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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "LuceneSearchServerProposal" by YonikSeeley
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2005 04:55:36 GMT
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'''Proposal for new project Solar (name change pending)'''

Yonik Seeley -- yonik at apache dot org

'''(0) rationale'''

Solar is a search server based on Apache Lucene and focused on full-text search, relevancy,
and performance.

Some of the server features include:
   * Query and update interfaces over HTTP and XML.
   * Replication based on index snapshots and rsync.
   * A schema allowing declarative specification of fields and their types, including specification
of text analysis filter chains.
   * External configuration for Lucene parameters, stopword lists, and synonym lists.
   * A web based admin interface with statistics and debugging.
   * An extensive caching framework for filters, queries, documents, and user caches.
   * Plugins for customizing query handling, caching and many other server aspects.

Solar is currently an internal CNET project, and is used to power search and faceted browsing
in a number of CNET sites.

It is anticipated that a name change will be necessary due to existing trademarks.

'''(0.1) criteria'''

''Meritocracy: ''

Solar's developers are comfortable operating as a meritocracy.

''Community: ''

An active community will be established during incubation.

''Core Developers:''

Solar starts with three committers.


Solar currently uses the following Apache projects: Ant, Lucene.

'''(0.2) warning signs'''

''Orphaned products: ''

Solar is not an orphan, use within CNET is growing rapidly.

''Inexperience with open source:''

Solar's committers are experienced with open source.

''Homogenous developers:''

Solar's initial committers are all CNET employees since it's currently an internal project.

''Reliance on salaried developers:''

Some committers are currently paid to make contributions to Solar.

''No ties to other Apache products:''

Solar has strong ties to Lucene.

''A fascination with the Apache brand:''

The committers respect the Apache brand and feel that Apache is the right place to generate
a strong open source community.

'''(1) scope of the subprojects'''

The scope of the project is to provide a stand-alone full-text search server.
The proposal is that this project become a sub-project of Apache Lucene.

'''(2) identify the initial source from which the subproject is to be populated'''

CNET will donate the initial source code for this project. 

'''(3) identify the ASF resources to be created '''

'''(3.1) mailing list(s) '''

 * to_be_named-dev
 * to_be_named-nutch-user

'''(3.2) Subversion or CVS repositories'''


'''(3.3) Jira '''


'''(4) identify the initial set of committers '''

 * Yonik Seeley, CNET (Lucene committer)
 * Bill Au, CNET
 * Chris Hostetter, CNET

'''(5) identify apache sponsoring individual '''
 * Doug Cutting, Champion

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