Twitter has this month confirmed that it will take now make a positive and concrete contribution to the open source community by acting as an official sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).
Reports suggest that this could be the first of several moves toward open source by Twitter as the company now recognises the ASF’s organisational, legal and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects that Twitter itself “consumes and contributes” to.
The Twitter engineering blog confirmed the company feels this sponsorship is the “right thing to do” as it will help sustain existing Twitter projects already overseen by the ASF’s supporting infrastructure.
According to Chris Aniszczy at the Twitter Open Source Office, “Many projects at Twitter rely on open source technologies, and as we evolve as a company, our commitment to open source continues to increase.”
“One example is the Mesos project, which is now being developed inside the ASF Incubator and is nearing its first official release. Within Twitter, Mesos runs on hundreds of production machines and makes it easier to execute clustered jobs that do everything from running services to handling our analytics workload,” said Aniszczy.
NOTE: Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that provides resource isolation and sharing across distributed applications, or frameworks.