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Shortly after being selected to serve as Treasurer of Open Source Matters, I presented my vision for managing the financial interests of the Joomla project. This short presentation (PDF) was delivered at the 2013 Leadership Summit in November in Boston.

The main point of the presentation was to solicit feedback from all the leadership teams regarding things that were working well when it came to the project’s accounting practices, and of course things that needed improvement. The main takeaways from this part of the summit were as follows:

  • The financial health of the project remains strong
  • Financial reporting per leadership team is not currently possible
  • The Chart of Accounts is not intuitive
  • Financial status reports need simplification

Finding solutions

To address these issues, it became clear that a complete restructure of the project’s Chart of Accounts was required. Critically, the new Chart of Accounts would need to be implemented at the same time as the 2014 budget.

This was further complicated by the timing of the Christmas holidays and the busy season that often follows.  

Coincidentally, a colleague who has experience in such things recommended the Unified Chart of Accounts (UCOA) for nonprofit organizations.

After some research and conversations with our accountants, I decided this was a good choice for the Joomla project.

However, this did not solve our issues with reporting on a per-team basis.

The Joomla project uses Quickbooks as our accounting software.  In addition to supporting a Chart of Accounts to organize transactions into the common financial categories (i.e. income, expenses, payables, receivables, etc…), Quickbooks “Classes” can be used to organize transactions into any categories you want. Importantly, we have full control over what those categories are.

To solve the reporting problem, I decided to use Leadership Teams as classes: CLT, PLT, OSM and INF (for Infrastructure, or expenses shared among the teams), as well as some other common classes like Events.

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The JED Team will be closing down the Joomla 1.5 Extensions Archive on March 1, 2014.

The archive was created in February of 2013, following community feedback, to allow users an additional year to find Joomla 1.5 extensions. It also has aided developers to transition their extensions and in some cases fork abandoned extensions to 2.5 and 3.x.

 

The JED's 1.5 Timeline

  • April 1, 2012: we stopped accepting Joomla 1.5 extension submissions.
  • February 15, 2013: the Joomla 1.5 compatibility icon was disabled for new submissions.
  • February 15, 2013: the Joomla 1.5 Extension Archive site was deployed on https://archive.extensions.joomla.org.
  • March 1, 2013: We removed listings that were marked as Joomla 1.5 only and removed the 1.5 icons. 
  • March 15, 2013: all non-compatible listings were purged from the system.
  • March 1, 2014: the Joomla 1.5 Extension Archive site will be closed.

 

A copy of the site will be packed and put into storage. At this time, we have no intentions of distributing or sharing any portions of the archive outside of the Joomla Project.

 

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Open Source Matters (OSM) is entrusted with providing organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! project. You can find out more about the organization at https://www.opensourcematters.org.

Given those responsibilities, and upcoming term expirations for multiple directors and officers of the board of OSM, a call for nominations for directors of the board is being made at this time.

Shortly following the election of these new directors, the annual OSM members meeting will take place. This annual meeting provides an additional opportunity for nominees to be elected to the OSM board.

Following the annual meeting, an election of officers of the board will take place. All newly elected directors are eligible to be nominated for an officer role.

If you or someone you know is qualified and motivated to serve on the board, please fill out the nomination form and tell us more about your interest, skills, and experience.

Useful areas of experience and expertise for nominees include:

  • Accounting, bookkeeping or financial
  • Legal or trademark
  • Organizational or managerial skills
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Fund-raising
  • PR and Marketing
  • Education or certification development work
  • Events planning and support

We are looking to recruit the very best and the brightest members in the Joomla! community.

Some of the criteria that will be used when evaluating nominations include:

Community: the nominee should have a strong track-record of successfully collaborating with, enabling others and earning the respect of the Joomla! community.

Character: the nominee should have a history of acting honestly, fairly and openly in previous and current roles held, have demonstrated a general conduct of a professional and considerate nature on Joomla.org as well as other sites and media channels, and be willing to read and agree to abide by the Joomla Code of Conduct.

Experience and Expertise: if the nominee is being proposed for a specific role, they should have strong experience and expertise in that area.

Availability: OSM responsibilities include attending monthly online board meetings, other meetings as needed, and regular participation in email discussions. Some board roles (team leaders, officer positions, etc.) require additional time. The nominee should have a reasonable and consistent amount of time to focus on their tasks and participate in other responsibilities.

Diversity: to work towards gender balance and geographical diversity, we are committed to seeking nominations from talented members of the Joomla! community who are female and / or represent diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, as well as fluent speakers of languages other than English (at this time internal Joomla and OSM communications are in English only). OSM does not discriminate against qualified applicants on the basis of their race,religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or age.

The nomination period will close in two weeks, on Friday, February 21.

Access the nomination form.

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Last November we asked the community to nominate candidates for the Community Leadership Team. From the 32 nominated community members we selected a few people for interviews and asked four of them to join the CLT. We would like to thank all of the candidates for their time & responses, as well as the Joomla Community for the many excellent suggestions.

Here are our four new CLT members and their backgrounds:

Alice Grevet
After completing a professional certificate in website design at the American University of Paris in 2001, Alice became a Mambo user, followed soon thereafter by Joomla! In 2005 she became a free-lance website developer, specializing in Joomla! website solutions for Paris-based non-profits. She served a seven year term as Webmanager for FAWCO, the largest federation of American clubs overseas, earning the Circle of Honor award. She is Operations Manager for the Online Publishers Association Europe, a non-profit organization whose mission is the viability of digital media for producers of quality news content. Alice is Co-Lead Editor on the Joomla! Community Magazine with Dianne Henning.
Alice is currently on the Board of Open Source Matters. She will join CLT as soon as her OSM term ends.

David Jardin
Born and living in Cologne, Germany, David got in touch with web development during school in 2002. After a few years working with plain HTML sites, he started to develop his own CMS in 2004 and switched to Mambo shortly after. He quickly became an active member of the German community and met them in person for the first time during JoomlaDay Germany 2006. After school, he started his business as a freelance webdeveloper and quickly got more involved in the community by giving support in the forums, co-organizing the German JoomlaDay and the J&Beyond conference, starting a Joomla Usergroup in his home town, developing own extensions and joining the board of the German Joomla association "J&Beyond e.V.". In 2012, he joined the Bug Squad and started contributing to the CMS code. In late 2012, he co-founded the CMS-Garden project, which is cooperation of 12 opensource CMS. In the CMS-Garden, volunteers from all participating systems combine their forces to improve their marketing and reach new potential users. Besides that he's interested in open source sofware, linux, pasta and archery.

Dianne Henning
Dianne lived in Paris, France for 20 years where she received a professional certificate in Web Design and Site Management from the American University in Paris in 2001-02. She has been using Joomla! since 2005 but became more actively involved as a volunteer in the Joomla community in 2010. In October 2013 she completed three years of service on the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. Dianne is currently the co-lead editor of the Joomla Community Magazine, serves on the Joomla Events Team, and the 2103 and 2014 Joomla World Conference team. She also organizes the annual JoomlaDay Boston event held in March for local Joomla users. In her spare time, Dianne enjoys photography, knitting, ceramics, cooking and networking.

Peter Bui
Peter has been working in the Joomla space since the Mambo days and then moving on to Joomla as the communities spilt. He started learning Joomla by reverse engineering templates and working out what made them tick. He now co-leads a web design and development agency based in Sydney, Australia with his girlfriend and partner providing solutions for clients using the Joomla CMS. While he isn't working in the studio, he podcasts and videocasts all about Joomla on his weekly show the Joomla Beat where he connects with members of the community from around the world to share their Joomla stories no matter how big or small they are. Some would say it has become more of an obsession than just a hobby. When he isn't working he is enjoying life with his girlfriend, sipping away on sake on the water of the beautiful harbour city or bending over backwards on the floor of a hot yoga room.

Welcome to Alice, David, Dianne, and Peter! We are glad to have you both on board our team and we look forward to working with you. Thank you for taking on this added responsibility on top of everything that you already do for our community. If you would like to say your own welcome or note of congratulations, or have any other comments or questions, please use this topic on the forum

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Starting with Joomla! 3.3, the minimum required PHP version is being raised to PHP 5.3.10!

There, I said it! No gunshot wounds? Great, so here's the scoop …

This post will cover:

  • Why change now?
  • Why wasn’t the requirements bar set higher from the beginning of 3.x?
  • How will extensions be affected?
  • Will I get any warning? What do I need to look for?
  • tl;dr … What will happen if my host is NOT Joomla! 3.3 Ready?

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