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From Guillaume Laforge <>
Subject Re: down
Date Sun, 22 May 2016 18:20:51 GMT
And... it's back now!

Sorry again for the inconvenience, but this was really beyond our control

Regarding your points, Steve:

1) If a company is stupid to "abandon" a great language like Groovy, too
bad for them ;-)

2) Well, we can't control perception obviously, and I didn't envision a
simple DNS domain name transfer would fail so bad. Normally, this kind of
process should really be smooth. So it's really really unfortunate that the
ASF infra couldn't handle that appropriately and timely. To their defense,
it's mostly a team of non-paid volunteers, relying on services granted for
free by third-parties, and in this instance, it was really not a smooth and
reliable process.

3) We're at the wheel, don't worry, even if not full time like we used to.
Reverting the process wasn't possible, as once you've made the move to
transfer a domain name, you can't take it back, so I couldn't have been
able to reclaim it. And since the Apache foundation mandates that such
domain names be in their control, we would have had to go through that
process anyway. So reverting to try again later would have run the risk of
two such downtimes, which would be even worse.


On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 4:39 PM, Steve Byrne <> wrote:

> What about backing out the change for now?  This is looking really
> bad...think about how it looks from the outside:
> 1) Pivotal appears to "abandon" Groovy as a language -- does not send a
> positive signal about the language's future prospects
> 2) _Without warning_ the site *DISAPPEARS*.   "Oh well,",
> people think, "looks like Groovy is done for.  _Glad we did not make that
> decision to depend on Groovy for our go-forward technology_"
> 3) The problem isn't being corrected.  This looks like either a) nobody is
> "a the wheel" (of the car), or b) the folks behind Groovy (whomever they
> are, again I am speaking as it would appear to the outside) are just really
> incompetent, and again "we're glad we did not decide to invest development
> resources into using Groovy", or, "Wow, after Pivotal abandoning Groovy,
> and now the whole Groovy lang site disappearing _in the middle of the
> night_", we'd better move off Groovy -- too much risk"
> *It's time to back out this change*.  Get back on the air
> ASAP!  Let Apache figure out their issue in parallel, but don't leave this
> gaping and bleeding wound untreated any longer.  It really looks bad, and I
> think still at this point, Groovy as a language/runtime/technology cannot
> afford to look bad, after item 1 above happened.
> I really like Groovy and would hate to lose it because of this silly
> indecent.  And, not having access to (and all the docs
> about the GDK) is hampering my development (yeah, I could have a local
> copy, that I replicate onto _each_ of my machines and keep up to date, but
> why bother?).
> Here's hoping you make the right decision,
> Steve
> On May 22, 2016, at 5:11 AM, Guillaume Laforge <> wrote:
> Hi Pascal,
> Yes, please see my messages to the users list.
> Here's the Apache Infra ticket tracking this:
> We've launched the transfer of the domain name to the ASF, but
> unfortunately, this is not yet resolved :-(
> It's becoming painful, to say the list, and I get inquiries through
> emails, twitter and elsewhere about it... I hope the Infra team will be
> able to resolve that soon. It's already been so long :-(
> Guillaume
> On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 2:08 PM, Pascal Schumacher <
>> wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> seems down since Friday?
> --
> Guillaume Laforge
> Apache Groovy committer & PMC Vice-President
> Product Ninja & Advocate at Restlet <>
> Blog:
> Social: @glaforge <> / Google+
> <>

Guillaume Laforge
Apache Groovy committer & PMC Vice-President
Product Ninja & Advocate at Restlet <>

Social: @glaforge <> / Google+

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