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03 February 2011, 14:12

First release of Jenkins CI after fork vote

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The Jenkins developers have released the first version of Jenkins since the community voted to fork from the Hudson continuous integration project. The split and re-naming was due to a trademark dispute with Oracle over the Hudson trademark and Oracle's belief that it could tell the community how to run the project because it held that trademark. The most noticeable changes from Hudson in this first Jenkins release are the renaming of the .war archive to jenkins.war, the renaming the "run-as" user to jenkins and the relocation of the library files to /var/lib/jenkins.

Bugs that have been fixed include correction of the crontab handling of "day of week" in some locales, handling disconnections of slaves and correcting permissions on Debian and Red Hat packages. The change log also notes that "a trademark bug that caused a considerable fiasco" has been fixed "by renaming to Jenkins". The new version is available to download as a .war file, .deb package or RPM package for Red Hat or openSUSE. Jenkins is licensed under the MIT licence.

Oracle has announced it is continuing development of Hudson and over the next months aims to "fix high-priority bugs in the current edition of Hudson and formalize a development and release process" giving users more insight into what is changing and when bugs will be fixed. Oracle have some support from Sonatype, a development tools company. Sonatype has announced it will continue to support and invest in Hudson; it did not specify what its relationship with Jenkins would be.


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