Oracle has submitted a proposal to the Eclipse Foundation to create a Hudson project in Eclipse and contribute the Hudson core code to that project. Hudson is a industry-leading open source "continuous integration" (CI) server that increases productivity by coordinating and monitoring executions of repeated jobs, making it easier for developers to integrate changes to the project and for users to obtain a fresh build.
As part of the process, Oracle will transfer the Hudson trademark and the Hudson-ci.org domain name to the Eclipse Foundation. Under the new proposal, Oracle will be the project lead with Sonatype, Tasktop, and VMware as initial contributors. Other companies are also listed as project supporters. Oracle will solicit feedback from the Hudson community to make sure its opinions are heard before any proposal is finalized.
"Hudson has become an important tool for many software developers and is widely used within the Eclipse community," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "We believe Oracle's proposal to make Hudson an Eclipse project is an important next step in expanding the adoption and usage of Hudson. The Eclipse Foundation provides a vendor-neutral community that allows any company or individual to participate in the community, makes it possible for any company to commercialize Hudson, and institutes the processes to ensure the production quality and intellectual property due diligence required for large-scale enterprise deployments."
After careful review of the options and talking with many of Oracle's customers and partners, said Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president, Tools and Middleware, Oracle, "We believe that contributing Hudson to the Eclipse Foundation is the best way to ensure its growth and continued success."
"This is the best possible outcome for the Hudson community - it gives the project a new path forward that benefits the entire Hudson ecosystem, especially its users. We applaud Oracle for moving Hudson to the Eclipse Foundation where collaboration between open source project developers and commercial organizations has had a long, successful history of producing the highest quality solutions," added Jason van Zyl, founder and CTO of Sonatype. "The Foundation's open source model and services create an environment that fosters collaboration and accelerates innovation without risk. We look forward to continuing our work with Oracle, the Eclipse Foundation and the Hudson developer community to help drive the evolution of Hudson into a scalable, reliable and high-performance enterprise-class offering."