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The Joomla! project is proud to announce the Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET), an initiative created to support active project volunteers and community members who have dedicated time and energy to make Joomla better, and who would like to attend larger Joomla events. The recipients of the first JET Programme recognition will have the cost of admission covered to the upcoming J and Beyond Conference on May 30 – June 1, 2014 in Königstein Germany, and will receive assistance with travel and lodging.

We invite anyone to apply who has actively contributed to Joomla through involvement in the community (by contributing code, participating in a translation team or a JUG, organising local events...) and requires financial assistance to attend the J and Beyond event.

Anyone who has contributed to the Joomla project in any way (https://www.joomla.org/about­joomla/contribute­to­joomla.html) during the past year is eligible to apply to the JET Programme.

Each application will be evaluated on a case-­by-­case basis and will be judged on its own merit. Because the number of recognitions, and the amount of money in the JET fund is limited, we will take into account criteria like the current involvement in the Joomla community (either locally or globally), the potential benefit to the Joomla project, or the overall participation in the Joomla! community.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and all applicants will be notified by Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Applications must be completed by the interested person at https://events.joomla.org/jet-jab-2014.

Important Note: We are seeking volunteers in the Joomla! community to become part of the JET Committee team. The selected volunteers will review the applications for J and Beyond. If you have at least three hours per week to contribute to the Joomla project in the next two months, and you are interested in joining the team, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The board of directors of Open Source Matters (OSM) is requesting public feedback from our community members through March 6, 2014, regarding a potential license change for the Joomla! Framework from the GPL to the LGPL. This potential license change would only apply to the Joomla Framework, but not to the Joomla Content Management System (CMS).

Background

Early last year, following a previous public email list discussion, the Joomla Production Leadership Team (PLT) conducted a survey with the Joomla developer community to learn more about how they felt about potentially relicensing the Joomla Framework, but not the Joomla CMS, from GPL v2+ to LGPL v2.1+.

Here are some links to published results of that survey:

Because the survey results indicated strong support from the Joomla developer community for that potential license change, the PLT requested that OSM research legal issues regarding this potential change for the Joomla Framework:

https://developer.joomla.org/news/29-plt-meeting-notes-february-2013.html

Since that time, OSM has had multiple internal discussions about this request, and has also been in contact with the Software Freedom Law Center to receive guidance about legal issues. Discussions are still ongoing, but at this point it appears feasible from a legal standpoint to make this potential license change for the Joomla Framework.

Summary rationale and additional resources

Changing the license of the Joomla Framework to LGPL would follow the example of many other popular software frameworks, and would remove a potential barrier to increased adoption of the Joomla Framework. But the first "L" in the LGPL license stands for "lesser" (compared to the GPL license), and making this license change would also allow the Joomla Framework (but not the Joomla CMS) to be used in proprietary programs, which is not allowed by the current GPL license.

Here is a Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the GNU family of licenses (covering both the GPL and LGPL licenses):
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

Here is an article that summarizes some of the reasons both for and against using the LGPL license:
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/why-not-lgpl.html

 Next step: more community feedback

OSM recognizes that this potential license change for the Joomla Framework is an important issue, and so in addition to previous public discussions, we now want to allow two more weeks for a final period of public feedback from our community members. Please share your questions and comments about this issue through March 6, 2014 in this public forum thread:

https://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=836361&p=3141522#p3141522

Beginning March 7, 2014, OSM will move forward to address any remaining unanswered legal questions, and then there will be a final OSM discussion and vote on this issue. OSM will make a public announcement of the results of that vote.

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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.

 

You can comment on this blog post here.

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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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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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