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July 31st, 2007, 01:43 PM
Hey guys. I thought I would post my favorite linux app for web site hosting. It's called Mambo Portal. http://www.mamboserver.com

Check out the online demo.

It's a preconfigured website that has different themes and is based on php and has a mysql server running in the background. It's easy to set up and has a great interface for someone without web design experience like myself. I recommend checking it out of you have an old computer sitting around. I used to use it with slackware and it was the bomb.

July 31st, 2007, 02:54 PM
What I can't seem to understand is why the Joomla people forked from Mambo. As far as I know, Mambo is GPL, yet they split because of fears of closing the sources? I am confused.

Also, those interested in Mambo could use it on a free LAMP hosting package, it's much more easier than running it by yourself (you don't have to set up LAMP at all, it's already set for you and you don't need an extra machine). Slackware might be scary for new users, and AFAIK Ubuntu Server has an easy way to set up LAMP.

Click here (http://opensourcecms.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=149) for a demo of Mambo.

July 31st, 2007, 03:15 PM
Mambo is really old now :), the new project (started from mambo with old mambo devs) is called joomla and the 1.5 version is going to be released soon :

About the mambo and joomla story it is a long and weird story with a lot of mistery from the mambo team (they never really explained the reason of the crisis for "legal reasons") .

And joomla is also open source :) :

July 31st, 2007, 04:31 PM
I personally prefer Drupal which is based on PHP, uses mySQL and is open source :)


July 31st, 2007, 06:59 PM
Mambo was closed source when it started out. It became open source and was GPLed. After about a year, something like eleven out of the twelve developers wrote a letter to the parent company, telling them they would fork the code because they felt that none of the development ideas they were working on were being accepted into the upstream code.

The code was GPLed, but the community was not part of any development. This is a good example of when to fork. Joomla now has a healthy development community while Mambo is, as Frodon said, old.

I, too, prefer Drupal. I just was not able to learn how to use Mambo/Joomla. As well, I think all the Mambo/Joomla sites I have ever seen all look the same... Is that so, or is it just that I haven't seen a good example?

July 31st, 2007, 07:33 PM
BTW i always wondered if joomla and drupal were as powerful each other, unfortunately for me i only know joomla so i honestly don't know the answer.
I choosed joomla for my website at the time because it seemed really powerfull (it is really) and with a big community.

It's basicaly what i like with joomla, strong and powerful extensions (like community builder and the new born fireboard (native joomla forum)) and ease of use but i guess that, seing how much users are using drupal , it should be the same for drupal.

Can someone bring some insight on this ?

July 31st, 2007, 08:21 PM
When I get my own webhost for my currently nonexistant site, I'll probably use Joomla, merged with SMF boards, and with Jinzora integrated with the front page.
Yeah, it'd be awesome if I ever choose to start a Christian teen community. If not, that's ok.

August 6th, 2007, 06:41 PM
I tried Joomla once and I wanted to make a theme which I created on my hard disk. Looked at the default one. What?! All this PHP code really confused me. In Drupal theming is much easier. Drupal only requires simple PHP code even for complex layouts.