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June 30, 2010

Taobao joins open source

Filed under: Great Days — colyli @ 10:27 am

Taobao's open source commnity

Taobao's open source community

Today, Taobao announces its open source community  —

This is a historical day, a China local  internet and e-business leading company joins open source world by its practice approved activity.

The first project released on is TAIR. Tair is a distributed, high performance key/value storage system, using in Taobao’s infrastructure for time.  Taobao is on the way to make more internal projects to be open source. Yes, talk is cheap, show the code !

If you are working on large scale website, with more than 10K server nodes, checking projects on may help you to avoid making another wheel. Please, visit, and join the community to contribute. I believe people can improve the community better and better. Currently, most of the expect developers are Chinese spoken, that’s why you can find square characters on the website. I believe more changes will come in future, because the people behind the community like continuously improvement 🙂

Of cause there are some other contributions to open source community from Taobao can not be found on, For example, I believer patches from Taobao will appear in Linux kernel changelog very soon 🙂


  1. Wow! You rock.

    Comment by Nikanth — June 30, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  2. Nikanth, thanks for the comments 🙂
    This is a great team work, many people contribute valuable efforts to make it come to true. Let’s see whether there are more positive news/contributions coming.

    Comment by colyli — June 30, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

  3. It seems your efforts have impacted positively and started paying off (though a little first step, it matters a lot sometimes). Way to Go!!

    Comment by Suresh Jayaraman — June 30, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

  4. Congratulations! It’s definitely a good news for all of us 🙂

    Comment by Pockey — July 13, 2010 @ 5:42 am

  5. This is fantastic news – really great news.

    For those of us who believe strongly in open software and in China, this is a great day. This sort of move will do more than any campaign I can imagine to promote openness in Chinese development and, at the same time give devs in China a home grown foss product to prove that not only can foss software find a place in China, it can come from here.

    Congratulations Taobao… you show ’em all!

    Comment by richard — July 24, 2010 @ 4:56 am

  6. Congratulations from Belgium!

    Comment by Joris Willems - Amazing Things — July 24, 2010 @ 7:33 am

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