Linux Foundation announces OpenJS, a merger of Node.js and JS

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The Linux Foundation introduced several important collaborative partnerships to consolidate the development of several open source projects that feed much of the Web.

Among them the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation, launched by the Linux Foundation in 2016, merge to form the OpenJS Foundation. The two main organizations that focus on JavaScript are merging.

The OpenJS Foundation focus on hosting and financing activities that support the growth of JavaScript and web technologies, the Linux Foundation announced in a press release.

OpenJS Foundation includes 29 open source JavaScript projects, including jQuery, Node.js, Appium, Dojo, and webpack.

About the OpenJS Foundation

The fusion is supported by 30 member companies and end userssuch as Google, Microsoft, IBM, PayPal and GoDaddy Joylent who recognize the 'interconnected nature of the JavaScript ecosystem and the importance of providing a neutral environment for projects that represent significant Shared Value.

All of these members, as well as several leading technology companies, rely to varying degrees on the JavaScript programming language and various projects from both foundations. In fact, the vast majority of web pages use JavaScript.

The search for a neutral home is one of the years of fierce government struggle within the Node.js community.

In August 2017, a third of the members of the technical steering committee that oversees the day-to-day management of Node.js projects would have left.

openJS foundation

In a press release, The Linux Foundation announced that the OpenJS Foundation would eliminate operational redundancies between the two organizations and streamline the experience of companies that provide financial support.

After six months of careful consideration and a considerable amount of community feedback and collaboration, the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation merge to form the OpenJS Foundation.

This is a huge step forward for the future of JavaScript, as this new foundation will allow for wider adoption and accelerate JavaScript development and key ecosystem projects.

The mission of the OpenJS Foundation is to foster the growth of JavaScript and the web ecosystem by providing a neutral organization to organize projects and jointly fund activities that benefit the ecosystem as a whole.

While The goal is to allow projects to easily join the OpenJS Foundation and take advantage of technical models offered from the community.

Additionally, companies that rely on JavaScript are invited to become members, providing visible support and direction for activities that benefit the entire ecosystem.

We will continue to support the healthy growth of the JavaScript ecosystem and an even broader range of projects on which the ecosystem is built, while focusing on new areas of growth.

Members will see the benefits of streamlining operations and have a single destination for projects in the open JavaScript community where their infrastructure, technology and marketing needs will be met.

Continuous Delivery Foundation

In addition to the aforementioned merger, The Linux Foundation also announced the creation of the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF).

CDF aims to serve as a platform for providers, developers and users to participate and share information and best practices frequently to promote the development of open source projects.

As the name implies, Continuous Delivery Foundation builds on a seamless delivery and integration model which enables all stakeholders to collect feedback, implement changes, and deliver them much faster.

CDF launches with 19 members, including major brands such as Google, Netflix, Red Hat, Alibaba, Autodesk, SAP, Huawei, and GitLab.

The open source system Jenkins, Jenkins X, Spinnaker (created by Netflix and jointly managed by Netflix and Google), and Tekton are some of the first projects hosted by CDF, said the Linux Foundation.

The parent foundation said it expects more projects to be added to the CDF once it has formed a technical oversight committee, CDF will maintain an open model.


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