January 09, 2013, 9:08 PM — Vert.x, an event-driven open source application framework running on the Java Virtual Machine, has become the subject of a jurisdictional dispute after the leader of the project recently departed VMware for Red Hat. The two companies, though, say they are working on a path for the project moving forward.
In response to a request from VMware, Vert.x, project leader Tim Fox said in a Web post this week that he had transferred ownership of the vert.x domain, blog, and Google Group to VMware. He also did the same with the vert.x organization in GitHub. "This means I am no longer administrator of any of the above, although I am still able to 'manage' the Google group and commit to the projects under the Vert.x umbrella," he said.
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Fox, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, said he had received a letter from VMware lawyers, delivered in person, that he must relinquish the properties in question. He claimed he proposed VMware give him permission to continue to use the Vert.x trademark and domain after he left their employement, but this proposal was refused.
Fox said he was "very concerned about the turn of events," adding that it creates uncertainty in the Vert.x community. "For now, I will continue leading the Vert.x community the best I can under these restrictions, but we, as a community need to consider what this means for the future of Vert.x and what is the best way to take the project forward."