Mambo breakaway shakes Foundation

By   |  August 23, 2005

The open source CMS Mambo is likely to split into two separate projects after its core development team resigned en masse last week to form a new development community.

The break-away came after the founder of Mambo Open Source, Miro International, announced the formation of the non-profit Mambo Foundation to oversee the project, apparently without consulting key members and groups in the community.

\”The Mambo Foundation was formed without regard to the concerns of the core development teams. We, the community, have no voice in its government or the future direction of Mambo,” read the breakaway group\’s signed announcement on OpenSourcematters.org, a website set up around the issue.

\”We believe the future of Mambo should be controlled by the demands of its users and the abilities of its developers. The Mambo Foundation is designed to grant that control to Miro, a design that makes cooperation between the Foundation and the community impossible.\”

The former core development team will continue to develop a re-branded Mambo built largely on the existing codebase that falls under the GNU General Public License. \”Other than the name \”Mambo\” changing, there will be no functional impact on your existing applications,\” read the group’s FAQ posting.

In an interview with CNET, Miro general manager Justina Phoon said the split may not be a bad thing. \”Changing development teams is always a setback, not something anyone would typically look forward to,\” Phoon wrote in the email interview. But \”we do believe that the setback will become a benefit, as we recruit new blood and build a Mambo team that will focus on the core goals of Mambo, to be a high-quality, easy-to-use content-management system.\”

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