Brian Teeman

United Kingdom

With a background in both IT and Social Work, I've been around the Open Source software world since the mid '90s. I co-founded the first UK Linux ISP and helped launch the first Linux distribution targeted at the UK. As one of the founders of Joomla! and prior to that a Core Team member of Mambo I have experience working on Joomla! powered web sites for clients big and small. In 2005 I was honoured with an award for "UK Individual Contribution to Open Source Software" the first and only winner not to be a programmer and in 2009 the readers of ComputerWeekly chose my blog as the Open source in business blog of the year. I've presented on Joomla! and Internet related subjects all across the world to audiences from one to five hundred. No audience scares me although one or two have given me a fright.

Team Position Role Date Started Date Ended
Security Strike Team Member Oct 2016 Dec 2016
CMS Maintenance Team Member Aug 2016 Jan 2019
Joomla! World Conference Team Member Oct 2011 Dec 2012
Extensions Directory Team Member Nov 2013 Jan 2016
en-GB User Interface Text Team Team Leader Team Leader Jan 2015 Apr 2017
Bug Squad Member Nov 2014 Sep 2023

How did you get involved in Joomla!? Back in 2002, I was looking for a database driven Open Source application to build a web site for a local charity, but everything I found was like phpnuke and designed to have comments on every article. After struggling for a while, and almost giving up, I saw an announcement on for a beta release of something called Mambo. The name Mambo meant nothing to me but I recognised the name of the person making the announcement, Robert Castley, as a customer of the ISP that I was operating. So I took a quick look at his personal site on our servers, saw something I liked, picked up the telephone and spoke to Robert and that, as they say, is history. I am involved in Joomla! because… …Joomla!, and true Free and Open Source Software, are a unique experience and opportunity in today's world. It provides the opportunity for people of all abilities to work together to share skills and experiences to produce something better that we can all freely benefit from. Henri de Saint-Simon advocated a society “based upon cooperation and technological progress, which would be capable of eliminating poverty” and I consider “poverty” as not just a lack of money but a lack of opportunity. Complete the sentence “Joomla! rocks the world because… …it is the only true community driven Free and Open Source web site building software. It provides those with limited funds or technical knowledge the opportunity to present themselves to the wider world on an equal footing.”

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