Fleury Sends Warning to Oracle

JBoss Creator Condemns Oracle Over Hudson Trademark Spat

Jessica Thornsby

JBoss creator makes it clear where he stands on the Hudson/Jenkins divide.

Creator of JBoss Marc Fleury has posted his thoughts on the latest in a string
of controversies centred on Oracle. After Oracle
blocked the Hudson community
from migrating to GitHub, and
following unsuccessful discussions between prominent Hudson
community members and Oracle representatives, it was proposed that
the Hudson community should fork/rename the project ‘Jenkins
in order to escape the restrictions of the Oracle-owned
trademark.

“It seems Oracle has declared open season on Open Source java
and is trying to bully its way,” Fleury says. Indeed, Oracle have
been making headlines for all the wrong reasons since they acquired
Sun, with a recent spat between Oracle and the OpenOffice.org
community, which resulted in the creation of LibreOffice, and

Apache’s departure from the JCP
.

Fleury warns that since Hudson is licensed as open source and
the majority of the work is done outside of the company, Oracle
trying to stake a claim on the project is a dangerous move: “a
community without its community of developers is an empty vessel,
and Oracle is about to learn this lesson.”. He admits Sun was not
without its problems, but it seems Oracle have decided “that all
java assets were to be monetized and therefore there seems to be
crackdown going on in the java open source community.” Oracle’s
heavy-handed execution of this policy, coupled with their
controversial talk of trademark and ownership of an open source
project are, for Fleury, clear indications that Oracle have no
plans to follow Sun’s “benevolent dictatorship” leadership
style.

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