Enter PhoneGap. The PhoneGap project has been on GitHub for quite a while and already contains an enviable list of contributors. The project has been very successful and the move to Apache is a result of Adobe’s recent acquisition of Nitobi, creators of PhoneGap.
By ASF regulations the project must spend time in the “Incubator” even though it has already proven itself as a technology and as a community to the rest of the world. The project requested git as its version control rather than subversion, for obvious reasons. The request was met with some hostility and new pressure has now come down on the CouchDB “experiment”.
The author argues that Apache Software Foundation is becoming not only irrelevant in the age of Github, but is also actively harmful. ASF aside, I’m becoming concerned that probably a huge majority of open source projects out there rely so much on a single company. Fortunately, distributed nature of git makes it unlikely that the code will disappear even if something goes wrong with Github.