As part of the Jira 4 launch effort, we reached out to a handful of open source projects to see if they wanted to be the first to upgrade to Jira 4. Almost without hesitation, several projects jumped at the opportunity to try out the latest and greatest that Jira has to offer.
Many Jira open source instances are hosted by Contegix (who Atlassian use internally as well) since they provide generous support for the open source community. This made the upgrades much easier to coordinate. Here is a little background on a few of the Jira 4 open source early adopters:


Hibernate Jira Development Dashboard.pngSteve Ebersole manages the Jira instance for Hibernate. The Hibernate team distributed all over the world with active contributors in Texas and Seattle as well as Mexico, Sweden, Brazil and China.

“Jira has become an invaluable tool”
Steve Ebersole, Hibernate

Steve really loves the UI improvements in Jira 4 and finds JQL very straightforward. Check out his Jira Dashboard to the right. Steve is looking forward to adding the Fisheye gadget in order to view source code changes right along side his issues.
Hibernate have a very intensive patch review process for new contributors, so Steve is also looking to add Crucible in the near future in order to streamline reviews.


Sonatype is known as “the Maven company” mainly for its contribution to Nexus, a Maven Repository Manager.
Sonatype Jira Projects.pngBrian Fox is the VP of Engineering and has over 4 years of experience with Jira. Their instance is used to manage several development and book projects. Sonatype have roughly 30 employees located all over the globe with over 20 active open source contributors and 1000’s of users filing bugs and enhancements.
Brian’s team likes the UI improvements finding it faster for many of the users located in far-away places like Hungary, Malaysia, Brazil and China. He also likes the fact that GreenHopper is more integrated. The team is now eagerly awaiting Confluence 3.1 so they can update their Confluence-based dashboards with Jira gadgets.


The Spring Framework is de facto standard programming model for enterprise Java, rich web, and enterprise integration applications. Atlassian relies on Spring quite a lot throughout most of our products.
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Trevor Marshall, a JIRA-veteran from the days of version 2.6, manages the Jira instances for SpringSource as well as the Bamboo and Fisheye environments for continuous integration and source code insight, respectively. After using and loving GreenHopper on their internal instance, Trevor added it the open source environment as part of the upgrade. With 50-100 active contributors worldwide, he’s received nothing but positive feedback about Jira 4 so far.

Zend Framework

Zend Framework Issue Tracker.pngThe Zend Framework is a simple, straightforward, open-source software framework for PHP 5 designed to eliminate the tedious details of coding and let you focus on the big picture. Its strength is in its highly-modular MVC design, making your code more reusable and easier to maintain.
With some help from our friends at CustomWare, Matthew Weier O’Phinney was able to get their instance upgraded to Jira 4 in preparation for ZendCon 2009 which starts next week.
The team also relies on Confluence, Fisheye and Crucible to manage the Zend Framework project.

Get your project to upgraded today

Is your open source project still using an older version of Jira? Contact your administrator today and ask them to upgrade to Jira 4.

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Jira 4 Early Adopters – Open source projects leading the way