VMware's SpringSource division contributes its dm Server OSGi-based technology to the Eclipse Foundation to form Project Virgo, an initiative to deliver a module-based Java application server.
VMware's SpringSource division has announced the contribution of its dm
Server technology to the Eclipse Foundation to form Project Virgo, an
initiative to deliver a module-based Java application server.
The announcement comes at the 2.0 release of the dm Server, which "represents
a major milestone for the project and for enterprise application development
with OSGi [Open Services Gateway initiative] in general," SpringSource
CTO Adrian Colyer
wrote in a Jan. 12 blog post about the move. "I'm
delighted to now be able to reveal the next step in the dm Server journey: We
have submitted a proposal at Eclipse.org to continue development of the dm
Server as part of the Eclipse RT top-level project."
Colyer said moving the dm Server effort to Eclipse.org "has a number of
practical implications for users of dm Server:
- Project hosting, home pages, forums,
and downloads will all be moved to Eclipse.org infrastructure
- The license will change from the
current (largely) GPL license, to the Eclipse Public License (EPL)
- It will be much easier for other
organizations and community members to get involved in the ongoing development
Moreover, "The combination of the license change and community hosting
at Eclipse.org opens the code base to a much broader set of users and
developers," Colyer said. And the next release of dm Server, Version 2.1, "will
be developed and released from Eclipse.org."
"The growth of run-time technologies at Eclipse has been gathering
momentum over the past two years," Mike
Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation,
told eWEEK. "With
this latest contribution by SpringSource it has hit critical mass. It is
exciting to see the vision of a modular Java run-time take shape within
The dm Server technology "has been in full-time development for over
two years" at SpringSource, Colyer said. However, SpringSource "set
out with a vision to make modular application development a reality for