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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

Showdown at the O/S Corral...

Well pilgrims, seems our core team haven't just been countin' their toes this past week. Oh no, from the likes of what they've just announced, it seems I'm not the only one who's got a hankering to call out a posse on Miro.

Surely by now it's plain to to the community that those bushwackers in Miro have been takin' us all for a ride. Some have pointed this out in brighter times and been toasted on the fire for such talk, but now I reckon we can all see that these antipodean miscreants aint here for us at all.

Here's the announcement that's just been posted by the core team members:

Mambo Open Source Development Team - Letter to the community

Much has been said about the Mambo Open Source project and the establishment of the Mambo Foundation to benefit the future of Mambo.

We, the core development teams, unanimously believe:

  • An open source project is about people producing free and open software and contributing to something as a team for the benefit of others.
  • Open source projects reflect the spirit of collaboration and fun while garnering community feedback and providing good governance that allows for business to confidently invest in its development.
  • Open source projects are open to the participation of anybody who can contribute value and is willing to work with the community.

We, the development team, have serious concerns about the Mambo Foundation and its relationship to the community. 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 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. The Mambo Steering Committee made up of development team and Miro representatives authorized incorporation of the Foundation and should form the first Board. Miro CEO Peter Lamont has taken it upon himself to incorporate the Foundation and appoint the Board without consulting the two development team representatives, Andrew Eddie and Brian Teeman.
  • Although Mr. Lamont through the MSC promised to transfer the Mambo copyright to the Foundation, Miro now refuses to do so.

What we will do: We will continue to develop and improve a version of this award-winning software project currently released under the GNU General Public License. We wish Miro and the Mambo Foundation well and regret that we are not able to work with them.

We have retained the Software Freedom Law Center to advise us in this matter and will release more information about our short-term plan in the near future.

This is surely a definitive statement from a united core team. It seems I'm not the only one who's fed up and not gonna take it any more.

What does this all mean? Reading between the lines I'd say that Miro have been told to crawl back up where the sun don't shine and do what they like with their precious copyrights, trademarks and corporate strategies...

Oh yeah, this aint no "yes mister, can I polish your boots with my tongue mister" response. This is the start of a new revolution for the Mambo community, time to sever ties with these Miro varmits and set forth into the new frontier to make our own lands.

Surely now is the time to make a stand and let the world know how we're feelin' about this.

Now how long dya reckon it'll be before lily livered Lamont comes out of his hidey hole and has a self righteous rant about just how ungrateful we all are. Awww, kinda feel sorry for the guy...

Actually not... So, who's up for a good ol' fashioned gallows buildin' party? Yee-ha!