Why is Node being forked?

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As of October 9th I learned that Node is being forked!

Why is node being forked? tweet

I asked someone close to this, "what is the reason for the fork?"

It turns out that some contributors* are forking because Node is currently run by a Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL), and these contributors are interested in running it by committee.

Here is a video on the subject, where these contributors discuss the effort:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNW_tu2QnpA (37 mins; re-uploaded)

Interesting notes from the video:

Here are the leaders of this, with their names and their rank as a contributor to node:

As a bystander to this, I hope that when the dust settles, Node's stability and progress have not been adversely affected. I know for a fact that all of these people have better things to do than forking node (running their businesses for example). I have no doubt that this whole thing is a big headache for everyone, and hopefully the headache goes away soon (they would not be forking if they didn't have good reasons).

Have a good day,
David Trejo

More information

Here a video of the previous meeting (25 mins; re-uploaded): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5PtRHjUO1U

Here is a link to the node fork: https://github.com/node-forward/node

David Trejo

Engineer at Chime & consultant. Past clients include Credit Karma, Aconex, Triplebyte, Neo, the Brown Computer Science Department, Voxer, Cloudera, and the Veteran's Benefits Administration.