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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "GuacamoleProposal" by jbonofre
Date Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:39:42 GMT
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= GuacamoleProposal =

== Abstract ==

Guacamole is an enterprise-grade, protocol-agnostic, remote desktop gateway. Combined with
cloud hosting, Guacamole provides an excellent alternative to traditional desktops. Guacamole
aims to make cloud-hosted desktop access preferable to traditional, local access.

== Background ==

Guacamole began in 2010 as a personal project - a means for Mike Jumper to access to his own
computer from work. Mike’s job at that time had a firewall which blocked outbound access
to everything except HTTP and HTTPS, and directly circumventing the firewall (by changing
the SSH server port, for example) was a fireable offense. Mike needed a solution which provided
remote access and yet was a true web application. He found several projects providing text-based
terminal access, but decided that he wanted to make something new and different.

The project began as a simple VNC client but grew rapidly in capability and performance until
it became an enterprise-grade, protocol-agnostic, remote desktop gateway supporting both VNC
and RDP. Support for SSH was added later, followed by audio, file transfer, etc. By this point,
Guacamole was fast and stable enough to be used daily and in place of a traditional desktop.

Having used and developed Guacamole to its current state, and having observed the general
shift of the industry toward cloud computing and related technologies, we now see Guacamole
as the primary and only viable open source solution for a future of cloud-hosted desktops.

Guacamole's purpose is twofold:

 * To provide seamless and performant access to desktops over the web.
 * To provide an API which allows others, including commercial entities, to integrate Guacamole's
core into their own applications.

We believe that the lifestyle enabled by Guacamole should be preferable to traditional, physically-anchored
desktops, that the software enabling this should be 100% free in every sense of the word,
and that users should not be limited by their current location, by the software installed
on whatever computer they are using at the moment, nor by how powerful/weak the hardware of
that computer happens to be.

Guacamole is stable and production-ready. It is in active production use by several companies,
including ESI, Glyptodon, HP, Nanocloud Software, as well as individuals.

== Rationale ==

Due to the utility and popularity of cloud platforms, a logical extension to traditional application
hosting is to host complete desktops. The Guacamole project is aimed at achieving this, and
we believe that the best way to fulfill the true potential of this project is to bring its
development within Apache and, by so doing, foster a larger community and higher visibility.
The resulting continuous improvements to its design and implementation will make Guacamole
the best tool for the job for a wide variety of use cases.

== Initial Goals ==

Our initial goals are to bring Guacamole into the ASF, transition internal engineering processes
into the open, and foster a collaborative development model according to the "Apache Way."

== Current Status == 

Guacamole is production-ready and already provides a large set of features. It is currently
licensed under the MIT license, but will be relicensed under the Apache license if accepted
for incubation.

The source repositories are:


== Meritocracy ==

We intend to radically expand the initial developer and user community by running the project
in accordance with the "Apache Way". Users and new contributors will be treated with respect
and welcomed. By participating in the community and providing quality patches/support that
move the project forward, they will earn merit. The community will also be encouraged to provide
non-code contributions (documentation, events, community management, etc.) and will gain merit
for doing so. Those with a proven support and quality track record will be encouraged to become

== Community ==

If Guacamole is accepted for incubation, its primary initial goal will be to build a large
community of users and developers. We trust that Guacamole will become a key project for cloud
platforms, and thus expect its community to grow as word of the project continues to spread.

== Known Risks ==

Development has been sponsored mostly by one company. For the project to fully transition
to the Apache Way governance model, development must shift towards the meritocracy-centric
model of growing a balanced community of contributors.

== Orphaned products ==

Glyptodon, Nanocloud Software, and other companies are fully committed to Guacamole and have
a vested interest in making Guacamole succeed by driving its close integration with sister
ASF projects. Commercial reliance on Guacamole by third-party companies, as well as widespread
public interest in cloud-based access as a whole, reduces the risk of the product being orphaned.

== Inexperience with Open Source ==

Glyptodon has been developing and using open source software since its inception in 2013.
Additionally, several ASF veterans agreed to mentor the project and are listed in this proposal.
The Guacamole project will rely on their guidance and collective wisdom to quickly transition
the entire team of initial committers towards practicing the Apache Way.

== Reliance on Salaried Developers ==

Most of the contributors are paid to work in cloud space. While they might wander from their
current employers, they are unlikely to venture far from their core expertises and thus will
continue to be engaged with the project regardless of their current employers.

== An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==

Our primary interest in bringing Guacamole to Apache is to foster growth within the project
and its community of developers and users. We have no plans to make use of the Apache brand
in press releases, nor to advertise acceptance of Guacamole into Apache Incubator.

== Required Resources ==

=== Mailing Lists ===

 * (moderated subscriptions)

=== Git Repository ===


=== Issue Tracking ===

 * JIRA Project Guacamole (GUAC)

=== Other Resources ===

 * Means of setting up regular builds for Guacamole on

== Initial Committers ==

 * Mike Jumper
 * James Muehlner

== Affiliations ==

 * Glyptodon : Mike Jumper, James Muehlner

== Mentors == 

 * Jean-Baptiste Onofré ( - Apache Member

== Sponsoring Entity ==

We would like to propose Apache incubator to sponsor this project.

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