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From Bruce Snyder <>
Subject Re: Giving back:
Date Wed, 26 Oct 2005 09:28:00 GMT
On 10/26/05, 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....

Wow, what a huge donation to the community - from both individuals and
businesses! Many thanks to David, Dain and all involved. I can't wait
to dive in and start helping out! Very nice work guys and many thanks!

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