This post has been a long time coming … like almost everything on my blog these days 🙂
It’s a rant of sorts and a little over the top, but it sums up what I’ve been thinking for a while.
During 2010, I’ve listened to presentations and read blogs and tweets where people have been talking about other Open Source projects as their rivals. The attitude manifests itself with comments like this:
“Our CMS really needs to compete with and beat their CMS” or,
“Our CMS is like wine and theirs is like Mountain Dew”
This has been going on in all directions: between Drupal and Joomla, WordPress and Drupal and also Joomla and WordPress.
I think this attitude is misguided and here’s why:
That grudging admiration has gone. The review sites I can understand. Hosting is a dog-eat-dog industry and many companies cross into ethically grey areas to promote themselves. Look no further than one of Siteground’s rival to host the Joomla demo site – Webhostingbuzz has organized a mass-spamming of joomla.org. However, their latest technique crosses the line into fraud:
Mambo has been dying a slow death since the split from Joomla. In fact, the last time I visited their site was when they were forking again!
Its sad to see a once-great project in such a state. Several links on the homepage are broken, only three users were in the forum compared to over 800 in the Joomla forums and the “Download Mambo” didn’t work.
There are even paid links on their homepage. Scroll to the bottom of Mamboserver.com and you’ll see “CYLON: Internet Marketing, Check out our Customers:” and underneath a list of links including “Phone Card | Used Cars | Geh?use Netzteil USB | Phone Cards | Business Web Hosting”.
Those of you who know me realise I rarely, rarely get worked up ….. I think this is the first time I’ve used this blog to blow off steam. Its so rare, I’ve even had to create a whole new blog category for this.
Anyway, the last couple of weeks I’ve been frustrated one recurring problem – encoded components. This issue has come up in three different situations: