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From Jeff Genender <>
Subject Re: Giving back:
Date Wed, 26 Oct 2005 13:40:46 GMT
Nice! You guys rock!!  This was extremely generous of all parties and I 
want to offer a personal thanks for your warm hearts in giving.

With that said...I guess I can help to repay a very small portion of 
your generosity with a round of libations the next time I see you 
gentlemen (hopefully soon)...and offer my help in configuring the LDAP 

Thanks again!


David Blevins wrote:
> Since testing/building is a really hard thing in Geronimo and the  large 
> community of projects surrounding it, Dain and I decided it was  time to 
> take action and put our own $$ on the table to help.   Projects like 
> Geronimo, OpenEJB and ActiveMQ have provided us with so  much 
> opportunity, we saw this as a way to give back on a very  personal 
> level.  We went out and purchased four servers on our own  dime that we 
> are dedicating to all the projects that comprise  Geronimo.  The focus 
> is on providing the large community of  committers on the various 
> projects the resources to test and build  and keep the Geronimo 
> ecosystem running.
> We hope these four machines will be the start of something bigger.   
> When I close my eyes and think big, I see a large federation  consisting 
> of smaller groups of machines from individuals and  companies sharing 
> some common building/testing infrastructure, open  to and co-maintained 
> by members of the community projects, building  all our code all the 
> time and testing it on every variety of OS, VM  and Database imaginable....
> We're not there yet.  Baby steps.  To date I've written a lot of  
> scripts to do builds, nightly tests with 6 MB emails that tick people  
> off, unstable builds, official releases, publish jars ... you name  it.  
> Keeping that kind of stuff running a real trick.  Other people  have 
> cobbled up some stuff for themselves as well.  For the immediate  
> time-frame, I hope that we can at least use these machines to keep  our 
> various projects built on a regular basis with jars published  using 
> tools we setup and maintain as a community.  We sure need it,  releases 
> are too painful.
> With that said, meet the family:
> Stan and Kenny are mine, Kyle and Cartman are Dain's.  I picked the  
> domain cause it sounded fun and the machine names for the same  reason.  
> All four boxes are Pentium Dual Core 830s (3.0GHz/2X1MB  Cache, 800MHz 
> FSB), with 2GB RAM and 80GB drives.  Accounts available  to committers 
> of Geronimo, OpenEJB, ActiveMQ, ActiveIO and other  Geronimo-related 
> projects upon request.
> I've setup a Continuum install and have some of the projects running  in 
> it now:
> Huge thanks are in order:
>    - Dain Sundstrom for not even flinching when the idea when from  "hey 
> lets buy a box" to "hey let's buy four boxes."
>    - Simula Labs ( for donating hosting  for 
> the four boxes.
>    - Mergere ( for helping me setup  Continuum 
> to run our builds.
> Immediate needs:
>    - Some help setting up LDAP for user/group accounts across the  four 
> boxes.
>    - Help adding more projects to continuum
>    - Help converting existing projects in continuum to not be "shell  
> projects" in continuum's eyes.
>    - Help getting an unstable build script going again.
>    - Converting anything bash-like to jelly or something m2 supported.
>    - More boxes?
>    - Anything you can think of....
> -David

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