But this is not all—today Sauce Labs is very happy to announce that we have donated Appium, the current standard in mobile automation around the world, to the JS Foundation! Written in Node.js, Appium is a clear example of the breadth of the JS ecosystem and how JS can power an enormous range of projects useful not only to JS developers but to a much wider audience. Appium has always been an open source project (available under the Apache 2 license), and developed with full transparency to its users. The Appium project is extremely proud of its large contributorship, most of which has no relationship with Sauce Labs. At Sauce, we felt it was time to make a legal reality out of what has been a reality for the project since its inception, and we couldn’t be more excited to hand Appium’s copyright over to the JS Foundation for long-term stewardship.
Rest assured, this does not signal a reduction of interest in Appium from Sauce Labs; to the contrary, it’s an acknowledgement that the Appium project belongs to the community, not just Sauce Labs. Our Open Source team will continue to focus on Appium’s development as one of its main priorities. Our hope is that in the coming months, Appium’s move to a non-profit foundation will open up new opportunities for contributors and sponsors to be more involved in Appium’s roadmap and position in the ecosystem.