Joomla!, a content management system based on the popular Mambo Open Source is now available for download. This marks the first Joomla! release after a group of Mambo former developers decided to form a new project over a dispute with Miro International.
Overall, the current version of Joomla! (1.0) is not much different than Mambo 4.5.2, be it the installation, administraton, and the main content page. The most noticable changes is mainly to the name Mambo being replaced by Joomla! to reflect the new directons.
According to Joomla! website, Mambo modules, themes and database (except patches) can be use with Joomla! 1.0. However the Joomla! developers made no claim about its compatibility with Mambo in future releases, cited that both of the projects is heading different directions now.
Well, I don’t find appealing reasons for me to switch to Joomla! right now, hope the next version of Joomla will implement features that was held back in Mambo Open Source.
Here’s a link for those interested to download Joomla! 1.0