Contributed by: Dirk Sunday, March 07 2010 @ 05:00 pm EST
Three months from now, Geeklog will celebrate its 10th birthday. If you've never done it before, you may want to scroll down to the end of the history file that ships with Geeklog and look at the first entry there, dated June 17, 2000.
A lot has changed in those 10 years. Lots of new CMS have sprung up. Some have disappeared again, others have overtaken Geeklog. But despite claims to the contrary, we are still here, alive and kicking. Another thing that hasn't changed is our focus on security. Geeklog's original author, Jason Whittenburg, wrote it for a security portal after all. This heritage has always been our guideline in developing Geeklog, sometimes (as some may say) even to the point of inconveniencing our users for the sake of security. Geeklog provides a feature set comparable to that of other CMS, but security was always the feature that would set us apart.
So we've decided to (finally) reflect that in our slogan as well. After some brainstorming on the geeklog-devel mailing list, the winning entry was
Geeklog - The secure CMS.
Yes, that's a bold claim. And we fully expect that someone out there will see that as a challenge. We're aiming high and we're confident that with the help of our great user community we'll achieve the goal implicit in this new slogan.
In other news, we will be applying to participate in the Google Summer of Code[*1] again this year. Our ideas list[*2] is already up, if you want to take a look. Applications for organizations start on Monday (March 8) and the list of selected organizations will be published on March 18.
We have also decided to switch Geeklog to a bi-annual release cycle from now on, with major releases coming out in April and November. So we won't be sitting here twiddling our thumbs waiting for whether we're going to be in GSoC 2010 or not. Instead, we're going to wrap up development of the next Geeklog version and expect to have a beta version for you by the end of this month. The feature set for this upcoming version hasn't been quite finalised yet - more details soon.