Facebook and FriendFeed’s Tornado is now Open Source

By on September 11, 2009 1:12 pm

Orbited, cometD-python, and other Python Comet servers have new competition in the form of Facebook’s now open source Tornado web server. Tornado was part of the technology acquired by Facebook when they purchased FriendFeed last month, and Facebook has decided to open it up under the Apache version 2 license.

Tornado supports long-polling and HTTP streaming, but also includes many of the web site building blocks found in frameworks like Django. This is a really exciting announcement as Facebook and Google (with their Wave product) have both made major announcements around Comet technologies, bringing real-time capabilities to the mainstream, under open source licenses.