Mambo project does the splits and strains relationships

The Mambo foundation has issued a statement in a bid to dispel what it claims to be "huge misconceptions" that have circulated in the media about the foundation and project.

The Mambo foundation was recently established to take over control and copyright of the open source CRM Mambo project, from its founding company, Miro. (See story:

A number of key developers split from the foundation, claiming it was formed without consultation with developers, and that it was no longer in the true spirit of the open source community. (See their letter here)

A statement issued by the Mambo foundation, said it has "watched with a mix of caution and concern as some of the members of the old development team declined membership in the Foundation, choosing instead to fork the code set and start a new project on their own terms. It's living proof that Open Source does mean freedom to choose and it's a real tribute to the strength of the GPL license."

"While we congratulate them on marshalling the resources to pull it all together, at the same time we have asked (repeatedly) that they correct a misconception which seems to have been perpetuated in the media and in blogs," read the foundation's statement.

That misconception, the foundation claims, is that Mambo has been replaced by their new project, Joomla.

"That is completely inaccurate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mambo is still Mambo. And Mambo is alive and well!" asserted the foundation.

Another misconception, according to the foundation is that Miro still owns the copyright for Mambo.

"The Mambo Foundation is not to be confused with Miro, the company which originally created Mambo. Mambo Foundation, is a non-profit organization established under the laws of Australia and governed by its members -- and membership is open to anyone."

The break away team of ex-Mambo developers includes Australian-based former Mambo project director Andrew Eddie. The team of 18 developers claims their project, called Joomla, is not a "fork" from Mambo.

"It is a rebranding effort that will continue to run largely on the existing code base. Work is continuing on the project by the same team that has developed Mambo as you know it today. Therefore we see it as continuing development rather than a 'fork'," states the website.

The Mambo foundation's core development team now consists of seven members. It also has another five members in its third party development team.

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