The Joomla Extensions Directory reached a milestone today, topping the 5000 listings mark.  That means more than 5000 extensions are available to the community as open source and GPL.  A few years ago, members of the community had questioned the ability of the JED to thrive while only allowing GPL extensions to be listed.

I am proud to report that the JED continues to thrive, as well as the commercial extension developers who have embraced the GPL business models that are keeping the Joomla community rich with choices.

Recently, some of our longest holdouts of alternate licenses have rounded out the offerings by switching to the GPL license and returning to the JED.  We're happy to be able to once again support these extensions and their developers.

In fact, the extension that broke the 5000 listing mark was an add-on for a previously non-GPL product.  Without that change, this listing would not have been possible.  Congratulations to Styleware for that listing!

As Joomla transitions into version 1.6 and beyond, we are on a very firm footing of resources for our community.  With those resources are 150,000 JED users and the reviews and votes that go with them.  It's a huge project, a huge resource and it's thanks to each and every member of the Joomla community.

We in the extensions directory want to thank every developer whose listings make up that 5004, because without you we couldn't be here today.