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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "May2007" by SteveToback
Date Wed, 09 May 2007 17:16:56 GMT
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The following page has been changed by SteveToback:
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/May2007

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+ Several members of the Lokahi community attended Apachecon EU in an effort to grow the community.
 A FastFeather track on what Lokahi does and what it currently supports (slides are available
here:http://people.apache.org/~toback/presentations/Lokahi-fast-feather-05-04-2007.pdf ).
 Specific outreach was made to the Geronimo community to help us get a sense of what it would
take to have Lokahi control the Geronimo stack.  A significant number of committers from other
projects have subscribed to lokahi-dev over ApacheCon after discovering how this project could
solve their own infrastructure headaches or how it could be enhanced to support their project's
configuration and management. An initial roadmap of features has been planned, and development
will be moving in the direction of the new roadmap.  An initial draft of Lokahi's data model
for the proposed switch to a Jackrabbit back-end was worked out with input from Jackrabbit
community.
+ 
+ The conversion to JCR takes first priority because it will mitigate existing difficulties
that hinder community-growing, namely:
+ (a) Oracle as db requirement, which reduces the potential user "market";
+ 
+ (b) inability to run Lokahi on a standalone machine, due to (a);
+ (c) complicated build process, partially due to (a);
+ 
+ JCR will provide the following benefits:
+ (a) database independence (run Lokahi with a file system backend to
+ try it out, or use a more robust storage platform for production) + embedded Derby db
+ (b) lower barrier to contribution, see (a)
+ (c) versioned objects -- the basis for storing versioned configuration files & foundation
for a future "undo" feature requested by users.  Great for real-world use in regulated environments
which require detailed audit trails of who-changed-what-and-when.
+ 
+ Obstacles to graduation:
+ 
+  * community - now includes authors outside of the original dev community, but additional
committers are sought.  Recent distractions reinforced the fact that a larger committer base
is needed to graduate.
+ 
+  * licensing - oracle-only backend is now 90% of the way to an alternate MySQL backend,
and soon to be enhanced with license agnostic interfaces
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  NMaven

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