A-Z of computing: J is for Joomla

Joomla is an award-winning open source content management system, used to build websites and online applications. By March this year it had been downloaded 30 million times, and it has 10,000 extensions. It’s the second most popular CMS after WordPress.

Following a tricky split from the original Mambo project, the name Joomla was settled on as an anglicised spelling of the Swahili word jumla, meaning “all together” or “as a whole”, the same ethos as the meaning of the Bantu word ubuntu or uMunthu, which can be translated (loosely) as “I am what I am because of who we all are”, the definition given by Leymah Gbowee. Desmond Tutu describes ubuntu as meaning “A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others”, an ideal philosophy for open source.

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