Mambo foundation to open more doors for developers

Miro, the founder and creator of open source content management system Mambo has handed over complete control and copyright to a newly-formed foundation.

Miro's creation of the Mambo Foundation was a natural evolution for the Mambo project, according to the foundation's Web site.

"When a community becomes so large and active it requires much more structure and organisation to manage it. Miro felt that if it gave the community such an organisation and prepared the rules and processes, then the project could self-manage indefinitely," the Web site states.

The foundation is now responsible for all running costs of Mambo, which were costing Miro around $US200,000 each year.

Spokesperson Justina Phoon said there will now be a more organised structure to help Mambo, which already has more than 33,000 developers and 1250 different registered projects, grow even further and become increasingly attractive to enterprise users.

The Mambo content management system won "Best Open Source Solution" prize at the linuxworld conference earlier this month, beating IBM, Firefox and LTSP.

"As the user community grows, small to enterprise-level businesses will require more levels of support from Mambo and also a more stable platform to use," she said.

"The foundation aims to establish and facilitate a Mambo community network, where developers can offer services to users who require them. This could range from a community member helping another one out in the forum to companies who provide website development services, third-party add-ons and plug-ins, training and certification, and tech support."

Phoon said she hopes people will be drawn to the project and naturally want to start and extend it to new areas.

"We also believe that by working closely with third-party developers and designers, and bringing them closer into the release process, we can assure our mutual user base smoother and more timely upgrades."

Phoon said that it was too early to specify a release date for version 5 of Mambo, but that the focus would be on creating a high quality product that installs and upgrades easily.

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