Thank you for this. (move the period and place the gnu.org address in there.)
In general, omit http:// and www from web addresses.
If you want to distribute, copy or modify
Joomla!, you are welcome to do so under the
terms of the GNU General Public License . See
Resources for web address.
© 2005-2006 Open Source Matters (extend into 2007)
Sorry - but - we cannot include *some* external websites and not others. I had to make the same comment on the blogging one, as well. It just isn't fair to do so.
No - open source does not necessarily free of charge. Talk about other benefits - collaboration, learning from and using code, community and world wide involvement, even " a new trend"
Joomla! is open source.
Exactly what does
that mean? Basically is means that its
offered free of charge, and open for
anybody to use to code of the program to
fit it to there needs. Joomla! is a good fit
for any budget!
On the "free" thing - it's a tough one. Certainly, reduced cost is a key benefit. But, we really aren't "inviting people" to come take our hard work for free. That wouldn't be a very good community goal. So, why are we "advertising/promoting" Joomla! for Community Groups? What do we want from those people? And, that's where you get into what is a community - you give - I give - combined, we wind up with more than we could have alone. Community should not mean some do all the work, now, come and get it. Tough message to put together but important.
I'm also uncomfortable with the security message.
Step back a minute and think about the goal of an open source community. Is it to have the software used by the most people in the world (bragging rights?) Or, is it to draw together a productive, active and positive group of people all working on common goals?
I assume you understand I am leading you to the second conclusion.
So, think differently about your PR piece. We are not trying to "sell' anyone. We are trying to "engage" people. Big difference. And, we need to be very careful not to suggest people have no responsibility -
So a proprietary PR firm may say:
With Joomla!, you don't have to worry too much about security on your site.
But, an open source community may talk about Eric Raymond's comment about Linus's law
: "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow". The point being - we are *all* responsible.
In all sincerity, an open source community does not necessarily benefit from a mass influx of new end-users. End users mean more work. More training. More support. etc. There has to be more contributors in the group to help with the additional support requirements, as well.
The really great part of your brochure was talking about what Joomla! can offer to those specifically interested in community sites. (Forums, events, news, volunteer opportunities, etc.) Keep that - and add in how open source communities are important because we pool our individual contributions and each of us have more in the end.
Love the colors for an online brochure, but consider people will be printing these from home to share with others.
Thanks for your
contributions to the Joomla! community,