We would also like to make a 2nd major announcement at this time and one that has long-term implications to the project itself. Anyone who has followed the MiaCMS, Mambo, and Joomla! projects over the last few years is all too familiar with forks. There are obviously advantages and disadvantages to forking an open source project; Mambo has actually been forked quite a few times over the years with varying degrees of success. Most of these forks have either faded away or simply gone dormant. However, two very successful projects have emerged from the ashes of their parent and even greatly improved upon the codebase they started with; MiaCMS and Joomla!. We do not wish to rehash the reasons for the MiaCMS fork several years ago (for those interested you can find that information here). Today, we are pleased to announce a step in the opposite direction... an open source CMS project merger. The MiaCMS and Aliro projects are joining forces to create a best of breed/next generation CMS.
Why was this change needed?
* MiaCMS was created as a fork of the Mambo project, the grandfather of all open source CMS projects. Mambo either serves as the basis for or as an inspiration to most of the CMS systems in use today.
* Mambo is quite old at this point. Releases, developers, and svn activity are all but non-existent, as alluded to in a recent interview with Chad Auld. MiaCMS has given new life to the aging platform, but with the advancements in PHP and related frameworks over the last several years, the system is really in need of a full re-architecture building upon the lessons learned over the last 8 years. While still with the Mambo project we announced such an effort several years ago, before the fork. That effort was to be a Mambo rewrite on top of the CakePHP framework, but it never really got off the ground due to the political infighting that ultimately required the MiaCMS fork.
* So, here we are several years later with a much better system, MiaCMS, but still in need of a much larger architectural shift. While we have advanced the upper layers of the system, Aliro has been focused on the all-important foundation. Building on top of Aliro will allow us to better serve the community and put out a CMS that is even more impressive, efficient, secure, and flexible than the one you currently enjoy.
We hope the community is as excited about this news as we are. We look forward to continued success with you at our side. Thank you!
The MiaCMS team