Oracle today announced it will donate the Hudson continuous integration server project and the trademarks associated with it to the Eclipse Foundation.

January and February were a volatile time for Hudson. Oracle’s assertion that it owned the trademark to the Hudson name caused a community fork, called Jenkins.

Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president of Oracle tools and middleware, said that this move will help ensure Hudson continues to advance without the fear of commercial intervention on the part of Oracle. The actual move of the code and trademark will not occur until the Hudson community has a chance to chime in on the proposal to move to Eclipse, he said.

Additionally, some of the Hudson code will have to be modified, as portions of the project are licensed under the LGPL, a license the Eclipse Foundation does not work with. Once those portions of code are rewritten, the project will be entirely licensed under the Eclipse Public License.

Moving to a new license is just one of the logistical problems that will have to be solved for the move to be successful. “The biggest change for us is moving from JIRA to Bugzilla,” said Farrell. “The logistics will take a couple months to do. Right now, we have a 30-day review period. We need to clean up the licenses.

“The good news is that, out of the box, VMware is going to contribute a full-time committer, and TaskTop will be doing the same thing. The project’s corporate sponsors will also include Intuit and IBM. We think the inconvenience of moving is well worth it.”

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