Rod Johnson posted a blog entry today that is also sweeping the twitterverse, indicating that they “have signed a definitive agreement with VMware, who will acquire SpringSource”. It says that the Spring Framework software will remain as free as ever. That should be the case, and I haven’t seen reason to doubt SpringSource would do anything differently.
Considering SpringSource has been at play using venture capital to grow its business and enter markets, this should definitely be a sign of success. A lot of startup companies get venture capital, but die off through the fact that no bigger company seeks them. This is definitely the opposite. The way I see it, SpringSource has succeeded by getting acquired by a well known company. One thing is keen in the article: both SpringSource and VMware have their eyes on the cloud computing market. And given their successful record, I think they can do pretty well.
I don’t know what VMware thinks about python, but I sure will keep me ears open. This project isn’t slowing down!
UPDATE: Acquisition is complete. Read all about it at http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/springsource-close.html.