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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "BloodhoundProposal" by HyrumWright
Date Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:06:28 GMT
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The "BloodhoundProposal" page has been changed by HyrumWright:
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/BloodhoundProposal

Comment:
Initial import of the Bloodhound proposal

New page:
= Bloodhound - Collaborative development tools based on Trac =

== Abstract ==

Bloodhound will be a software development collaboration tool, including issue tracking, wiki
and repository browsing.  Essentially an improved distribution of the well-known Trac project,
Bloodhound will include the common and useful plugins to enable a more complete distribution
than a typical Trac installation.

== Proposal ==

Bloodhound will be a software development collaboration tool, based on the existing Trac project,
which will include a repository browser, wiki, and defect tracker.  In addition to the standard
Trac installation, Bloodhound will incorporate a number of popular modules into the core distribution,
and include additional improvements developed (as [[http://trac-hacks.org/|plugins]]) outside
the Trac project.

== Background ==

The [[http://trac.edgewall.org/|Trac project]] is a BSD-licensed collaboration tool used to
assist in software development.  It has a wide user base, a pluggable infrastructure, and
is generally considered stable.

By it's own recognition, however, the development community surrounding Trac has largely dissipated,
with little mailing list traffic, and very few commits to the source code repository (see
[2]).  Private efforts to engage the existing developers in implementing features have been
negatively received.  At the same time, other individuals and companies, such as [[http://www.wandisco.com|WANdisco]],
have expressed interest in helping continue to develop Trac.  These entities would prefer
this effort to be at a vendor-neutral location, with the clear process for intellectual property
management that comes from the Foundation.  As such, the Apache Software Foundation feels
like the best fit for this new project based on Trac.

== Rationale ==

As discussed early, the current Trac development community is small and reluctant to accept
outside contributions.  Given the Foundation’s reputation for building and maintaining communities,
we feel a new project, based on Trac but incubated under the Apache umbrella, would help re-build
the developer community, jump started by developer time donated by WANdisco.  Additionally,
as a developer tool, Bloodhound is a good fit with other, similarly-focused developer tools
at the ASF.

Private discussions have shown there is some interest by third-parties to release internal
improvements to Trac, and Bloodhound gives them an additional venue to do so.

== Initial Goals ==

The initial goals for Bloodhound primarily revolve around migrating the existing code base
and integrating external features to make the project easy to deploy.  Additional ides will
of course follow, but the following goals are sufficiently difficult to be considered early
milestones.

Some of the initial goals include:
 * Migrate the existing BSD-licensed Trac code base to the ASF.
 * Attract developer and user interest in the new Bloodhound project.
 * Incorporate externally developed features into the core Bloodhound project.
 * Fold the most popular plugins into the core project, so installations and administration
of Bloodhound becomes dead simple.


= Current Status =

== Meritocracy ==

Although initially corporate-sponsored, any interested developers would be granted commit
access.  Even developers employed by the sponsoring companies would be required to demonstrate
competency to gain commit privileges.  Individuals with corporate affiliations would understandably
be known within the community, but would not have bearing on the granting of commit privileges.

== Community ==

One of the primary purposes of this proposal is to develop a strong developer community around
the Trac code base.  The current developers and supporting institution have moved on to other
things, and this has caused stagnation in the existing community.  We want to use the experience
of the Incubator PMC, and the incubation process, to reboot the developer community, while
at the same time incorporating oft-requested features into the existing product.

Building communities carries with it an initial investment, and the corporate sponsors behind
this proposal are willing to make that investment in seeing a vibrant and self-sustaining
community result from incubation.  We recognize this as something of an experiment, and that
incubation is not a guarantee of success and graduation a given.  However, we feel that the
ASF represents the best opportunity to build the vibrant community that this project needs.

== Core Developers ==

The initial set of developers will be primarily individuals from WANdisco, and may be augmented
with other interested persons we have privately contacted.  This list contains at least one
Apache Member, as well as others who have participated in Apache projects in various capacities
(patch contributors, bug reports, etc.).  It also includes people who are familiar with open
source development, but have not previously participated in Apache projects.

Realizing that incubation is an opportunity to grow the community, we plan to make every attempt
possible to invite additional developers from the existing Trac user and developer communities,
including those involved in plugin development.

== Alignment ==

Bloodhound aligns well with the Apache Software Foundation.  It makes extensive use of Apache
Subversion, and includes tools to browse and interact with Subversion repositories.  As previously
mentioned, Bloodhound is primarily a developer-oriented tool, which follows the historical
Apache philosophy of providing high-quality developer tools.  Eventually, Bloodhound could
become a viable alternative to Jira or Bugzilla for projects hosted at Apache.

= Known Risks =

This proposal is not without its risks, some of which are outlined below.

== Orphaned Projects ==

The current Trac project lacks much developer interest.  Although the entities behind this
proposal desire to make a viable developer community, there is no guarantee that such a community
will develop.  Should this happen, there will likely be insufficient heterogeneity in the
project to warrant graduation.

== Inexperience with Open Source ==

The initial groups of developers have extensive experience with open source, primarily with
the [[http://subversion.apache.org/|Apache Subversion]] project.  The target audience for
growing the developer community is the current Trac user and developer communities, many members
of which are familiar with open source in general.  There may be some learning curve as community
members familiarize themselves with the ASF and the Apache Way, including individuals employed
specifically to work on the project.

== Homogeneous Developers ==

The current list of committers are primarily from WANdisco.  One of the key purposes of proposing
Bloodhound for incubation is to resurrect a currently-small (~3 key developers, but very few
commits per week) development community by attracting and infusing it with new code and new
individuals.  The ASF has a well-deserved reputation of fostering and building open source
communities, which makes it the ideal location to attempt this community reboot.

== Reliance on Salaried Developers ==

Most of the initial committers are supported by their employers to work on Bloodhound, and
may be assigned to work on other projects in the future.  However, the employers of these
salaried individuals have an interest in seeing Bloodhound thrive as a long-term, sustaining
project.  WANdisco understands that their employees are acting as individuals when contributing
to Apache projects, but has already brought additional staff on board to assist with Bloodhound
development.

== Relationship with Other Apache Projects ==

Bloodhound integrates heavily with Apache Subversion, although that integration is becoming
more de-coupled making it possible to replace with other version control systems. Bloodhound
optionally runs on Apache httpd.

== An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==

One of the primary motivators in creating the Bloodhound project as part of the Incubator
is to leverage the vendor-neutral nature of the Apache Software Foundation.  The ASF has a
strong and recognized brand as being a leader in open source, and by hosting Bloodhound at
the Foundation, we hope to attract developers to build a viable community for the project.

= Initial Source =

The original Trac code base has been under development for more than 8 years, though development
has become minimal over the past 2 years.  We have sync'd the existing Trac repository, including
history, and are using it as the basis for Bloodhound.  We also plan to incorporate appropriately-licensed
plugins into the core Bloodhound system.

== Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==

The initial source will be from the Trac repository.  Additional functionality may come from
private development, and will be folded into the open source version after Bloodhound is loaded
in the main ASF repository.  Any relevant Trac-hacks with appropriate licenses may also be
migrated.

== External Dependencies ==

The bulk of the initial code will be from the Trac project, which is licensed under the BSD
license.  Bloodhound also relies upon BSD-licensed subcomponents for HTML templating.

= Required Resources =

== Mailing lists ==

The initial set of mailing lists will be:
 * bloodhound-private (with moderated subscriptions)
 * bloodhound-dev
 * bloodhound-commits
 * bloodhound-user

== Subversion Directory ==

https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/bloodhound

== Issue Tracking ==

Bloodhound would like to self-host its issue tracking, see below.

== Other Resources ==

In the interests of eating our own dogfood, Bloodhound would like to self-host the issue tracker
and related tools. The team will work with Infrastructure to define and manage this configuration.

== Initial Committers ==

 * Mat Booth (mat.booth at wandisco dot com)
 * Mark Poole (mark@wandisco.com)
 * Hyrum Wright (hyrum.wright at wandisco dot com)
[ any new people? ]

== Affiliations ==

 * Mat Booth, WANdisco
 * Mark Poole, WANdisco
 * Hyrum Wright, WANdisco

= Sponsors =

== Champion ==

Hyrum K. Wright

== Nominated Mentors ==

Hyrum K. Wright
Greg Stein

== Sponsoring Entity ==

The Apache Incubator

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