History of Joomla

Within its first year of release, Joomla was downloaded 2,500,000 times.  Between 2007 and the begining of 2011, it was downloaded more than 21 million times.  There are over 6,000 free and commercial add-ons found on the official Joomla! Extension Directory.

Joomla! was the created from a fork of Mambo in August of 2005.  At that time, the Mambo name was trademarked by Miro International Pvt Ltd. that formed a non-profit organization with the purpose to fund the project and protect it from lawsuits. The Joomla development team claimed that:
  • many of the provisions of the organization's structure went against previous agreements and
  • lacked the necessary consultation with key stake-holders and
  • included provisions that violated core open source values.
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2000 In March of 2000, Miro Construct Pty Ltd was formed and headded up by CEO Peter Lamont and Junio Souza Martins.  They start development of Mambo as a proprietary content management system.
2001 The company led with a dual licensing policy, releasing the Mambo Site Server under the GPL on Sourceforge in April 2001.  The mamboserver.com domain name is registered.   From this time until the middle of 2002, Miro was the only developer and supporter of Mambo.
2002 Miro releases a commercial version and called it Mambo 2002.
2003 Early in 2003, Miro releases the code to the Open Source project Development Team while they focus on the commercial version. Mambo Open Source gains momentum.  Miro claims that the commercial version of Mambo does not contain any source after it was made open source. 
2004 Linux Format awards Mambo “Best Free Software Project” of the Year.  Linux User and Developer names it “Best Linux or Open Source Software”. 

Late in 2004, Mambo was threatened with legal threats concerning the intellectual property rights to certain pieces of code contained in the core. The problem was severe and cost money. Miro came to the aid of Mambo, offering legal and corporate resources to protect the development team and preserve the program.

Robert Castley resigns as Project Director and in November, Andrew Eddie takes on the role. 
2005 Andrew Eddie announces a joint venture between Mambo and Miro International Pty Ltd, with Miro proposing to offer financial support for the open source project, plus training, commercial support services, and developer certification.

February 2005: Discussions begin over the formation of a non-profit foundation for the Mambo project. March 2005: The name "Mambo Open Source" was changed to just "Mambo", causing concern in the community over apparent confusion this would cause a rift between the open source community and Miro's commercial offering.

August 2005: Robert Castley, who is a founding member of the Mambo Foundation Board of Regents, states: "The Foundation allows for everything to be placed outside of Miro incl. Domain Names, hosting etc. " and continues to claim that with him, the original founder of Mambo Open Source, and Andrew Eddie, Mambo would continue as a successful, open source project. He concluded his statement with, "So there you have it: two very key people in the overall success of Mambo are at the helm. Trust me, Mambo is in very, very safe hands!"

These claims rankled the many other programmers that poured their blood, sweat, and tears into the development, so they came out against the effort of Mambo.

This group claimed that many of the provisions of the foundation structure went against previous agreements made by the elected Mambo Steering Committee, lacked the necessary consultation with key stake-holders and included provisions that violated core open source values.

A few days later, the entire team of core programming team publicly announced they will abandoned Mambo.  Shortly after this, Robert Castley steps down from the Board of Regents.
Begining of Joomla The former core development team members regroup under the name "Open Source Matters" and the open source community at mamboserver.com fractures over allegations that the Mambo Foundation was formed without community input and with insufficient developer control. People express suspicion over the level of involvement by Miro International.

By the end of August, the new project is named Joomla! and most of the former Mambo community has relocated to Open Source Matters. By the end of September, Open Source Matters Inc is a duly constituted non-profit corporation registered in New York.

Joomla! positions itself as a "rebranding of Mambo" and releases its first fork of Mambo as Joomla 1.0 in September, 2005. The two code-bases are almost identical at this stage.
2006 Joomla won the Packt Publishing Open Source Content Management System Award.
2007 Again Joomla won the Packt Publishing Open Source Content Management System Award.
2008 On October 27, 2008, PACKT Publishing announced Johan Janssens the "Most Valued Person" (MVP) for his work as one of the lead developers of the 1.5 Joomla! Framework and Architecture.
2009 In 2009 Louis Landry received the "Most Valued Person" award for his role as Joomla! architect and development coordinator.
2010 By April of 2010, the Joomla team released version 1.5.16 with beta version of version 1.6

Information aggregated, collated and compiled from (http://en.wikipedia.org, analogik.org, and other sources)