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From John Sisson <>
Subject Re: Giving back:
Date Thu, 27 Oct 2005 02:40:10 GMT
Thanks David, Dain, Aaron and to the companies that have helped out... 
an outstanding donation to the community!

Do you have any thoughts on doing regular (e.g. once a day or week) 
performance testing that may pick up any performance regressions 
introduced and store results in a database for comparisons with previous 

I could also picture the running of some long running tests that could 
expose memory leaks or large changes in memory footprint (that the 
current unit tests don't find).

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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