Celebrating the 10th Birthday of Open Source Matters

Written by | 01 October 2015 | Published in 2015 October
On the 23rd of September 2005, the Certificate of Incorporation of Open Source Matters, Inc. was filed with the State of NY, in the USA. This created the legal entity that could protect the Joomla assets, and manage the Joomla Project’s trademarks, licences and finances.
Celebrating the 10th Birthday of Open Source Matters image by @Helvecio

Andrew Eddie, Brian Teeman, and Mitch Pirtle were the initial Directors of the Board. James Vasile, from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), assisted with the filing.

Diverse group of volunteers

Over the past 10 years, 45 Joomla volunteers have served on the Board. This diverse group of people were from a total of 19 different countries, namely:

Australia, UK, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, South Africa, Serbia, Taiwan, Mongolia, Israel, Brazil, Guatemala, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and India.

Many more volunteers have served on the various teams overseen by Open Source Matters (OSM).

Thank You!

A huge thanks to all these volunteers for their service to OSM and the Joomla! community.

Next 10 Years

This 10th year is not only one of celebration for the Joomla Project, and Open Source Matters, but it is also a year of change. Earlier this year, the combined Joomla leadership (Production Leadership Team, Community Leadership Team, and Open Source Matters Board) voted in favour of restructuring the Joomla & OSM leadership.

In essence, this will involve the merging of these structures with the end result being a new OSM, whose Board will represent and be elected by the new Members, the leaders of all the Joomla and OSM teams.

So while we say happy birthday to the old OSM, we say good luck and best wishes to the new OSM that will, over the next few months, come into being.

Open Source Matters in pictures

2005

2005 joomla core osm board

Joomla Core Team and OSM Board 2005

2007

2007 joomla core osm

Joomla Core Team and Open Source Matters Board 2007

2008

2008 joomla core osm board

Joomla Core Team and Open Source Matters Board 2008

2011

2011 1 osm board

Open Source Matters Board 2011

2011 2 osm board 

Open Source Matters Board 2011

2012

2012 osm board

Open Source Matters Board 2012

2013

2013-joomla-lt-osm-board

Joomla Leadership team & Open Source Matters Board 2013

2014

2014 osm board

Open Source Matters Board 2014

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Jacques Rentzke

Jacques Rentzke

I specialize in building and supporting web sites on the Joomla! CMS. I'm the owner of New Web Consulting, and the Co-Lead Editor on the Joomla! Community Magazine. I previously served on the board of Open Source Matters. I also am co-organizer of the Joomla! User Group - Cape Town (JUGCT) and JoomlaDay South Africa.