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01 December 2010, 17:22

Unhappy with Oracle: Hudson looks for a new home

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Hudson Butler Logo Dissatisfied with the infrastructure at Oracle's project hosting web site, the developers of the Hudson Continuous Integration technology are considering finding a new home at GitHub. The developers appear to have been unhappy for a while, and it seems that their dissatisfaction continues, although Oracle, after taking over Sun, soon started to migrate the Java portal to the more modern Kenai infrastructure.

As a result of the, probably not entirely trouble-free, migration, the Hudson team moved its issue tracking system, while initially leaving the source code. Then, the project's mailing list was moved to Google, and finally the developers proposed to migrate the code to GitHub, the project hosting portal that supports the Git version control system. All of these events, described in a blog posting entitled "Who's driving this thing?", seem to have happened a bit too fast for Oracle's liking.

Ted Farrell, Senior Vice President of Oracle's "Tools and Middleware" division, even went so far as to point out to the community that Oracle owns the trademark to the name, and that the project would need to use a different name for a fork. The executive said that moving to GitHub isn't necessary because Kenai also supports Git. In Farrell's opinion, it is important for Hudson that the project retains its close connections with the Java community via the portal. If the comments made in response to the above blog posting are anything to go by, the community does seem to be in favour of forking to GitHub. There, a recent addition called HudsonLabs already offers various plug-ins for Hudson.


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