Joomla Event Traveller Programme (JET) Now Open for JWC14
The Joomla Event Traveller Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we will be taking applications from the worldwide Joomla community, for the upcoming Joomla! World Conference to be held on November 7th - 9th, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico.
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. The JET Programme will cover the cost of the admission ticket, and will provide assistance with travel and lodging to the JWC.
August 15: Deadline for application
August 22: Recipients selected and notified
August 30: Public announcement in a blogpost on joomla.org
The criteria to be followed by the JET Committee for the election of candidates is as follows:
- Applications of the candidates will be arranged in accordance with the contributions made to the Joomla project (especially during the last year) based on the information enclosed in the application and duly proven with recommendations from team or working group leaders.
- Subsequently, all applicants will be accepted in order of appearance in the final list until the estimated budget for this edition of the JET Programme, 30,000 US dollars, is reached.
- This is an opportunity for the entire Joomla community, however, priority will be given to those participants who have not yet received a JET recognition.
- The JET Committee will give special consideration to well written applications that include details and timeframes of their participation in the Joomla project.
We encourage you to apply using this form http://events.joomla.org/jet-jwc-2014. Please note, there are certain criteria and conditions that must be met. Please read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!
The JET Committee
The Joomla Traveller Programme committee members are:
- Dianne Henning (Community Leadership Team)
- Radek Suski (Open Source Matters)
- Javier Gómez (Production Leadership Team)
- Guillermo Bravo (Community Leadership Team)
Joomla Event Traveller Programme (JET) Recipients Chosen
The Joomla Event Traveller 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.
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:
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