The drama continues

Red Hat, VMware promise to play nice over Vert.x

Elliot Bentley
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But creator Tim Fox says a “complete breakdown of trust” with his former employer means a fork may still be imminent.

Red Hat and VMware have pledged to work together to ensure that Vert.x remains active and under the leadership of its creator Tim Fox.

It comes 36 hours after Fox, who recently left VMware for Red Hat, informed the Vert.x mailing list that he had been told to hand over IP rights to his former employer and that talks between the companies had “failed to come to a better solution”.

In response to a community outcry on the mailing list and social networks, a joint statement was posted by Red Hat VP Mark Little in conjunction with Alexis Richardson, Senior Director of VMware, insisting that both companies were “still very much in active discussion regarding how best to support the Vert.x project going forwards”.

Tim’s continued status as project lead is something that both companies feel is an essential component to the success of the project.  We see no reason for this to change and wish to assure everyone on that point.

With the benefit of the support from *both* Red Hat and VMware we agree that the Vert.x project has an excellent opportunity to continue to build on its popularity and successes to date and have an exciting 2013.

Little, who represents Red Hat on the Eclipse Foundation’s Executive Board, later added that the Foundation was “somewhere we have experience and I feel it could be a good home for vert.x”.

Soon after, Fox began a new thread titled “The future of the Vert.x project” discussing the possibility of forking the project or moving it to a neutral foundation. Fox said his preferred option is a “Netty-style solution” whereby VMware provides a license for the Vert.x name.

However, he added that there had been “an almost complete breakdown of trust and communication between myself and VMW due the recent actions and subsequent behind the scenes political actions by certain parties”.

Little’s post was preempted by VMware employee Guillaume Laforge, writing on the mailing list in a personal capacity, who urged: “let’s all be patient and not judge anybody without knowing the whole story :-)”, adding: “you only heard Tim’s vision of the story”.

Fox replied that “the post I made is RHT’s point of view, it is _not_ my personal opinion, and was fully approved and vetted by RHT before it went out”.

At the time of writing, community members were still actively debating how to resolve the issue – although it appears Vert.x’s fate now ultimately lies in the hands of VMware.

Photo by AndYaDontStop.

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