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Mamboforge lockouts

Published on Tuesday, 06 December 2005
Over the last two years, Absalom Media has been developing GPL and other open sourced licenced work on Mamboforge, the official Mambo development site of all Mambo related components, modules and templates. Part of our Mambo development includes the maintainence and updates of the earlier Mambo template packs (from 4.0.14 onwards).

On or about the 2nd of December 2005, the development account related to Absalom Media's work on Mambo was suspended without warning or reason.
This situation puts an interesting spin on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it claims about Mamboforge:

Anyone can still post projects on mamboforge and there is no cost associated.


This is also not the first time Mambo Communities, the Miro-based company running the Mambo infrastructure has removed users from the Forge without reason. The last time this sort of thing happened, it was aimed at the previous core team. The interesting legal and ethical precident this time round is that it is aimed at a GPL-based independent developer in the Mambo community.

I have already raised this with This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , the independent developer on the Mambo Foundation Board, however I have not recieved any meaningful response.

Mambo is currently certified with the OSI in regards to the freedom to develop for the open source code that is present within it. Yet for reasons unknown, not everyone inside the GPL-licence space in Mambo is allowed to post and maintain projects on the Forge.

I therefore ask publically why this policy change varies with current public statements made by highly placed players in the Mambo Foundation, and seek a quick resolution to this potentially harmful scenario for open source development in general.

After all, if GPL-based developers are locked out of the very things they're meant to be developing in, it doesn't convey a sense of professionalism and respect by the organisation that delivers the open source architecture.
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