License: GNU GPL v2
Mambo (formerly named Mambo Open Source or MOS) is a free software/open source content management system (CMS) for creating and managing websites through a simple web interface. It has attracted many users due to its ease of use.
Mambo includes advanced features such as page caching to improve performance on busy sites, advanced templating techniques, and a fairly robust API. It can provide RSS feeds and automate many tasks, including web indexing of static pages.
Advanced interface features include printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, forums, polls, calendars, website searching, language internationalization, and many others.
Mambo is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL)Version 2. It is written with the PHP programming language and uses the MySQL database.
As of 24 April 2007, the minimum requirements for Mambo consist of:
* Apache (version 1.3.19 or above) or Windows IIS
* MySQL (version 4.x or above)
* PHP (version 4.3.x or above with extensions: mysql, xml, zlib, ftp)
Mambo is thoroughly tested on Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista. Linux or one of the BSD’s are recommended, but anything else that can run the three pieces of software listed above should work. Additionally, Mambo displays properly in most major browsers: Internet Explorer (version 5.5+), Netscape, Opera and Mozilla/Firefox.
PHP must have been compiled with support for MySQL and Zlib in order to successfully run Mambo. Mambo works on Microsoft IIS, but Apache is recommended for running Mambo on Windows.
The rights to the Mambo CMS codebase, name and copyrights, are protected by the Mambo Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed to support and promote the Mambo Open Source project.
The Mambo Foundation is a non-profit entity established under the laws of Australia. The Foundation is based on Eclipse and GNOME and is controlled by the members of the Foundation via an elected Board of Directors. The Mambo Foundation’s brief is to foster the development of the Mambo system and to shelter the project from threats and misuse. The Foundation was formed in August 2005. The Mambo Foundation also has forums addressing the latest issues within Mambo, including the deployment of Mambo 5.
The next major release of Mambo (5.0) will undertake a complete rewrite, and it will be based upon the open source web application framework CakePHP.
* “Best Free Software Project of the Year” – Linux Format Magazine, 2004
* “Best Linux or Open Source Software” – LinuxUser & Developer 2004
* “Best Open Source Solution” – LinuxWorld, Boston 2005
* “Best of Show – Total Industry Solution” – LinuxWorld, Boston 2005
* “Best Open Source Solution” – LinuxWorld, San Francisco 2005
* “Best Open Source Solution” LinuxWorld, Sydney, Australia 2006