2016-02-21 22:23:56 UTC
this is to let you know about the recent blog post
The qooxdoo Open Source project is going to see some significant
For quite a while now we have been talking about the intention to open up
the project to facilitate more community involvement. 1&1 as qooxdooâs
initiator has started and is supporting this transformation. As the
opportunity is actively being pursued, we would like to announce where we
stand right now.
In order to allow for a best possible transformation of the project, we
wanted this to be driven by people who have been involved with the qooxdoo
project for a long time, have been providing first-class contributions to
it and have an expert knowledge of its technology. Ideally, they should
have a track record of running Open Source projects successfully as well as
knowing about the specific needs of a professional, business-oriented
community such as qooxdooâs. Knowing such people in person and trusting
them wouldnât hurt either.
Weâre glad that the ones we approached â encompassing all of above
requirements perfectly â agreed to take up the opportunity to evolve the
qooxdoo project: long-time qooxdoo fellows Fritz Zaucker and Tobi Oetiker
joined to coordinate and drive the upcoming changes and improvements.
Moreover, others we asked for their close collaboration are also on-board,
e.g. Cajus Pollmeier, Derrell Lipman, Dietrich Streifert, John Spackman.
Given the recent activities of various people on the mailing list there is
much additional momentum.
Actually, we had hoped to announce both plan and completion of this entire
process by the end of 2015. But a few administrative hurdles are still
being worked on. With 1&1, a great supporter of Open Source and qooxdoo in
particular, some necessary steps are being taken to ensure the
organizational and legal aspects are properly addressed:
1) As previously announced (http://news.qooxdoo.org/license-update) the
current dual-licensing (LGPL/EPL) will be simplified and future releases
are expected to be under the MIT license.
2) We founded a legal entity called âqooxdoo.orgâ as a non-profit
association after Swiss law (named a âVereinâ in German).
3) 1&1 is going to transfer the intellectual property rights and the
qooxdoo.org internet domain to the qooxdoo.org association.
4) The ownership of the qooxdoo organization at Github (
https://github.com/qooxdoo) and thus the official code repository will also
5) The qooxdoo hosting infrastructure (homepage, blog, bugzilla, etc.) is
to be replaced, by public infrastructure and services such as GitHub, etc.
With the new freedom there will also be more responsibility for the
community. While 1&1 developers might continue to contribute to qooxdoo as
their job responsibilities permit, the driving force behind the project
will be you, the experts and collaborators right within the community.
qooxdoo will now depend on your contributions (ideas, code, infrastructure,
money, etc) and benefit from your engagement.
We have seen a number of qooxdoo-based projects being discussed on the
mailing list in the past. And we know of a few other projects using qooxdoo
as key element that are not publicly visible. Letâs bundle our resources to
make qooxdoo even better. As there are so many talented and enthusiastic
qooxdoo users this transformation is going to succeed. The qooxdoo.org
association will provide the vessel for this endeavour.
At this point we would like to thank 1&1 for the tremendous effort put into
this framework over all those years, and moreover, for the generosity to
make it available as an Open Source project since early 2005 and now
allowing qooxdoo to be further evolved by a grown-up community.
We will let you know once the administrative steps are completed. In the
meantime please feel free to send any of your comments/suggestions/pledges.
Andreas, Fritz, Tobi and supporters