apples and pears

There is currently a discussion on slashdot titled "Open Source Usability — Joomla! Vs. WordPress". In the article the author asks if either of these are better that the other for usability.

Unfortunately it has degenerated into the typical argument on slashdot, "my software is better than your software" with a smattering of people who once tried the software in the dim and distant past pronouncing judgement as if they are the ultimate authority.

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Wow - its been a year since the last release of Joomla 1.0!

Whilst all new development has taken place in the 1.5 and soon to be released 1.6, Joomla 1.0 is officially still a "live release" for a few more months now.

So what does this mean?

Well to me at least it means that the joomla 1.0 codebase is rock solid with no known security issues for 365 days.

There aren't many open source content management systems, or any open source software projects, that can say that.

Or are there?

I don't know why but in the last few weeks I have seen a growing number of extension developers write code like this.

if (!is_dir($dstdir)) {
chmod($dstdir, 0777);

It is hard enough educating users not to do this without extension developers doing it for them.

There is no need ever to chmod 777 anything!!