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A brief update

R. Tyler Croy
R. Tyler Croy
December 1, 2010

Let me be the first to say thank you all for your overwhelming support for Hudson and the work we’ve been doing. The Hudson community in general has always been incredibly supportive and friendly, but the outpouring of support from friends and users who’ve not previously spoken up has been awe inspiring.

That said, let’s get down to business. As I covered yesterday there is some bubbling frustration within the developer community regarding some project infrastructure decisions and Oracle’s reactions to them. If you can’t spare the time to read that novel of a blog post, the extremely shortened version is: devs want to move codebase to GitHub, Oracle disagrees and claims to have final say (hijinks ensue).

While there is still a lot unresolved, several of the core contributors are debating and weighing our options for moving forward in a way that best suits Hudson both as a project and community. In the next couple days, Kohsuke or Andrew will be proposing a course of action for the community after some of the options have been fully vetted. Please bear in mind that Hudson is a very big project with some fairly unique needs. We have hundreds of contributors committing either to core or the plugins, we release core once a week with plugin releases occurring to the tune of 20-40 updates a week. We’ve been pinging folks who work with various foundations and major open source projects to make sure we’re covering all our bases to make sure distractions like this don’t come up again for the foreseeable future.

Due to issues with MySQL, Java, OpenOffice/LibreOffice, there is clearly a lot of anti-Oracle emotion out there right now, but I want to make sure that it’s clear that this is not about "Us versus Oracle."

Our goal isn’t to "stick it to the man," that doesn’t help make Hudson any better.

Our goal is to foster the kind of community that we all want to participate in, and to build and improve the best continuous integration server available.

Stay tuned :) ---

About the author

R. Tyler Croy

R. Tyler Croy

R. Tyler Croy has been part of the Jenkins project for the past seven years. While avoiding contributing any Java code, Tyler is involved in many of the other aspects of the project which keep it running, such as this website, infrastructure, governance, etc.