Fork The Future of Magento Open Source

The future of Magento Open Source has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks  with an  open letter  being  written to the Magento Community  voicing concerns about  where the platform is headed. 

An  initiative  for a Magento fork  is  being  driven by  the Magento  community  which proposes to secure Magento’s long term viability for merchants of all sizes. This would be a substantial change to the platform’s ecosystem but there are  already  some big names  from within the Magento  community publicly backing the initiative.  

What has led us here? 

It’s no surprise that the eCommerce landscape has changed quite a bit over the years. The market is now rich with  various  SaaS, PaaS and other off-premise  eCommerce  solutions. And Magento is no exception, there  has  been a lot of change. 

While the Magento community still stands strong, the enterprise  product (now known as Adobe Commerce) is moving  towards  being  a cloud hosted solution  which  in nature  is  simply  most suited to larger  merchants.  Before we go into this some more,  first,  let’s cover a little bit of  the  background to understand why  things are  where  they  are  today.  

From Magento Commerce to Adobe Commerce  

As we approached the three-year anniversary of Adobe’s acquisition of Magento Commerce, a big change  has since  occurred.  The branding  has  officially  been  consolidated from Magento Commerce and Adobe Commerce Cloud to the single brand of Adobe Commerce.  At the time, it was said that the Magento Open  Source  branding and support would not be impacted. 

However, at the Adobe Summit 2021, a talk was presented on “Extending Magento Commerce with Adobe I/O”. This basically covered the  decomposition of the PHP Monolith by Adobe’s technical architects which means all parts of the PHP platform would be replaced by Adobe microservices.  In other words, the entire Magento platform  as we know it  will  be replaced.  

The result of this? A whole lot of uncertainly for Magento Open Source.  Combined with the lack of  a  public roadmap,  it’s not  surprising  that  many members of the Magento community feel uneasy about  its  future.  

A fork in the road  

The  Magento  community  wants to move forward,  and  they believe  they can make  this happen. A fork has been proposed that will carry the platform into the future through a collaborative approach. Ideally, this will occur  together  with the Magento Association and Adobe.   

How would this work? 

You may wonder  what  impact this could  have on  the way you work  with Magento.  So far, we know that the  proposed  fork will be upstream-compatible with Magento Open Source while it  remains  supported by Adobe. 

This means  that when the PHP Monolith is eventually  made obsolete, all merchants who want to remain on the monolith platform can.   

In  the  open letter  from  the Magento Community, their stance  on the fork  was highlighted saying:  

“We want to earn the trust of the Magento ecosystem. We truly believe we can not only keep Magento alive,  we can  give it a bright future by putting the focus on merchants, big AND small.” 

What’s next?  

We’ll be  keeping  a  close  eye on any  further  advancements to  the future of Magento Open Source  and  news within  the Magento community.  In the meantime, if you want to chat more about what has already been published,  get in touch with our team of Magento experts who’ll be happy to talk.