Earlier this year Sonatype and Oracle sponsored a Hudson user survey to gather input from the community about the future of Hudson. We want to thank everyone who participated (over 1200 people from a variety of industries) as this type of survey is extremely valuable to our product team. The survey was a huge success in that regard as it clearly points out both the popularity of Hudson as well as some key areas for improvement.
One of the most striking findings is that while our earlier Software Development Infrastructure Survey showed that Hudson is the clear Java CI market leader (over 70% of those using CI), the vast majority consider "stability" and "performance" to be the most critical "features" that need to be added (see figure 1). This feedback rings true to us as Hudson runs at the core of our development efforts, supporting our work on Apache Maven, Nexus, Guice, and other core open source and proprietary work. The product works well, but we have identified and solved a number of bugs that can cause performance and stability problems in Hudson. This experience seems to match closely that of Hudson users, both as indicated by the survey and through direct discussions and feedback. That is why our development team, in cooperation with Oracle and the larger Hudson developer community, has spent a lot of time working on performance and stability improvements and has donated those improvements back to the open source Hudson project (soon to be at the Eclipse Foundation) for all to benefit.