We’ve reached a milestone of sorts.
In the last few weeks I’m seeing a lot of people celebrating 10 years of contributing to open source.
Many of the most prominent and inspiring people behind the growth of Joomla, Drupal and WordPress started contributing in 2003 and 2004.
I’ve known Vic Drover for a long time now.
We started talking when he launched one of the first ever commercial GPL businesses back in 2007.
The next year, we did a Joomla class together in Las Vegas and then were two of the speakers at the first ever CMSExpo in Chicago.
We’ve keep talking almost every week since.
The summer, we reached a fork in the road with Admincredible. Members of our team were getting really busy in other areas of their life and at the same time the Admincredible platform needed a substantial extra investment to go where we wanted to take it.
We decided to look into selling. We had interested from hosting companies and development companies, but the best fit was Vic and his Watchful platform. Not only was the offer from Vic, but Watchful offers almost exactly the same service as Admincredible, so it was the smoothest transition for our customers.
Thanks to TJ and Eddie for taking the Admincredible ride with me. Thanks to our customers for taking it with us and thanks Vic for taking on it from here.
I’ve been heavily involved with Joomla and, to a lesser extent, Drupal for a good number of years now.
During that time, I’ve seen forks come and go but they’ve never really sparked my interested. Here are 6 reasons why:
#1. Money. I’ve kids, a wife and a mortgage so I need to pay the bills. There’s rarely money in small projects to pay the bills and forks are always small projects.
#2. Open source. I’m far more attached to open source than I am to any brand name such as Joomla, Drupal or WordPress. I work with open source because I want to see live in a society dominated by open rather than proprietary systems.. A large and popular project provides a much better platform to make that happen.
#3. Chance of success. 99.9% of forks fail. In fact, 99.9% of open source project fail. People wildly overestimate how rare it is for an open source project to succeed. I saw a very naive comment on Reddit the other day: “the creation of an ecosystem is trivially easy”. Projects like Joomla and Drupal are 1 in 100,000. They caught lightning in a bottle. Your project probably won’t.
#4. People. I’m attached to the people in each open source project rather than just the codebase. I’m a trainer, not a developer, so that’s the way my mind works.
#5. Different place, same drama. I’ve heard people say that they want to start afresh to avoid the drama in the old project. Sorry, people are people and the grass probably won’t be greener on the other side.
#6. Be different. Rather than forks, which offer more of the same for the first few months or years, it’s a lot more interesting to see something completely new. A great example is Ghost as an alternative to WordPress.
None of this is to say that forks are bad things or that you shouldn’t launch one. These are just the reasons why I probably won’t be interested.
Our baby lives!
It took one full year from conception to birth, but this week, Admincredible finally came into the world.
What is Admincredible?
It’s one dashboard that allows you to manage and update all your Joomla sites:
- No more logging in and out to each site.
- No more manually checking for available updates.
- No more problems with out-of-date extensions or templates.
That’s the promise of Admincredible.
I’m starting to think about my Joomla World Conference presentation for November.
I’m planning to talk about how people become involved in open source projects and about the legacy they leave behind when they leave. Continue reading
Six years ago, I quit teaching and became a full time web designer.
At that point I had three things to my name:
- An old iBook laptop with more broken keys than working keys.
- Two months of summer holiday pay from my last teaching job.
- A spare bedroom to use as an office. Continue reading
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that we’re launching a new service called Admincredible.
The goal of Admincredible? To make it easy to monitor and update all your Joomla sites.
Well, things are moving ahead rapidly: Admincredible.com went live this week.
I think the site turned out wonderfully. It has a unique design for what we hope will be a unique brand. If you ever want a site built, seriously consider working with Fotis and his team from Joomlaworks / Nuevvo.
The next step for Admincredible is the beta launch of the product itself. If you want an invitation, visit Admincredible.com, click the newsletter button in the top-right corner and sign up.
Here’s one of the subscribers we got to http://facebook.com/ostraining/ after advertising on Facebook for a week. We targeted only people in the U.S.:
I was watching the U.S. healthcare debate play out yesterday and it got me thinking.
I thought back to when our own industry was dominated by legal arguments, most of them half-digested and poorly-sourced. Including my own.
The GPL debates in open source were not a fun time and they dragged on for years.
So, I did some looking back and unless I’m missing something, the last real argument about the GPL was in July 2010, two years in the past. Continue reading
[UPDATE] I was nervous before posting this but want to thank everyone for the big response. I’ve heard from a lot of people today and the great thing is many of them agree: we need to raise our game. The future can be bright. There are a lot of opportunities out there for Joomla. We just sometimes need to be reminded to go and grab them.
Sorry, Disqus is being a real pain and comments are sometimes missing on this thread after a server move.
Instead of commenting, go and do something positive. You’ll feel much better, I promise. Help move us forward. Here’s one place to start.
It’s time for the Joomla community to professionalize.
I mean that in two senses: Continue reading