Before we begin, I had a hard time figuring out which section to put this topic in. I may have dislocated it. If a mod sees this and believes it may have to be moved, I welcome their assistance.
There has been a lot of fuss over the bukkit DMCA take-down recently. In the mess, people have been starting several efforts, such as sponge, husk, and rainbow that are designed to replace bukkit by creating a similar service without distributing any mc or bukkit code in the source, and thereby being unable to receive such a take-down.
If you are a server owner, I would be grateful if you were to decide which one you would plan to use to replace bukkit for your server, and give your feedback in the poll. I will mention 3 projects, but I am sure there are more out there. If you find such one, check "other" in the poll and please comment down below which one you have interest in.
I am collecting this information because I am a plugin developer, and I can no longer develop or distribute bukkit plugins. I want to know what bukkit replacements server owners plan to use so that I can develop plugins exclusively on that platform.
I would like more than 1 or 2 people to provide feedback before this topic gets buried. As such, this is a bump. I also encourage discussion of which one is the best for this purpose in the replies. I also have to inform you that rainbow is more implementing bukkit plugin support, and not an API of it's own. With the bukkit DMCA, it is harder to develop bukkit plugins, and may be impossible after 1.8's lifespan runs out and we hit 1.9.
Why has Spigot not been mentioned? From what I've been reading it's basically Bukkit anyhow, just with the DCMA disputed parts being stripped and replaced. Last I saw it was already functional AND compatible with some Bukkit plugins, I'm just waiting for it to be tested a bit further before I risk running it on my 2 year-old map.
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I went on the spigot page. As it depended on bukkit I swore it was affected by the dmca, and it's not there. Seeing as it's as hard to get your hands on as building it from the src, I think that's a distribution method to work around the DMCA and is a bit sketchy. I don't think spigot's lasting long.
EDIT: One may argue that you also have to do similar, even harder steps for sponge. Sponge cannot be taken down by DMCA because it is a completely different new API. The reason you have to compile is that they aren't ready for a full release.