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From Pierre Smits <>
Subject Re: Notice to donate Fortress to the Apache Directory Project
Date Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:35:40 GMT
RE: but only 2 active committers

Having such a low number of committers is a great risk for any project
under the ASF umbrella. It affects releasing on time, keeping the issues
list manageable and reactions to user questions.

All these aspects apply to keeping the project healthy. Because that is
optimal, the users are happy and promote the work and the project. Which
leads to more contributors and you get a greater pool of potentials to
select new committers from.

This means that you have to advertise. Advertise the product and the
project. There are numerous ways to do that. One of the easiest is
tweeting. Another good way is to have the first page of the projects
website that is not only being descriptive for developers, but also for

Have a look at the first page of the Apache CouchDb I believe the do a great job promoting the
product ánd solicit for help. I am sure the community of that project won't
mind using their approach.

Asking for assistance is not a sin, and diversity in skills (areas and
level) in the community/committers base and PMC keeps the project healthy.

Best regards,

Pierre Smits

Services & Solutions for Cloud-
Based Manufacturing, Professional
Services and Retail & Trade

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM, Stefan Seelmann <>

> Hi Shawn,
> On 09/16/2014 01:32 PM, Shawn McKinney wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > In order to increase the number of contributers and broaden adoption I
> > am considering contributing Fortress to the Apache Directory project.  I
> > am offering this donation under the advisement of Emmanuel Lecharny who
> > is also a committer on the Fortress project.  Emmanuel has focused his
> > efforts on integrating Fortress with the Apache LDAP API and that work
> > is nearly complete.  Please let me know if you would be interested in
> > discussing this further.
> Thanks for the proposal.
> I agree that Fortress is a good fit to the other projects at Apache
> Directory. So if you and others think that Fortress should be a
> sub-project then I won't oppose.
> However I also have concerns. The Directory project already has 5
> subprojects, 3 of them with more then 200k LOC each, but only 2 active
> committers. I just want to avoid that we inject yet another code drop
> that nobody maintains later.
> Also, can you please tell us the source repositories? I found [1], which
> projects do you want to donate, those 4 (core, commander, enmasse, and
> realm) or just part of them? Or are there other projects?
> Kind Regards,
> Stefan
> [1]

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