Elastic Hits Back at OpenSearch, Making Client Libraries Incompatible with Amazon-led Open Source Fork

Elastic Hits Back at OpenSearch, Making Client Libraries Incompatible with Amazon-led Open Source Fork

Posted by WP Tavern on August 10, 2021 at 10:46 pm
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After Elastic, makers of the search and analytic engine Elasticsearch, re-licensed its core product so that it was no longer open source, Amazon led a community effort to fork it. In July 2021, contributors to the project announced the first general availability (GA) release of OpenSearch 1.0, an Apache 2.0-licensed fork of Elasticsearch 7.10.2 and Kibana 7.10.2. In what appears to be a slap back at the open source fork, Elastic has begun making its client libraries incompatible with OpenSearch. The Python client was updated to perform an API request that will verify connection to Elasticsearch and raise an error if it doesn’t receive the proper response. The PR received 40 “thumbs-down” reactions from the community and a brief round of criticism before the discussion was shut down. “It’s disappointing to see this,” Invenio product manager Lars Holm Nielsen said. “You’re forcing us as bystanders in a battle to choose sides. We develop an Open Source product that could likely easily work with both Elasticsearch or OpenSearch and then the users can choose for themselves if they want Elasticsearch or OpenSearch. “Now, instead, we likely have to make choice for all our users if we want OpenSearch or Elasticsearch. This and…

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