The history of Joomla! is nothing short of a mini-revolution in the world of open source software. As a side-effect, the formation of Joomla! has also facilitated a deep insight on what open source actually means and what it should ideally determine.
Joomla! was born out of a tension between all the core developers of Mambo with the company that owned its trademark at that time, Miro International. Miro International had announced a nonprofit organization in a bid to raise money to fund the Mambo project, and also to take care of any lawsuits that might occur, considering the somewhat unconventional task it was chasing for. Another reason was to improve upon the code so that it could have been made perfect for a later commercial release. By the January of 2005, an understanding between Miro International and its trademark, Mambo, was that Mambo would continue as an open source project, while Miro would provide it with the necessary monetary funds, trainings, support services and developer certificates.
However, problems began to make their appearance in a short while. Mambo was supposedly to be open source, but it was evident that the nonprofit Mambo Foundation formed against the grain of the original decisions made by the Mambo Steering Committee. The developers of Mambo rigidly felt there were violations to the core values of the open source agreements.
This led to the very famous fork of Mambo. This happened on August 17, 2005, when most of the core developers on the Mambo project walked away from Miro, and then recouped under the name OpenSourceMatters. The stated purpose of OpenSourceMatters was to disclose information to anyone who cared about open source. This huge list included webmasters, web designers, users of the open source and, in general, the whole worldwide network. The purpose was noble, and soon began gaining hold. Andrew Eddie, their team member back with Mambo rejoined them on August 15, 2007. He was given the nickname Master Chief of OpenSourceMatters.
Andrew Eddie then got round to popularizing the concept. He wrote a letter in the forum of mamboserver.com, discussing most of their policies. The letter was extremely well-read within the forum and outside, and made history of texts. Literally overnight, a thousand people registered their names on opennessmatters.org. The comments that this letter got were mostly of encouragement and general morale-boosting for the team of developers who had the courage to get away from the system and do what they felt right.
With all the encouragement behind them, opennessmatters.org did rightly feel that the time had come to make headway towards making a basic open source content management system for the world. Forums became active all over. Other open source projects lauded the efforts being made by opennessmatters.org.
Within two weeks of the historical letter, another big step in the history of the Internet was taken. Joomla !, the world's first ever truly open source content management system saw the light of day. The first version, Joomla! 1.0.0 was announced for release on September 16, 2005. The name was taken from Swahili jumla, which literally translates into 'all together'! The name symbolizes the concept that Joomla! stands for.
Joomla! 'S history is taking a greater turn current. On October 12, 2007, the beta version of Joomla! 1.5 was announced. This beta version is a simplified version, but it contains a much greater level of flexibility for users from all over the world. For the world of open source, things are just brightening.