Oracle fails to keep Hudson creator's trust
The dispute between Oracle and the Hudson community over control of the open source continuous integration (CI) software has become more divisive as Oracle says it does not plan to give up its ownership of the trademark. Oracle's Ted Farrell, chief architect for tools and middleware, said in a blog posting that Oracle was intent on retaining control of the trademark "to ensure stability and consistency to Hudson users". He also proposed that anyone who took the hudson-ci.war, the core library of Hudson, unmodified, could call the result Hudson even if it was shipped with "as many extensions and plugins as you like". But, if the core library of Hudson was a modified version of Oracle's definition, then a developer would have to change the name to something else.
Kohsuke Kawaguchi, creator of Hudson, said that this proposal merely "reinforced that our concerns were legitimate and what we feared is already happening". In a blog posting he noted that Oracle intended to change the way the project is run and to unilaterally control issues such as source control management and bug trackers. Since Kawaguchi left Oracle, he noted that Oracle had contributed less than one per cent of the commits to the project and this was not sufficient to claim control. He reinstated his earlier call to rename the Hudson project to Jenkins, move the new project under the Software Freedom Conservancy and develop a new governance model for the CI project with a freely available trademark. A vote on the plan is being organised within the Hudson community.