As has been pointed out on TSS a number of times, Hudson - the CI tool - has been claimed by Oracle as its property. The independent developers are trying to fork it into another project, and are hoping for the community's voice in the matter.
Kohsuke has put out a call for votes:
When the representative of Oracle says it to my face that I should just go find something else to work on, or that I need to immediately stop making [infrastructure] changes or the next email I will receive will be from their lawyers, or when you hear him describe me as a hurdle to the community, I think writing on the wall is pretty clear to me.
As such, regardless of the outcome of the vote, I find it very unlikely that I can continue to contribute to the Hudson project, and thus I will move on on Jenkins. I can’t control what others do, but I can at least decide what I personally do. While days leading up has been rather hard on me emotionally, now that I made up my mind, I actually feel good (besides, it’s such a nice day in San Jose today.) I’m confident that many key core and plugin contributors (who has made Hudson what it is today) will join me, and I hope users will follow us too (which is the other part of what made Hudson what it is today.)
What I’d like to ask the broader Hudson community is to have your voice heard and give us your support by voting. That you want to be with us. It lets us maintain the continuity of the project, it gives us legitimacy, and it sends a singal to the unaware silent majority which way they should follow. It’s the best way to maintain our community.
One way to vote is:
- Join the Hudson google group (hudson-dev).
- Send an email to hudson-jenkins-vote at googlegroups dot com with "A" in the title if you favor renaming to "Jenkins," or "B" if Oracle has commanded you to continue the status quo like a good little robot.
Simple stuff, and worthwhile, even if you vote to maintain the status quo. Democracy in action, you might say.
More complete instructions can be found here.