The Codehaus was formally registered on 26 February, 2003. Bob 'The Despot' McWhirter had been active in open-source for several years, with projects such as Jaxen and Drools.
For a while, The Werken Company hosted his projects along
with the projects of a handful of other developers.
The Codehaus "brand" was created to allow for a neutral
environment for non-Werken people to host their projects.
Mostly, this was due to several folks thinking that
Xulux was a project of The Werken
Company since it was hosted on our server.
The Codehaus helped to correct that misconception.
kschrader publically announced the
existance of the Codehaus a wee bit before Bob was ready
for it. Oh well.
Jason van Zyl was sharing the cost of the
Werken hardware and didn't object to the formation of
the Codehaus and is thus honored with the title of “The
So, things trucked along for a while until folks
from ThoughtWorks started sending Bob
mails. paul, Joe Walnes and Aslak Hellesøy migrated and initiated some
projects, With the advent of PicoContainer, the reputation (good?
bad?) of the Codehaus took off.
Ben Walding drifted into the role of
primary system administrator; with other hausmates
taking on some of the load of managing a system put
together with rubber-bands and paper-clips.
Bob 'The Despot' McWhirter
decided to go
spend some time in Amsterdam, and the seed for the idea
of the First Irregular Haus Party
was planted. In
October, 2003, over a dozen hausmates from across the
globe assembled in Amsterdam for a weekend of
brain-storming, pair programming, presentations about
projects, and general socializing. It was at the Haus
Party that Groovy was publically birthed.
Around the New Year of 2004, Bob 'The Despot' McWhirter
Guelph, Ontario to arrange for a new hosting providing
at Sentex. The new provider allowed
for a much larger machine (beaver.codehaus.org), much
more bandwidth, and much fewer dollars. Plus, we're
billed in those small Canadian dollars.
In 2005, the effort of managing and maintaining JIRA got to
be too much for poor Bob 'The Despot' McWhirter
migrated JIRA to http://contegix.com
In May 2006, the drives on "beaver" failed, along with the
previous 7 days of backups. A hasty migration was made to
Contegix where services had been slowly been provisioned in
An application; Xircles; was written (by
OpenXource) to manage the migration
and services on the new box. This application replaced
all the rubber-bands and paper-clips with a relatively
All shell-level access was removed to users which caused
much consternation and cries of "I could have done this
myself in the old world"; these cries were largely ignored.
Xircles continued to grow and adjust and now provides a
reasonably flexible mechanism for managing the Codehaus
infrastructure that covers 4 Contegix servers. Xircles is
mostly reliable; with most issues arising from those wacky
users and defects arising from the rapid pace with which
new functionality moves from development to infliction (on