Hudson Vs. Oracle

Hudson To Become Jenkins?

Jessica Thornsby

Andrew Bayer proposes moving the Hudson project and renaming it Jenkins, to escape Oracle trademark.

Towards the end of 2010, Oracle ruffled yet more feathers,

this time in the Hudson community
. Oracle asserted that they
owned the ‘Hudson’ trademark, in order to prevent the Hudson
community from moving the project to GitHub, following some
problems the community were experiencing with the
migration. Before the GitHub move could go ahead, Oracle stepped in
and announced that, as they owned the Hudson trademark, the
community were not free to migrate the project onto a different
infrastructure and still keep the Hudson branding. This did not go
down well with the community, although Kohsuke, CloudBees CEO Sacha
Labourey and Andrew Bayer did enter into talks with Winston
Prakash, Oracle manager Denis Tyrell and Ted Farrell, regarding the

Now, it seems those talks have come to a conclusion. Bayer has
posted a blog revealing that, although they
worked with Oracle to reach agreements on issues such as project
infrastructure, code review policy and governance structure, they
could not agree on the trademark issue. In his blog, Bayer refers
to the knowledge that Oracle own the rights to the name Hudson as
“living under a sword of Damocles.” Now, he proposes taking Hudson
and renaming it ‘Jenkins’ in order to free themselves from “the
burden of Oracle’s ownership of its name.” The team have already
begun the process of registering domains and Twitter users under
this new moniker, and Kohsuke intends to register the trademark for
Jenkins in his name, ultimately transferring ownership of the
trademark to the umbrella of the Software Freedom

Furthermore, the team plan to move the infrastructure off
Oracle-owned and Oracle-hosted severs, and rename existing
independent components of the infrastructure, so they no longer use
the term ‘Hudson.’ While the new project is finding its feet, an
interim governance board consisting of three members will be
instated. This board will comprise of Bayer, Kohsuke and, if Oracle
decide to get involved in Jenkins, Oracle engineer Winston Prakash.
Bayer proposes that, following an initial 3-6 month period,
elections will be held to determine new board members.

But, they do not wish to make this move alone: “Obviously, such a
move could not be undertaken without the agreement and support of
the Hudson community. We believe this proposal is the best choice
for the project in the situation it’s currently in, but we aren’t
closing off discussion, questions, etc, and we encourage your
feedback and comments. If there’s anything you need clarified,
please ask and we’ll do our best to answer.”

According to the blog, Oracle will present their own proposal for
Hudson continuing as an Oracle product. “I encourage you to read it
when it becomes available and weigh it accordingly,” says Bayer.
After Oracle’s proposal has been issued, Bayer will run a poll to
determine the position of the community. He also extends an offer
for Oracle to work with them on the Jenkins project, although it
will be “on equal terms with all other contributors.”

So, is this a fork? Bayer attempts to make a distinction between a
fork, and a renaming of an existing project. He presents Jenkins as
a renaming rather than a fork, as Kohsuke is working at Jenkins
which, to Bayer at least, makes Jenkins “the true home and the
future of the project.”

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