Jenkins is a fork of Hudson.

What are the benefits/advantages of using Jenkins over Hudson for a small private business?


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Number of commits.

Jenkins is a fork of Hudson (as commented here) but has a more active development, Hudson's last commit is quite old. And look at Hudson's open bugs


In short: the community. I developed a Jenkins plugin recently, and supporting Hudson did not even cross my mind (Jenkins has waaay more plugins).

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    This is pretty much the answer given by Jenkins on their wiki.
    – Martin Lee
    Feb 28, 2017 at 16:59
  • Seems like a similar answer to a question like "why use Drupal instead of WP" ...
    – Pierre.Vriens
    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:24

Jenkins is better Because

  • most users moving on to Jenkins, as well as other adoption metrics indicating clear shift in the userbase.
  • the Hudson team has moved to develop Jenkins. So you can trust our expertise and the the passion to keep pushing the software forward.
  • a large number of plugin authors have chosen to support their plugins on Jenkins. So you can expect bug fixes and new improvements to them from Jenkins.
  • we'll make incremental iterative improvements to the code.
  • the community supports us.
  • well maintained documents. (Credits: Martin Lee)

Few more noticeable points are (from StackOverflow)

  • Hudson/Jenkins is the product of a single genius intellect - Kohsuke Kawaguchi. Because of that, it's consistent, coherent, and rock solid. (By Jonik)
  • Oracle now owns hudson and Jenkins is open-source. Both are MIT Licensed. Describing one as open-source and the other as other-than-open-source is misleading. They're free software (By pb2q)
  • Hudson/Jenkins is all about the plugins. Plugin developers have moved to Jenkins and so should we, the users. (By Tim Fulmer)

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