At Node Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday, Joyent announced that it would begin creating a Node.js Foundation. This new foundation will take ownership of the trademark for Node.js, and will inherit the entirety of Joyent’s Node directory on GitHub. This directory is where the code for the core Node.js runtime resides.
The move brought cheers from the audience at Node Summit, and Node.js project lead TJ Fontaine said that there is still a lot to figure out about the foundation.
“The rules are still being created. I definitely will be participating in the technical steering committee,” he said. He added that there will be many committees driven by the new foundation, and that they will require both business participants and developer participants.
The Node.js Foundation will begin life with some high-profile members: Fidelity, IBM, Microsoft and PayPal have all agreed to join. Also, the Linux Foundation has agreed to advise on the structure of the foundation, hinting that the Node.js Foundation will closely resemble the Linux Foundation in form and function.
Joe McCann, CEO and cofounder of enterprise Node training and tools company NodeSource, felt that Joyent’s move to relinquish control will give the Node.js community what it has been after.
“There’s a very strong community aspect that has existed around Node, and that is finally being embraced,” he said. “Frankly, it’s a great signal to enterprise players that want to start incorporating and integrating Node into their stacks. Node is now a true first-class technology solution.”
“The other thing we sometimes forget is that most applications are not hot on CPU. They are often waiting for network I/O, or disk, or database. It’s not really on CPU all that much, which means we can have a high concurrency for a single process. That’s a very compelling model for doing large scale on small footprints.”