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From "Paul McMahan" <>
Subject Re: [CONSENSUS] Default plugin site (was Re: Frustrations of a Release Manager)
Date Thu, 24 Aug 2006 17:01:10 GMT
Hey folks.  This thread about Geronimo plugin sites has been inactive
for a while, but during that discussion I made a suggestion that it
would be great if Geronimo could provide a plugin site like Eclipse
provides at Eclipse Plugin Central.  This Eclipse plugin site is not a
plugin "repository" per se but more like a community building site
with discussion forums and system for reviewing and rating plugins.
The actual plugins are hosted elsewhere and their download location is
referenced from the plugin articles.  The Eclipse plugin site is
operated and governed by the Eclipse Foundation.

I was really excited about creating this type of site for Geronimo
since I think it would be a great compliment to sites like and it would really help involve/motivate the
Geronimo development community at large.  So I purchased the domain
name to match the format of the Eclipse
plugin site and got some advice from the Eclipse guys on how to create
and run a community site.

Now I have a rough working version of the Geronimo plugin community
site available at that I would love
to get your feedback on.  It is definitely a work in progress and has
lots of rough edges, but I hope it gets across the main idea of what
can be accomplished with some further work and direction from the
Geronimo community.  Like the Eclipse plugin site it has a plugin
discussion forum and a plugin directory where plugins can be reviewed
and rated by the community.

With Bruce Snyder's help I offered to donate the domain name to ASF last June but haven't
heard back from infra@ on that yet.  If there's general agreement in
the Geronimo community that this site is (or can be) A Good Thing then
I would like to offer full ownership and operational control of this
site to the Geronimo PMC.  I'm also ready/willing to migrate the site
onto ASF hardware if that's desirable (although I'm not sure how they
would react to MySQL and Joomla :-).

Of course I am also volunteering my time to finish setting up the site
and to help administer it when its ready for the masses.  Hernan
created the look and feel for the site based on the work he did in the
Geronimo website and wiki, and has volunteered to help keep the
content organized.  I'm sure he would love to get your feedback on the
look and feel, graphics, etc  ;-)

Looking forward to your feedback.

On 6/19/06, Jeff Genender <> wrote:
> +1 great idea Paul.
> Paul McMahan wrote:
> > There's an interesting plugin site for eclipse at
> > that implements some of the ideas we have
> > discussed.  It provides a directory of plugins but not the actual
> > files themselves, pointing elsewhere for the purchase/download.  It
> > also provides a rating system, news page, and discussion forums.  IMHO
> > the geronimo project should strive to provide this type of site for
> > building a healthy commercial and open source community around
> > geronimo plugins.
> >
> > The domain names "" and
> > "" were available and match the form used by
> > "" so I purchased them and would like to
> > donate them to the ASF.  How can I do that?  Just send a note to
> >
> >
> > Best wishes,
> > Paul
> >
> >
> > On 6/14/06, David Blevins <> wrote:
> >> Everyone, please read and ACK.
> >>
> >> On Jun 14, 2006, at 4:31 PM, John Sisson wrote:
> >>
> >> > Hiram, I care if a private or commercial entity has control over
> >> > the default option.
> >>
> >> I think Hiram does too, he just a read a little too fast.  His
> >> thoughts are clear though.
> >>
> >> On Jun 14, 2006, at 3:55 PM, Hiram Chirino wrote:
> >> > All I'm saying is I don't care if IBM puts up
> >> >, I also don't care if you put up a
> >> > site.
> >> >
> >> > Now the default link issue is something else.  Can we point it by
> >> > default at some Apache machines by default?  I'm sure Aaron would not
> >> > mind, would you?
> >>
> >> That pretty much sums it up for me.  Aaron seems to agree.  In fact,
> >> is there anyone out there who doesn't agree?
> >>
> >> -David
> >>
> >>

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