CloudBees donates Jenkins plugins to the community
CloudBees, the company specialising in deploying and supporting the Jenkins continuous integration (CI) software, has announced that it has opened sourced two previously proprietary plugins for Jenkins. Three other plugins are now provided free of charge.
One of the open source plugins allows Jenkins users to prevent errors where the system has opened too many files at the same time by showing them what files are currently open. The other plugin allows users to store credentials in Jenkins that can be accessed by other components via an API. Both plugins are released under permissive open source licences.
Three more plugins remain proprietary but are available free of charge. The Folders Plugin allows Jenkins to create hierarchical folders and taxonomies to better manage jobs and the Backup Scheduling Plugin can be used to duplicate job configurations, build records and system configurations to a cloud service. Finally, the Wasted Minutes Plugin shows developers jobs that are idling due to unavailable executor resources, allowing them to troubleshoot capacity problems.
Jenkins was forked from Oracle's Hudson tool over a trademark dispute in January 2011. It provides a continuous integration system that is aimed primarily at Java developers. Jenkins works with source code management tools such as CVS, SVN, Git, Mercurial and IBM Rational ClearCase.
More information on all of these plugins can be found on the CloudBees web site.