The group’s goal is to ensure Terraform stays truly open source forever and they’re asking HashiCorp to switch the license back.
According to OpenTF, there has been no indication by HashiCorp that they plan to revert the license, so they moved forward with the fork and they’ve filled out all the paperwork necessary to join the Linux Foundation.
We completed all documents required for OpenTF to become part of the Linux Foundation with the end goal of having OpenTF as part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. By making a foundation responsible for the project, we will ensure the tool stays truly open-source and vendor-neutral.
To me, this is the open source community doing what it does best: stepping up and taking action to fill a void for (and by) the community that relies upon a project.
If you’re wondering about the sustainability story of this fork… here’s a note from the FAQ:
So far, four companies pledged the equivalent of 14 full-time engineers (FTEs) to the OpenTF initiative. We expect this number to at least double in the following few weeks. To give you some perspective, Terraform was effectively maintained by about 5 FTEs from HashiCorp in the last 2 years. If you don’t believe us, look at their repository.