- Category: Core Team
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.
- Category: Core Team
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).
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:
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):
Here is an article that summarizes some of the reasons both for and against using the LGPL license:
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:
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.
- Category: Core Team
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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