Mambo, OpenSourceMatters and Joomla!

Mambo OpenSource is a good CMS software with which I have implemented half a dozen websites. It has already won “Best Open Source Solution” awards by LinuxWorld 2005. Mambo was born when an Australian company, Miro, put their codes on SourceForge and get it licensed under GPL. The Open Source community welcomed the project and continued developing the CMS.

The progress went well until Miro decided to establish a non-profit organization for Mambo, Mambo Foundation. This is the letter from Peter Lamont:

As you know, there have been several important and exciting changes in the Mambo community lately. The formation of the Mambo Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to manage the Mambo project, will ensure the security, longevity and success of Mambo and its community of users. Our next goal is to put together a strong organizational structure and encourage coordination between teams including core development, maintenance, documentation, translation, third-party development, membership, finance, administration and advocacy who will work under the Foundation umbrella.

The Mambo project has been extremely fortunate in having such a vital community that has advocated Mambo in many ways and helped it grow into the award-winning product it is today. We want to thank you for your continued support, which will continue to be critical moving forward.

We will be launching the Mambo Foundation website soon, where you will find general information about the Foundation, how to join as a member, FAQ’s, and much more.

But the core development team members didn’t like the idea and started to form OpenSourceMatters. The reason why they quit is described in their website:

The Mambo Foundation was formed without regard to the concerns of the core development teams. We, the community, have no voice in its government or the future direction of Mambo. The Mambo Steering Committee made up of development team and Miro representatives authorized incorporation of the Foundation and should form the first Board. Miro CEO Peter Lamont has taken it upon himself to incorporate the Foundation and appoint the Board without consulting the two development team representatives, Andrew Eddie and Brian Teeman.

Although Mr. Lamont through the MSC promised to transfer the Mambo copyright to the Foundation, Miro now refuses to do so.

Finally, the developers who coded Mambo will continue developing Mambo as Joomla , as the name Mambo is trademarked by Miro. It is also worth noting that all major Mambo sites like Mamboserver.com, Mamboforge.net, and Mambo-foundation.org are all owned by Miro and are no longer under the control of the recently departed Mambo developers.

Now, which side are you on?

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