The Joomla Bug Squad has been instrumental in getting to where we are today. These people have relentlessly hunted for and squashed bugs in the software.
Without them, no-one knows when we would have seen the current version.
Although there are still many bugs in the software, they will be squashed in the weeks and months ahead. Again, the Bug Squad will be an important part of this process.
And so will you and I - we all need to chip in and report bugs, test the software and make sure 1.6 evolves into something as stable as the Joomla 1.5 we already know.
Ryan Ozimek, President of Open Source Matters, said this when I was talking to him about the Bug Squad and other groups involving themselves in the release of Joomla 1.6:
Open source projects find their heart and soul in the efforts of their communities and their community leaders. Joomla is no different. I've been impressed to see members of the community come together, especially the Bug Squad, to lead 1.6 to its release date. I'm always in awe by the number of hours members of these teams contribute to the project, and thankful for their hard work.
Different teams have different functions, and operate in different ways.
We have long-standing teams, like the Bug Squad and the Production Leadership Team. We've also seen new ad-hoc teams, like the marketing launch team that was lead by Steve Burge in just the past few days. Each plays a different role, and I think, over time, with the new time-based release cycle, we'll continue to be able to improve in the release process across all layers of the project. It's been impressive to see people come together to rally for this project, I love it!
These are the people of the Joomla Bug Squad:
Adrian Louter, Adrian Victor III Onod, Airton Torres, Amy Stephen, Andrea Tarr, Andrew Eddie, Andy Capiau, Angie Radtke, Anja Hage, Anthony McLin, Antonio Escobar Tizon, Artyom Bisyarin, Benjamin Trenkle, Bill Richardson, Birger Lehner, Boris Baddenoff, Brian Teeman, C. Tapuscrine, Cherif Gouiaa, Chris Davenport, Christophe Demko, Christopher Garvis, Cristina Solana, CY Lee, Dennis Hermacki, Elin Waring, Ercan Ozkaya, Franklin Tse, Gerg? Erd?si, Gobezu Sewu, Hannes Papenberg, Harry Reinhardt, Ian MacLennan, Iszak Bryan, Jacob Waisner, Janich Rasmussen, Jason Pettett, Jean-Marie Simonet, Jen Kramer, Jennifer Marriott, Jeremy Wilken, Jonatas Braganca, Jonnathan S. Lima, Joseph LeBlanc, Kevin Devine, Klas Berli?, Louis Landry, Loyd Headrick, Marijke Stuivenberg, Marius van Rijnsoever, Mark Dexter, Martijn Maandag, Mathavan Jeyadev, Matt Thomas, Michael Babker, Navid Zeraati, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Nikolai Plath, Ole Bang Ottosen, Omar Ramos, Peter Osipof, Phani Kalluri, Phil Snell, Prasit Gebsaap, Radek Suski, Ramindu Deshapriya, Rob Joyce, Rob Schley, Robert Deutz, Roland Dalmulder, Ron Severdia, Ronald de Vries, Ronald Pijpers, Rouven Weßling, Rune Sjøen, Samuel Moffatt, Sander Potjer, Selene Feigl, Sergio Iglesias, Stefania Gaianigo, Steve Burge, Sudhi Seshachala, Thierry Bela, Tim Plummer, Tore Krudtaa, Troy Hall, Tudor Mazilu, Viet Hoang Vu, Zachary Draper.
Thanks to all of the contributors that have made Joomla 1.6 a reality!