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  • Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET) Recipients Chosen 

    The Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we have selected 25 members from the worldwide Joomla community, representing 16 countries as the recipients of the first JET Programme recognition. They 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.

    The JET Programme is an initiative that was 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, such as J and Beyond and the Joomla! World Conference. (We will put a call out for the Joomla! World Conference JET Programme later this summer.)

    We wish to thank all those who applied and congratulate those who were accepted! We look forward to seeing you in Königstein at J and Beyond!



  • Open Source Matters Elects New President, Sarah Watz, to Guide Joomla! 

    On April 8th 2014 the Board of Open Source Matters Inc (OSM), the non-profit organization that provides legal and financial support to the Joomla! project, conducted their first Annual General Meeting of the Members in accordance with the bylaws. From a list of candidates that consisted of board Directors who could be re-elected and a number of nominees that were submitted after the call for nominations, the members selected a board of 13 Directors:

    Martijn Boomsma (The Netherlands) 
    Mike Carson (USA) 
    Ronni Christiansen (Denmark)
    Victor Drover (USA) 
    Jorge Lopez-Bachiller Fernandez (Guatemala) 
    Rod Martin (USA) 
    Tessa Mero (USA) 
    Ryan Ozimek (USA) 
    Saurabh Shah (India) 
    Joe Sonne (Canada) 
    Marijke Stuivenberg (The Netherlands) 
    Radek Suski (Germany) 
    Sarah Watz (Sweden)



  • Joomla! Framework changes to LGPL 

    The board of Open Source Matters (OSM) has voted to approve the request submitted by the Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) to change the license of the Joomla Framework  from GPL v2+ to LGPL v2.1+. It is important to understand that this license change applies only to the Joomla Framework, and does not affect the GPL v2+ license for the Joomla Content Management System (CMS).

    This decision by OSM was the final step in a process that started early last year, when the PLT first initiated a public email list discussion and then conducted a survey aimed at the Joomla developer community. When the results of that survey indicated strong support for that potential license change, the PLT requested that OSM research legal issues regarding this potential change for the Joomla Framework. The conclusion of OSM's research with the assistance of the Software Freedom Law Center was that there were no legal barriers to prevent potentially making that change.

    For more background about this issue, please refer to this previous announcement that included a request from OSM for public comments and feedback.

    What does this change mean?

    The Joomla Framework is a set of classes and methods that can be used to develop a variety of applications.

    The LGPL-licensed Joomla Framework remains open source, but developers who utilize Framework libraries now have the option to use any license they wish for their applications. However, the LGPL Framework libraries must always be released as LGPL, including any modifications made to them by the developer.

    Using the LGPL license for the Joomla Framework will enable more developers to use it in combination with other PHP libraries as they work to develop and distribute the next generation of PHP-based applications.

    The roadmap for the CMS calls for a future version of the Joomla Framework to be used within it. When that happens, the GPL license for the CMS will apply to any combined Joomla Framework + CMS application.

    To learn more about what this license change means for the Joomla Framework, please read this announcment on the Joomla Developer Network website: LGPL License Change Approved for the Joomla Framework.

    Next steps

    There is still more work to be done before this license change for the Joomla Framework will be completed, such as getting confirmation from the Software Freedom Law Center about some implementation points.

    Also, an idea that came up in the recent public forum discussion was to consider a potential new name for the Joomla Framework. OSM feels that this idea deserves some more investigation. A separate announcement will be published when progress on that idea has been made.

    Moving forward - together

    During the past year, OSM has investigated multiple legal questions and discussed a variety of other points surrounding this important issue. We followed the recent public discussion in the forum closely before setting aside time for a final discussion and vote.

    OSM gives our sincere thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas on all sides of this important and complex issue. Our motivation has been to make a thoughtful decision that is in the best interest of our project and our community.

    Please share your thoughts and comments about this announcement in this public forum thread:





  • Update on the Joomla! 3.3 release schedule 

    Joomla! 3.3 is almost ready! The development team has been working away putting the finishing touches on the beta. The aim for this release was presented by Michael Babker at Joomla!Day Boston 2014:

    "Joomla 3.3 will be the most stable Joomla! release. Ever!"

    We have revised the launch timeline slightly to ensure we can get everything up to the quality levels we all would like, and to ensure thorough testing on as many hosting environments as possible.

    The schedule is now as follows:

    • 1 April – Beta 1
    • 8 April – Beta 2
    • 15 April – Release Candidate (RC)
    • 22 April - Joomla 3.3 Release


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    Become familiar with the new features being introduced in Joomla! 3.3 and give something back to the community. If you are interested in testing (and we hope you are!) getting involved is very easy.