Ethereum may be the first public blockchain listed on Hyperledger. That is, if the open-source company's technical steering committee lets a proposal through, one that would adopt the Pantheon project, a ConsenSys-supported undertaking.

Pantheon, according to Coin Desk, is a suite of Ethereum-based creations built by PegaSys, a 50-strong team based at ConsenSys. The Ethereum client is based on Java and is used to create enterprise applications that also feature privacy and giving permissions to users.

This proposal was presented to Hyperledger's mailing list email on August 8. If accepted, then Pantheon would become Hyperledger Besu. Besu is a Japanese term for base or foundation. The approval, incidentally, would let Hyperledger take control of Pantheon protocols. It would allow the unit to join projects like IBM's Hyperledger Fabric and Intel's Hyperledger Sawtooth.

Pantheon, being a blockchain project, earns the distinction of being the first public blockchain to join the Hyperledger banner. The Pantheon code would then be published on Hyperledger's GitHub page and developers would also be involved in the creation of the project.

It's a bit of growing up for Hyperledger Consortium, adding yet another member to its already existing members from around the world. It met with these potential members only last month, according to PR News Wire. They met up with members from Tokyo, Japan, planning, training, and building networks with other like-minded enterprises.

Brian Belendorf, executive director for the company, said that the annual member summit gave them a chance to gauge where they were currently. It was also a rewarding experience to see how their work benefited others in powering up production networks, and it was also an opportunity to "go deeper" into enterprises and be in touch with facets of their development each day.

The newest members will be adding more "depth and breadth" to the community, according to Belendorf, one of the driving forces behind creating more open source enterprise blockchain adoption.

Hyperledger is a big supporter of open communities which value contributions from different entities, as well as participation-the wider, the better. Pre-approved non-profit organizations are largely welcome, as well as open-source projects and other government entities.

This process would not be possible had Hyperledger decided not to open up. It began with Burrow. The consortium had also entered into a partnership with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance to create what it labeled a "common standard" for the blockchain space.

It is widely speculated that this proposal was driven into existence with competitor R3 going on a "hiring spree" last month.