotes increased openness and transparency, it strengthens accountability and trust between the project's leadership and the community, and it recognizes the volunteer contributors who are the most important resource for our project's continued growth and success.
This post gives a summary of progress that was made during the fourth quarter for Open Source Matters' (OSM) four major 2012 goals, along with the names of key contributors for each of the items. Sincerest thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the progress that was made on these goals during the fourth quarter!
Here are blogs summarizing OSM quarterly goal updates from earlier this year:
OSM will publish updates for our 2013 goals. Look for another blog with our First Quarter 2013 updates to hopefully be published by early May 2013.
Simplify Trademark rules and team processes
- The board commissioned, and received a Trademark policy review proposal that has as it’s aims:
- To allow proper community use, while preventing abuse or fraudulent use.
- Keep control of the mark, and retain discretion to end or stop offending use.
- Shorten the time-frame for trademark decision-making.
- Increase uniformity of access to the trademark, while reducing resources devoted to trademarks, both for OSM and the community.
- At the board summit meeting, before the Joomla! World Conference in San Jose, the board discussed the proposal.
Reduce communication channels and improve public facing communications processes
Research and implement plan to increase sponsorship income by $20,000 from 2011
- Reached agreements with two Global Platinum Sponsors (Mike Carson, Paul Orwig)
- Capital Committee team development was initiated and 4 members were added with plans to add additional persons in the 1st quarter of 2013.
- Planning stages of a new sponsors and partners website was initiated for a development and release date of the end of the first quarter of 2013.
Launch first Joomla! World Conference and improve support for Joomla! Days
- Joomla World Conference took place November 16-18 (JWC team)
Work on other OSM led initiatives
While the primary focus for this blog is on progress made during the fourth quarter on OSM's four major 2012 goals, work has also been underway on a number of other important OSM led initiatives. Here is a list of some of these other initiatives, along with the OSM board members who worked on them during the first quarter:
- Moving forward on plans for Joomla certification program (Leonel Canton, Ofer Cohen, Sarah Watz)
- Expand focus of new OSM Project Manager role (Ofer Cohen)
- Work on transition of Joomla shop to OSM Capital team (Dianne Henning).
- Improve multi-language support for Joomla software and OSM website (Marijke Stuivenberg, Jacques Rentzke, Radek Suski).
- Improve support for different aspects of internationalization (Marijke Stuivenberg, Javier Gomez, Paulo Griiettner).
- Coordinate improvements to the free demo program (Marijke Stuivenberg).
Please join the OSM Fourth Quarter 2012 Goal Updates discussion and share your questions and comments.
Written by Matthew Baylor
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 20:03
As planned back in April 2012, the JED will begin the transition of dropping support for Joomla 1.5 only extensions.
The 1.5 timeline
- April 1, 2012: we no longer accepted 1.5 only submissions.
- February 15, 2013: the 1.5 compatibility icon will be disabled for new submissions.
- March 1, 2013: We will begin unpublishing listings that are marked as Joomla 1.5 only and remove the 1.5 icons. After a 1.5 only listing is unpublished developers will have 14 days to update the unpublished listing with a 2.5 and/or 3.0 version. Once updated a support ticket will need to be opened to get the listing republished.
- March 15, 2013: all non-compatible listings will be purged from the system. Once a listing is purged, to get the extension listed again, it will need to be submitted as new.
Some current numbers
- 4,425 listings are marked as Joomla 1.5 only
- 6,518 listings are marked as Joomla 2.5 compatible
- 1,994 listings are marked as Joomla 3.0 compatible
Where can I find 1.5 extensions after March?
There have been some requests of creating a repository for 1.5 listings. With our current workload and projects on the horizon we do not have the manpower to create a repository at this time.
We will pull an archive of the site prior to removing any 1.5 listings and make it available for anyone who would like to put a repository together.
Once our 3.0 migration project is complete we will revisit the possibility of creating a 1.5 listing repository.
A repository/acrhive has been created and is available at http://archive.extensions.joomla.org
You can comment on this blog post here.
Written by Mike Carson
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:15
The Capital Committee Team of Open Source Matters is looking for additional candidates to join our existing team. We are looking to expand our current team to meet the increased goals and ambitions of Open Source Matters to financially support the Joomla! Project, Joomla! Events, and other Joomla community initiatives.
What is the Capital Committee?
What does the Capital Committee do?
The OSM Capital Committee Team is responsible for all sponsorship and fundraising activities for the Joomla! Project. The OSM Capital Committee Team builds strategies for encouraging growth in sponsorships, builds targets for each year’s sponsorship revenues, and provides regular reports to the Open Source Matters Board on the activities of the Capital Committee.
Responsibilities and Tasks include:
- Management and Review of the Project’s Sponsorship Opportunities.
- Creation and Completion of Sponsorship Contracts.
- Recruitment and communications with new and potential sponsors.
- Maintenance of existing sponsors.
- Maintenance of a new sponsors website and tools.
Written by Nick Savov
Friday, 11 January 2013 00:15
The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members: Andrew Eddie, Javier Gomez and Tom Hutchison.
The PLT is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla! CMS and the Joomla! Platform. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features and creating documentation.
In December 2012, the PLT announced that they were seeking nominations from the community for several new members to join the team. Many excellent candidates were nominated and the PLT would like to thank all those who participated in the nomination process. Our new members will strengthen the team in such areas as software architecture, internationalisation and documentation.
Andrew Eddie hardly needs any introduction as he was one of the co-founders of Joomla! and has held almost all positions it has been possible to hold in the project at one time or another, including the PLT. He has also been one of the primary software engineers for the Joomla! project since its inception and has contributed in a wide range of areas within the project. He currently serves as one of the Platform Maintainers of Joomla!, which ensure quality control, maintenance and security of the Joomla! Platform.
Andrew brings his huge wealth of experience to the PLT, particularly in the area of software architecture and design. Andrew is Principal Software Engineer at eBay and is based in Australia.
Javier Gomez lives in Barcelona (Spain) and works as IT consultant and freelance programmer. He became active in the community in 2007 by organizing the first national Joomla! meeting in Barcelona and has participated in many other Joomla! events (Ecuador, Chile, Cuba, United States, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, The Netherlands, Germany). He is passionate about the Joomla! community!
In 2010 Javier became a board member of Open Source Matters (OSM), the not-for-profit international organization that provides legal, financial and organizational support to the Joomla! project. He has been focused on improving the internationalization of Joomla!. He participated, as a student, in the Google Summer of Code Program 2012 and contributed the Language Installer tool
to the CMS. Javier joins the Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) in 2013, with the purpose of working towards a better CMS and a better Platform and strengthening the leadership team and the PLT processes.
Tom Hutchison started using Joomla! in early 2009 building a website for his hobby, genetic genealogy. From the start, he loved the fact Joomla! is easy to maintain by multiple administrators with various skill levels and easily extensible. One website led to another, then a few more, followed by a few for others in the hobby. In the summer of 2012, after looking for development information on the Joomla! Docs Wiki, he volunteered to help improve the Docs Wiki as the first “go to” resource for Joomla! users of all levels.
Even though Tom studied Information Technology in college, he’s been his own boss since 1996 designing and building custom furniture and built-in cabinets for clients. He never really stopped working with computers. In his spare time he is the webmaster of 5 Joomla! websites, 2 Mediawiki websites, developing another Joomla! website, and yet another website using Semantic-Mediawiki.
With the addition of Andrew Eddie, Javier Gomez and Tom Hutchison, this brings the total PLT members to nine:
- Andrea Tarr
- Andrew Eddie
- Chris Davenport
- Javier Gomez
- Mark Dexter
- Michael Babker
- Nick Savov
- Ron Severdia
- Tom Hutchison
Written by Peter Martin
Friday, 28 December 2012 16:49
The Joomla! Community Leadership Team (CLT) is currently looking for new active members from the Joomla community to strengthen our team. If you know a fellow Joomla community member who is active in the Joomla.org or in a local Joomla community, and who would be available & suitable for the position, please nominate them. You can also nominate yourself. Please keep in mind that this is *not* a voting contest: asking all your acquaintances to nominate or vote for you, certainly doesn't give you any bonus points :-)
What is the CLT?
The Community Leadership Team (CLT) is the leadership arm of the project responsible for the Community Workgroup (CWG). The Community Workgroup (CWG) consists of certain sites/areas where hundreds of volunteers help out:
- Joomla Community Magazine (JCM), magazine.joomla.org
- Joomla Community Portal (Community site), community.joomla.org
- Joomla Extension Directory (JED), extensions.joomla.org
- Joomla Forum (Forum), forum.joomla.org
- Joomla Resources Directory (JRD), resources.joomla.org
- Joomla Template (JTD), templates.joomla.org (under construction)
- Joomla User Groups (JUG), community.joomla.org/user-groups.html
- The Joomla Project main site www.joomla.org