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06 May 2009, 11:36

Nagios forks to ICINGA

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cropped-header_banner_old.jpg.jpeg A group of Nagios application and extension developers, frustrated by the lack of a roadmap or progress for Nagios, the open source monitoring package, have created the ICINGA fork.

Nagios is widely used as a component of other monitoring and management packages and according to the "Why a fork?" posting on the new ICINGA site, a rift between the Nagios community and Nagios Enterprises over the future development of Nagios has prompted the launching of ICINGA. Slow integration of community patches was one long standing problem, but according to ICINGA, community projects and companies who worked with Nagios were being asked to change their names or transfer domains to Nagios Enterprises.

The team behind ICINGA, including Michael Luebben, Hendrik Bäcker and Joerg Linge, all members of the Nagios Community Board, are promising that ICINGA will be fully compatible with the preceding version of Nagios. What they aim to do with ICINGA is to fix long standing bugs, make improvements to database integration and standardise the API for third party add ons. They expect to make the first release of ICINGA code by the end of May and a first stable version is planned for the end of October. ICINGA will be licensed under the GPL and developers and users are invited to become involved in the development.

According to the FAQ, ICINGA is a Zulu word meaning "it looks for","it browses" or "it examines".


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