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Howdy pardner...

I'd like to welcome you to this here page o'mine, which has been whipped up in no time flat to give some support and outside discussion to the presently stunned Mambo open source project and community.

Why you say? What the heck is this all about? Well pilgrim, you've found yer way to just the place ya'll need to be to get those queries answered. Sure 'nuff this here place is where we can maybe have a chuckle over what's been goin' down of late, maybe even open some eyes to where this all could be headed.

So kick back in front o' the fire and we'll spin some yarns about what could be the biggest showdown Mambo has ever seen in the ol' west

Thankye kindly fer visitin',

The Lone Mamber

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Information Superhighway Robbery!

Well, ignoring the many questions of the community and the core development team's statement that they want nothing to do with Miro's Foundation, Miro has gone and launched the site anyway.

Oh yes, and they've gone right over the top to make it all appear above board and professional like. Why, it could almost be the Mambo Corporation taking a look at what they've setup here.

As some younger members of the community will be sure to say "OMG WTF?!?!"

Let's take a tour through the new Foundation shall we?

Firstly there is a blurb on the front page proclaiming the wonders of the Mambo software and our community. Never mind that the community is outraged and the developers of the software have denounced this Foundation. Never mind that.

At the end of this blurb, we're urged to become a member of the Foundation. Ah, why not, maybe $50 and we can vote out Mr. Lamont! Wrong...

Just to begin with, there is an interesting term of membership for all members:

1. Express public support for the Mambo Foundation and the Mambo Project.

No more dissent in this community, well, not in this Foundation. Oh no, complain and be cast out!

Then there are several levels of membership:

"Strategic Member"
Strategic Members are companies that work with Mambo either as a users developing websites, or that include Mambo as a part of their own offering. They are companies that view Mambo as an important part of their corporate, product or services strategy, and who want to participate in the development of the Mambo Project.

Ok, so who would fit into this category? Well, basically anyone that wants to appear to be a team working on developing mambo sites, or CMTs (components, modules and templates). Anyone who feels that they're image doing this is important enough to pay:

The annual membership fee for Strategic Members is US$50,000.
That's right. Fifty. Thousand. Big ones. Maybe a quarter of one percent of the dev teams using Mambo at the moment could afford that kind of promotional outlay. Because it really seems that is all it is.

Oh no, wait a moment! There are benefits for paying 50 grand for that kind of membership to this club:

Each Strategic Member has a representative on the Mambo Foundation Board of Regents allowing them to have a say in the strategic direction of Mambo. Strategic Members may also have a seat on the Mambo Steering Committee providing input and influence over the themes and priorities in Mambo.

In addition, Strategic Member companies may lead one or more of the Mambo open source projects and have representation on the Mambo developer team. This allows Strategic Members to have direct input into the development and architecture of Mambo.

Ah, now I see. Give us $50K and you can tell the core developers what to do, not that there are any associated with this Foundation currently. For a measly fifty thousand dollars, you can have a big handle on the project, to turn whichever way you see fit.

Now doesn't that just empower the community! Good work Mr Begley!

Now we come to Third Party Developers (3PD). That's the average joe doing their best to create extensions for Mambo in their own time, commercially or more usually open source.

The "qualifications" for this category are interesting:
A third party develper (3PD) company must have a Mambo-based offering or commit to making such an offering available within 12 months of joining the Mambo Foundation. In addition, 3PD members are required to publicly announce their support for Mambo.

Ok, so on joining the Foundation, you must commit to making an product of some sort within a year and never say diddly against the mighty Miro Mambo Foundation.

Wonderful. All this for only...
The annual membership fee for Third-Party Developer members is US$1,000.
Well, I can tell ya right now, I'm a 3PD and you can take that offer and shove it Mr Lamont.

One thousand dollars, for what?

Membership in the Mambo Foundation allows organizations to leverage the resources of the community and achieve a higher return on their investment in Mambo. Mambo Foundation members are offered a unique opportunity to understand the trends and directions of the core Mambo system and participate in marketing programs that drive potential users to the member's offerings.

Marketing clap trap that's of no use to anyone, especially seeing as these varmits have practically killed the project dead in it's tracks with their philanderings!

And what? Developers pay this money so they can say they're paying members? What happened to the proposal of enforcing legitimacy by creating accreditation?

I suppose that's going to cost even more on top of that. Hurrah.

Then there's "Active Members" and "Associate Members" and "Ordinary Members", which are free, but so full of all kinds of mumbo jumbo and claptrap that I can barely stand to even think about it. Feel free to pop over there and read it for yourself.

Makes me sicker than when I had to eat me own boots...