Bringing Helm Home

23 Jul 2018

Earlier this summer, we announced that Helm joined the CNCF as an official incubating project. Part of that transition involves moving the Helm project out of the Kubernetes GitHub org and into its org. We’re excited to announce that we’ve completed that process. As of last week, we have moved the Helm code repository to https://github.com/helm/helm.

Fun fact: This is the same GitHub repository where the Helm project first started. When we started Helm in 2015, we created the Helm organization in GitHub. But thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Kubernetes community, we migrated the entire codebase into the Kubernetes org in 2016. As a separate CNCF project with its own vibrant and growing ecosystem, it makes sense to once again have Helm back home in its own GitHub org.

Since the first beta release of Helm 2.0, we have pledged to keep Helm stable for users and developers alike. Before moving Helm into its new GitHub home, we tested to make sure that this would not break existing builds or existing tooling. Thanks to GitHub’s excellent support for repository moving, we believe we have maintained our stability promise.

Along with the main Helm source code repo, we have moved a few other Helm related repositories including Charts, Monocular, Community, ChartMuseum, and other Helm projects all under the official CNCF Helm GitHub org. This means the community can find all Helm related items under one GitHub org.

This isn’t our only big news since joining CNCF. Helm 3 is now underway, as developers begin adding new features. And soon we will announce a minor process change that will simplify the process of becoming a Helm contributor as we switch from requiring a CLA to a DCO.


- @technosophos

Helm Enters the CNCF

1 Jun 2018

Today we are happy to announce that Helm has become an official top-level CNCF project, joining the ranks of Prometheus, Linkerd, OpenTracing, and others. Helm will enter the CNCF as an incubating project as we continue to work on the next-generation Helm 3 cloud-native package manager.

We are grateful to the Helm community, which has diligently contributed to the core Helm project, to the official charts repository, Monocular, to Chart Museum, and to other Helm-related projects. As a CNCF project, we look forward to expanding the Helm ecosystem. Over the coming months, we will be re-organizing as we ease our way out of the Kubernetes org and into CNCF.

Helm began as an internal hackathon project at Deis, and we made our first public release at the original KubeCon. Now, only a few short years later, the Helm ecosystem has seen 3,500 contributors spanning 566 companies. We have made more than 50 releases, and see over 50,000 downloads per month. And last February, we had the inagural Helm Summit, where 179 developers, operators, and SREs gathered in Portland, Oregon to talk about the future of the project.

Thank you for making the Helm community a welcoming place where people from all skill levels can participate in this emerging cloud-native landscape! We are excited to improve Helm as the package manager for the cloud-native landscape.

We would like to conclude with special thanks to Brian Grant for sponsoring the CNCF proposal, and Matt Farina for writing the proposal and guiding it through the process.


- @technosophos


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