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

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

At the end of February Ryan Ozimek and James Vasile completed their terms on the board of Open Source Matters (OSM). We express our thanks to both long-serving board members for the unique roles they played during their terms: Ryan as former Secretary and President of the board, and Joomla evangelist and JoomlaDay events around the world, and James for his guidance, wisdom and legal advice, from the beginnings of the Joomla project.

On February 23 the Community Oversight Committee approved an extension of Ryan's term as board member. This was done so that the board could appoint Ryan as interim Treasurer, until such time as new board members could be elected, and a new Treasurer appointed. The vacancy in the board-officer position of Treasurer was the result of the election of OSM's previous Treasurer, Paul Orwig, as the new President of the board.

Ryan is committed to remaining an active member of the Joomla community.

James has agreed to make himself available to share his insights regarding license and organizational developments.

The board of OSM wishes to thank Ryan and James for their invaluable contribution over the years, and for their willingness to continue to support OSM with their expertise.

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.

In a collaborative process of respect and encouragement, the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM), at it’s monthly meeting, installed the following Officers of the board for the 2012/2013 term:

President: Paul Orwig
Vice President: Jacques Rentzke
Secretary: Alice Grevet

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