Is forking Nagios good for the Enterprise?

As it has been discussed already quite widely (e.g. on the 451 CAOS blog) Nagios has been forked. The new project has been called Icinga and a nice website has been published. Of course this has stimulated some more discussions on whether a fork is actually a good thing or a bad thing. And as always there are good and bad aspects of such an event. I will not repeat the arguments here, but it’s certainly valuable to read the different opinions of people involved including one of the key developers of the projects.What is clear is that while creating awareness a fork also produces confusion. And what this example also again illustrates is that some of these Open Source projects have a very thin governance and astonishingly small core teams. And this is not good for Enterprises who think long term and are looking for future proof technologies.