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Elin Waring, the president of Open Source Matters , the non-profit that administers the project, said in a post on the Joomla! community portal that targeted fund-raising had enabled the project to pay Louis Landry and Andrew Eddie to each spend one to two days working on Joomla! over the last two months.
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Waring said the assignments given to the pair were specific.
"The impact of Andrew having large blocks of time on an ongoing basis has been highly visible to people who follow development. We've seen fast movement on highly complex challenges in the ACL and other critical infrastructure pieces while he's wide awake.
"In the case of Louis, in addition to writing code, he's been doing important work in reconstructing the development infrastructure (which will be debuting soon) as well as working with the release team, development coordination and being available for consultation with people working on code," she wrote.
The OSM next intends to examine how this impacts on development processes and the functioning of the broader production working group.
"We'll do assessment of this starting in about 8 weeks (mid-January 2010). At the same time we will continue to monitor 1.6 development and the responses of the leadership teams," Waring wrote.
The financial arrangement was strictly a contractual arrangement between OSM and Landry and Eddie, Waring said.
"The intent is that it have no impact on relationships within the Production Leadership Team or between the Production Leadership Team and members of the Production Working Group.," she wrote.
"The development coordinators are the development coordinators, they have certain responsibilities and authority as such, and they still have them.
"Andrew is a committer and member of the Production Working Group. He still is and will continue to work under the direction of the development coordinators.
"Louis is a development coordinator and he'll continue to work in the same way that he has with the other coordinators. In recent debriefings the development coordinators indicated across the board that they are happy with how the experiment is going."
Waring said the OSM welcomed financial support for the initiative and advised anyone who wished to get involved to email the group.