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28 January 2009, 09:20

Jetty proposes to Eclipse

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The Jetty project has now formally proposed to join the Eclipse project. Greg Wilkins has previously discussed the potential move to place the open source Java HTTP server and servlet container under the umbrella of the Eclipse project, and now the formal proposal has been made. The proposal notes that the Eclipse IDE already uses Jetty to serve help pages and that Jetty is a mature project and technology. The plan involves moving Jetty from its Apache 2.0 license to a dual Apache 2.0/Eclipse Public Licence model and moving the package name to an org.eclipse name, during the transition.

The changes would move the Jetty focus, from providing a bundled application stack, to providing a set of components for embedding HTTP services into other applications. The proposal also wants to open a discussion over the handling of the OSGI HTTP service in Equinox and assisting with the maintenance of that module, but explicitly says that Jetty will not switch internally to the OSGI model, preferring to stay as a widely configurable POJO (Plain Old Java Object). The timetable for the process sees the Jetty code in the Eclipse repository by the end of February and the debut of Jetty v7 at JavaOne in June.


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