The board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM), at it’s monthly meeting, installed the following Officers of the board for the 2013/2014 term:

Paul Orwig as President, Alice Grevet as Secretary, and Marijke Stuivenberg as Assistant Secretary.

The Officers of the board are elected from the board (by the Directors), and serve one year terms that may be renewed.

On October 3, 2012, the Community Oversight Committee (COC) approved the four nominees submitted to them by the Board of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM)

Today we welcome:

Mike Carson from Joliet, Illinois, USA
Sandy Ordonez from Brooklyn, New York, USA
Radek Suski from Schaafheim, Germany
Sarah Watz from Stockholm, Sweden

Our four new members cover a wide range of skills, and each one has done significant work to further the goals of the Joomla! project, both locally and beyond their borders. We thank these candidates for their willingness to serve on the board of OSM. 

The nominee pool was particularly strong. OSM wishes to thank all of the very qualified nominees who confirmed their interest in serving, and for the contribution they are making.

Terms extended

We would also like to announce that the terms of two board members, Dianne Henning and Marijke Stuivenberg, have been extended until October 2013 by the COC, at the request of the board. They will continue their good work in global outreach and internationalization.

Thank you to Sukh

OSM thanks Altansukh (Sukh) Tumenjargal for his two years of service on the board, and his contribution to the Capital Committee. We wish him well on his future projects, and his work in the Joomla! community in Mongolia. We appreciate the perspective and energy he brought to the board. 

On April 30, 2012, the Community Oversight Committee (COC) approved the three nominees submitted to them by the Board of Open Source Matters, Inc.

Today we welcome:

  • Leonel Canton from Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Ofer Cohen from Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Paulo Griiettner from Maringa, Brazil

Our three new members cover a wide range of skills, and each one has done significant work to further the goals of the project, both locally and beyond their borders. In addition, the final result demonstrates a priority to add representation from vital Joomla! communities and geographical areas around the world. We thank these candidates for their willingness to serve on the board of OSM.

The nominee pool was particularly strong. OSM wishes to thank all of the very qualified nominees who confirmed their interest in serving, and for the contribution they are making.

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Translations posted on community web sites:

OSM dá as Boas-Vindas a Três Novos Membros do Conselho

OSM מברכת שלושה מצטרפים חדשים למועצת המנהלים

OSM Da la bienvenida a 3 nuevos miembros

On the 15th of September 2012, Software Freedom Day (SFD 2012) will be celebrated all over the world.

Register your event for Software Freedom Day 2012 Software Freedom Day honors Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The Joomla! CMS is both Free and Open Source software.

Open Source Matters, and the Joomla! project, supports Software Freedom Day.

This is what Pia Waugh writes about Free and Open Source Software:

\\\"Transparent and sustainable technologies are vital to ensuring we can protect our freedoms.

So what do I mean by transparent? Well some software gives you access to the source code, such as Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which ensures that you can know (or get checked) what exactly a piece of software will do.

It avoids nasty surprises, spyware, result rigging and all kinds of issues that we can\\\'t be absolutely sure to avoid in closed software. Proprietary software keeps the source code locked away from public scrutiny which means that there is no way to know exactly what the software actually does, and no way to trust it to safeguard your human rights.

Transparent technologies are about ensuring you can trust the results and operation of your technology.\\\"


This day is to celebrate all open source software.

Find out how to participate, and Register your event for Software Freedom Day 2012

The board of Open Source Matters, at its most recent board meeting, voted to appoint Thomas Hampton as its new Treasurer.

Thomas previously served as Assistant Treasurer, in a non-board-member capacity. The OSM board felt it would be best for continuity to ask the Community Oversight Committee (COC) to add Thomas to the board, in line with our Statutes. The COC agreed.

The election of Thomas as our new Treasurer allows the board to release Ryan from that duty. Ryan graciously agreed to have his term extended until a new Treasurer was confirmed and elected. The position of Treasurer became vacant when our previous Treasurer, Paul Orwig, was elected President.

We thank Ryan for his help, and welcome Thomas to the board!

The board is currently reviewing nominees for new board members and will forward recommendations to the COC. An announcement of new board members is expected before the end of April 2012.