Eclipse-bound?

Vert.x likely to head to Eclipse Foundation

Chris Mayer
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The polyglot asynchronous framework looks set to take up residence at Eclipse, following intense community discussion.

Following an intense back and forth community debate, the
new home for asynchronous framework
Vert.x look set to be the
Eclipse Foundation.

Project creator Tim Fox’s recommendation comes after ten days
of in-depth discussion on

Vert.x’s Google Group
, in which noted open
source advocates discussed the merits of neutral
foundations.

After dismissing the option of forking Vert.x, Fox opted for
Eclipse over the Apache Software Foundation, considering them to be
“a little more business friendly” and in line with

Vert.x’s aspirations of getting “a foothold in large
enterprises”.

The future of the project, seen as a JVM alternative to
node.js, lay uncertain at the beginning of January, after Fox moved
from VMware (
which sponsored the
project) to rival Red Hat. VMware lawyers handed a letter to Fox in
person, demanding him to waive the
IP
rights to the projects, including the domain, Github
repository and blog.

VMware’s heavy-handed approach didn’t go down well with
committers initially. Red Hat VP Mark Little calmed fears in a
joint statement soon after,
stating that
the two parties were “discussing various options, including whether
to move the project to an open source software
foundation.”

Since then, numerous luminaries in software
development  have had their say
via Vert.x’s mailing list, including Eclipse’s
Director Mike Milinkovich, Apache President Jim Jagielski and
Kohsuke Kawaguchi, the creator of CI server Hudson, who went
through a

similar dilemma in 2011
.

A mudslinging and point scoring match between open source
foundations was avoided, with several playing their part in a
thoughtful thread fleshing out the intricate details that Vert.x
would need to go through if they Fox chose a neutral foundation.
One such problem would be moving Vert.x from an Apache License to
an Eclipse Public License.

Little agreed with Fox’s recommendation for Eclipse, whereas
VMware still haven’t responded at the time of writing.

UPDATE: On January 22nd, Tim Fox gave the green
light for vert.x
to move to the Eclipse Foundation
 after, VMware confirmed
they were happy with the transfer to proceed. Plans are now in
action for the project to move across in the
‘Moving to Eclipse’ thread
, instigated by Eclipse director Mike
Milinkovich. A resolution is in sight.

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