Well, just in case you haven't seen the breaking news over at the official site I'll update the mambers here...
After recent negotiations with Miro (the company that created Mambo) the core dev team have announced that the official name will now change from "Mambo Open Source" to plain Mambo.
So the popular term for our favourite CMS, MOS, will now be phased out. Everyone will have to change their terminology and their site and software names to reflect this change to "reduce confusion":
Originally Posted by Lil Devil
A great strength of the 'Mambo' brand is in it's name, and this move will ensure our product is not diluted in any way and will reduce the confusion for many when faced with Mambo, Mambo Open Source, MOS etc. The renaming will start to take place with immediate effect and will take a couple of weeks to rollout completely.
We, therefore, ask you the community to support us is this move and also make the necessary changes to your references, bookmarks, sites etc.
Now, risking flames and such, there are a couple of points I'd like to make about this decision.
It is true that a great strength of the Mambo brand is in it's name, that name is Mambo Open Source (MOS). The Miro version was differentiated by being called plain Mambo CMS, and as they haven't changed their name I can see there being some confusion between the "REAL" Mambo (MOS) as Robert put it and the commercial Mambo. At the moment MOS is a CMS, so it would be known as Mambo CMS, as is Miro's Mambo.
OK, if that's not confusing I don't know what is.
The other thing is that this is supposed to reduce confusion between the different 'flavours' of Mambo (there are only two current Mambos). Well, when 5.0 comes out our Mambo will become known more as a Web Application Framework than a CMS, so indirectly this will provide free advertising for Miro's commercial CMS.
If that's hard to follow, I'll put it like this. Joe Blog hears about the wonders of Mambo and decides to use it as his CMS, after checking out 5.0 he decides it has too many features and he chooses Miro's Mambo CMS instead as it is focussed on being a content management system and that is all.
Don't get me wrong, I don't oppose this decision, I just think that it will be a while before this move reduces confusion.
Who knows maybe there are more decisions being made behind closed doors regarding Miro's Mambo, it would be nice if the vast community supporting this project had been consulted on such a big move.
I know some of you may be thinking I'm being petty, pedantic or attacking Robert or the core team. That's not my motivation. A name change, even if it seems small, is a big change. I'm just another concerned mamber of the community.