There’s quite a few Joomla! developers that don’t like Windows much. Most of them prefer Mac OSX, but what they don’t realize is that their favorite CMS has a lot in common with Windows (the operating system). That’s especially true when you start to compare the versions of Joomla! with the different versions of Windows. Prepare yourself for a shocking comparison.
Joomla 1.0 = Windows 2000
Joomla 1.0 and Windows 2000 have one thing in common: they’re both dead. While both played their roles in history, they were successfully replaced by the other, newest version. If you’re using either one of these versions, you’re using unsupported software. Good luck with that.
Joomla 1.5 = Windows XP
You can say about (any) Windows (OS) what you want, but Windows XP pretty much dominated the market. It was widely accepted by businesses. It was installed on plenty of home computers. People were pretty pleased with Windows XP. It did everything they wanted, and it did it well. There were plenty of applications to choose from, people easily found their way in Windows XP, everyone knew how to develop fully functioning programs for the OS, and the hardware vendors could rely on a “stable” OS.
Much like Windows XP, Joomla 1.5 became very popular. It was adapted by most of the people (except a few nut jobs who are still running on 1.0) and there are tons of applications available for Joomla 1.5. Business know they can rely on Joomla! 1.5 because it’s pretty stable, so they build their websites with Joomla! 1.5. Or they have people build websites for them. Either way, it’s commonly accepted that Joomla 1.5 is a solid product.
And then came Vista / 1.6
While people were happily working with Joomla 1.5 or Windows XP, the well-paid developers were working on the next, hotter version. There was only one problem. It was taking longer than they expected. Tests indicated that the “newest and greatest” wasn’t quite stable yet. Experts said it might not be a good idea to push the software on the market. Beta testers said they didn’t quite trust this new version yet.
And yet, both the people in charge of building Windows Vista and Joomla 1.6 decided that they couldn’t wait anymore. They decided to launch their software anyway, despite obvious problems that would rise.
Needless to say, that didn’t turn out well. Windows Vista was a disaster. Building applications had become unneccesarely difficult, because of backwards compatibility issues with Windows XP. Which happened to be the most popular OS at that time.The ACL was a joke, which no-one fully understood – so most people just turned it off. Business users weren’t too eager to adapt Windows Vista – they weren’t deaf for the problems surrounding the latest and greatest.
We’re seeing the same disappointment right now with Joomla! 1.6. People are hesitant to adopt the latest and greatest, because they keep hearing about problems. And because they’re attached to their extensions that used to work just fine, but which are now often simply not available. Because the developers are still trying to figure out how to tackle the problems 1.6 brought with it.
It’s no surprise to see that the businesses (this could be people in the market for a website, or people building websites) are very hesitant to roll out Joomla! 1.6. Most of them just don’t consider it to be stable enough.
Joomla 1.7 = Windows 7
This comparison might not be completely fair, because Joomla! 1.7 has always been planned. What they do have in common, is that they’re a “bridge” between two versions. An additional step, which is hard to explain to many people.
Why was Windows 7 launched? Because Windows Vista was a disaster. It was damage control by Microsoft, and it seems to have worked. They managed to save some souls, while preparing for the next “real” version of Windows, which for now is referred to as Windows 8.
I’m not saying that Joomla! 1.7 is about “damage control”. But, like Windows 7, it’s not the “real” next Joomla. It’s an “in-between version.” One that the masses might skip, knowing that the “real” next OS is around the corner. Windows 8 or Joomla! 1.8
Joomla 1.8 = Windows 8
Little is known about these two, but they’ve already got one thing in common. They’re the next, full-fledged version of their software. The ones you’ll want to build your business around. The version which, hopefully, the masses will embrace. Which they’ll accept for their business. Which they’ll recommend to others, which they’ll build their business around.
Only one thing is certain: if the XP generation / Joomla 1.5 crew doesn’t make the step to either one of the “8’s” they might be lost for Microsoft / Joomla! forever.
Comments are always welcome. This post was written on WordPress, which is the Mac OSX of all CMS’es: easy to use and good looking, but it doesn’t quite have all the apps that Windows / Joomla! does
Edit: As @nonumber_nl pointed out, that does mean Drupal = Linux