History overview

Its not easy to gather all facts correctly as the first developers are not available. So the following was determined by Thomas Finnern in the files or told from lately active developers.

  • 2001 Ronald Smit started the creation of rsgallery for mambo around 2001. Therefore the first gallery is called rsgallery. 
  • In 2005 Daniël Tulp, Jonah Braun, Ronald Smit, Tomislav Ribicic started the second version of rsgallery2
  • ??? 2008xx.xx  Creation of Joomla 1.0 ??
  • ??? 200x.xx.xx  Creation of Joomla 1.5 ??
    • There were a lot of "futuristic" functions in the code like user templates to load so when the new Joomla 1.5 structure was introduced It was very hard to
    • Some developers left
  • 20xx Code was adjusted to run under new versions 1.5 -2.5++ but no real development was done.
  • 2015 Start of redevelop of RSGallery in 3.X style
  • 2017 Backend nearly finished

The beginning

Ronald Smit started the creation of rsgallery for mambo around 2001. Therefor is is called rsgallery. 

He hints in 2004 that his relationship with rsgallery is three years so it started all in 2001. The oldest copyright inside the actual files is from 2003. 

Mambo is the predessor to joomla see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mambo_(software) started in 2000 and published as open source in 2001. After a disagreement with the open source developers it was forked in 2005 and named Joomla with Version 1.0. 

For mambo there are only modules or plugins to be found. The german web site http://www.joomlaos.de/ has still some download files from the mambo times. There are plugins and modules but no original download. This leads to the assumption that RSGallery (without a 2 ) could be directly downloaded on his web page http://rsdev.nl

Surprisingly the changelog tells a different story

2005 Jonah Braun
 + major reorganization of code
----- RSGallery2 for Joomla! started by Tomislav Ribicic, Jonah Braun circa. 2005-08-17 -----
----- Maintaince and enhancements by Andy "Troozers" Stewart, Richard Foster -----
----- Original RSGallery for Mambo created by Ronald Smit circa. 2004-03-01 -----

Start of RSGallery2

In 2005 Daniël Tulp, Jonah Braun, Ronald Smit, Tomislav Ribicic started the second version of rsgallery2. If it was a fork or in consent with Ronald Smit is not clear. From 2006 he is again in the development with the others ...


The website RSGallery2.net 

Jonah Braun hosted the Udomain RSGallery2.net with 

Creation Date: 2005-08-22 18:04:10 Expiration Date: 2010-08-22 00:00:00
until 2010-09-24 where it "petered" out 


2010-09-28 Protected Domain Services Customer ID: NCP-148293543

2010-11-27 Protected Domain Services Customer ID: NCR-2872671


Books listed were found in the internet or bought.

There may be more to be found


Mastering Mambo from Tobias Hauser, Christian Wenz


 The RSGallery project is one of the most frequently downloaded Mambo projects. On one hand , this is due to the quality of this project maintained by Ronald Smit, on the other hand, because of the tremendous popularity of picture galleries


Professional Joomla! fom Dan Rahmel


The RSGallery2 extension is the most highly rated native gallery extension and is very rich in features.
It provides professional gallery and image management, integrated access control with Joomla’s user
The RSGallery2 extension (see Figure4-21) is written for native-Joomla execution. The rendered HTML
and CSS are standards-compliant. It also has complete support of Joomfish for language display. It can
even manage Flash content!registration system, and availability in almost two dozen languages.


To be continued

The story doesn't end here and all haven't be told yet ....