Mambo Foundation
Miro International has launched Mambo Foundation, Inc., an independent non-profit association created to grow, support and promote the award-winning Mambo web content management system (CMS) to its growing community. The Mambo community is currently estimated to be over five million users worldwide. Mambo CMS Server is currently in release 4.5 and is licensed under the GNU General Public license (GNU GPL).The Mambo Steering Committee (MSC) and project teams will serve under a new Board of Regents which provides strong organizational structure and coordination between all levels and teams. This allows greater ownership and collaboration between project team members, based on skill set, knowledge and expertise, including core development, maintenance, documentation, translation, third-party development, membership, finance, administration and advocacy. The Board of Regents serve a managerial and strategic function, ensuring Mambo remains true to its creator’s original aims to provide simple yet powerful publishing on the Internet. Board members include Peter Lamont, creator and founder of Mambo and the Mambo Open Source project and CEO of Miro International; Robert Castley, the original Project Leader of the Mambo project; current Project Leader Andrew Eddie, software life-cycle expert and President of (marketing solution manufacturer) Productized, Jim Begley, and Justina Phoon, General Manager of Miro International. “The Mambo Foundation is a giant step for us in ensuring the longevity and stability of the Mambo project” says Peter Lamont, founder of Mambo. “In creating the Foundation, we have given the community of users and developers a legal structure for active participation in the future of Mambo while ensuring it’s financial stability for the future.” Robert Castley, Mambo’s longest serving Project Director agrees. “The Foundation Board is made up of people who built, understand and love Mambo, and we are keen to ensure that Mambo sticks to its primary goal of ‘Power in Simplicity’. This simple statement has always set Mambo apart from other CMS’s and it is one that will be adhered to rigorously in all future releases. The Foundation will be driving the current and the next major release of Mambo (version 5) which will include all the lessons learned from the 4.x development and release cycles” said Robert Castley. Jim Begley believes structures such as the Mambo Foundation are a natural evolution for open source software. He said “Thanks to the success of applications like Apache, PHP and others, the Open Source world is maturing. Organizations are increasing their use of Open Source applications in critical lines of business, and as a result, are now expecting more from project teams. The Mambo Foundation is a direct reaction to those higher user expectations. Our goal is to nurture the creative and unrestrictive environment of an Open Source project with the framework and financial backing of the Foundation.” Lamont said “This year we have seen many larger corporations use Mambo for their websites and intranets. While other systems become more complex and harder to use, Mambo is winning more people over because it is geared to the end user with its revolutionary user interface and ease of use”.