The man who started the Mage+ project is also the founder of the London Magento Users Group. Lee Bolding, a Magento technical architect, developer and contributor to Magento CE specialises in architecting and building large scale and complex installations of Magento – having built enterprise Magento platforms for Warner Music Group both in Europe and th U.S., and for Rebate Networks, who operate a collection of localised flash-sales websites throughout the world.
3 days ago he wrote about some interesting facts in the Mage+ blog:
Firstly, the response from the Magento community has been amazing… much better than I had expected it to be. There’s currently 189 people watching the project on github, whilst there have been 25 forks made already – this is pretty much half as many as are watching/forking the official Magento2 repository (368/55 respectively) – Go Community Go!
I merged the first pull request on Friday – less than 48 hours after announcing the project. Since then, we’ve had 5 or so more pull requests and a few bug reports… plus a few proposals for enhancements.
In the same article he also mentions that Lee Saferite has joined the Mage+ core team. As I know Lee Saferite personally and have seen his early attempts and failure to bring some early Magento security issues to Magento’s attention to no avail I understand why he’s attracted to a truly open Magento project.
In an interview with Björn Schotte Lee says that Mage+ is different from other Magento forks, in that Mage+ is trying to maintain compatibility with Magento as much as possible. Personally I like that idea very much and even Roy Rubin, the Co-Founder and CEO of Magento Inc. comments in Fabrizio Branca’s blog posting Magento – the “read-only” community?:
On the topic of forks, my point of view is that it’s a net positive for the community AND for Magento. It pushes us to do an even better job, and keeps us focused. Heck, we may even learn a thing or two. Isn’t that what community is all about? Bottom line for all is to produce quality, innovative software that answers the needs of merchants and developers. Collectively, we are all doing that and pushing the bar even further.
I think Magento and eBay have to not only improve their responsiveness to the developer community, but also stay true to real open source spirit, which will be a very big challenge for them!
Let’s see how active the Mage+ project will grow and how many improvements will flow back into the Magento core in order to make Magento an even better eco system.