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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "NetBeansProposal" by BertrandDelacretaz
Date Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:30:37 GMT
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NetBeans proposal as supplied by GeertjanWielenga

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= NetBeansProposal =
NetBeans is an open source development environment, tooling platform, and application framework,
used by 1.5 million individuals each month.

== Proposal ==
Apache NetBeans will continue to focus on the areas it has focused on while sponsored by Sun
Microsystems and Oracle. It will continue to primarily focus on providing tools for the Java
ecosystem, while also being focused on tools for other ecosystems, languages and technologies,
such as JavaScript, PHP, and C/C++. It will continue to actively support its community by
means of mailing lists, tutorials, and documentation.

== Background ==
NetBeans started in 1995/96 in Prague, in the Czech Republic, as a student project. Sun Microsystems
acquired and open sourced it in 2000 and, with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle
in 2010, became part of Oracle. Throughout its history in Sun Microsystems and Oracle, NetBeans
has been free and open source and has been leveraged by its sponsor as a mechanism for driving
the Java ecosystem forward.

== Rationale ==
Although NetBeans is already open source, moving it to a neutral place like Apache, with its
strong governance model, is expected to help get more contributions from various organizations.
For example, large companies are using NetBeans as an application framework to build internal
or commercial applications and are much more likely to contribute to it once it moves to neutral
Apache ground. At the same time, though Oracle will relinquish its control over NetBeans,
individual contributors from Oracle are expected to continue contributing to NetBeans after
it has been contributed to Apache, together with individual contributors from other organizations,
as well as self-employed individual contributors.

== Initial Goals ==
The initial goals of the NetBeans contribution under the Apache umbrella are to establish
a new home for an already fully functioning project and to open up the governance model so
as to simplify and streamline contributions from the community.

== Current Status ==
Meritocracy: NetBeans has been run by Oracle, with the majority of code contributions coming
from Oracle. The specific reason for moving to Apache is to expand the diversity of contributors
and to increase the level of meritocracy in NetBeans. Apache NetBeans will be actively seeking
new contributors and will welcome them warmly and provide a friendly and productive environment
for purposes of providing a development environment, tooling environment, and application

Community: NetBeans has approximately 1.5 million active users around the world, in extremely
diverse structures and organizations. NetBeans is used by teachers and instructors at schools
and universities to teach Java and other languages. It is used by students as an educational
tool. It is used by large organizations who base their software on the application framework
beneath NetBeans. It is used by web developers for creating web sites and by developers using
a range of tools, languages, and technologies to be productive and efficient software developers.

Core Developers: The core developers will come from a range of organizations, including Oracle,
which will continue its investment in NetBeans.

Alignment: The application framework is the basis of a range of mission critical scientific
software at large organizations in defense, aerospace, logistics, and research, such as at
Boeing, Airbus, NASA, and NATO.

== Known Risks ==
Orphaned Products: The community proposing NetBeans for incubation is strong and vibrant.
The size and diversity of the community is a guarantee against the project being orphaned.

Inexperience with Open Source: NetBeans has been free and open source since the early days
of its sponsorship by Sun Microsystems. Though some in the NetBeans community may have worked
on Apache projects, the majority who haven't are well versed in the principles of open source.

Homogenous Developers: Individual contributors from Oracle and other initial committer organizations
will contribute code to NetBeans in Apache, while at the same time individuals from other
organizations will actively be sought to be added to the project. The aim of the move to Apache
is precisely to open up the governance model, hence the desire to build up an extremely heterogeneous
developer base is strong. For example, several organizations are very heavily invested in
the NetBeans application framework, having based their software suites on top of it, hence
there will be a significant interest to make available individual contributors from these
organizations, which tend to be large and well established in the software industry. Also,
including and beyond these organizations, the NetBeans community around the world is extremely
diverse and heterogenous in relation to geography and backgrounds of developers.

Reliance on Salaried Developers: Most of the contributors are anticipated to be paid to work
on projects in the Java ecosystem. Others will come from organizations where they are paid
to work with other languages and technologies, such as JavaScript, PHP, and C/C++. However,
since Java skills are needed to develop most parts of NetBeans, it is unlikely that the developers
will go very far outside the Java ecosystem.

Relationships with Other Apache Products: Many Apache projects have been supported by tooling
in NetBeans over the years, such as Apache Ant and Apache Maven. A number of Apache projects
are used by NetBeans, such as Apache Commons and friends.

An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand: NetBeans has a strong brand of its own. Though
the stability of the Apache ecosystem is attractive, the reason for this proposal is simply
to be part of the neutral development sharing ecosystem that Apache makes available.

== Documentation ==
See for an extensive portal to all the documentation.

== Initial Source ==
The initial source is in Mercurial at and will be moved, with assistance from
Apache infra team, to Apache Git.

== Source and IP Submission Plan ==
NetBeans is dual licensed, CDDL + GPL v2 with Classpath Exception. Upon entering Apache, the
NetBeans license will be migrated to the current Apache License.

== Trademarks ==
Oracle owns trademark registrations for the NetBeans mark in the U.S. and EU, and would donate
those, including the name "NetBeans" and the "" domain, to the Apache Foundation,
along with other artifacts, including the U.S. copyright registrations related to NetBeans.
The trademark and copyright transfers would be detailed in separate documents.

== External Dependencies ==
NetBeans is a large project with multiple dependencies and some changes may be needed during
incubation to comply with Apache requirements.

Identifying which dependencies are core and non-core will be needed as part of the process
in meeting Apache requirements about third-party dependencies. (L)GPL (and possibly other)
based dependencies and usages will need to be reviewed, and solved, as Apache does not allow
(L)GPL dependencies, although these concerns can be resolved during incubation, and are not
upfront blockers.

== Required Resources ==

 * Mailing Lists: dev, user, committs, and private
 * Wiki
 * Website
 * Source Control: Git
 * Issue Tracking
 * Release Infrastructure - Hudson/Jenkins, etc

Specific Infrastructure Requests

 * Migration of large existing Mercurial repository to Apache Git
 * Migration of internal Oracle release infrastructure to Apache infrastructure
 * Migration of plugin publication system,, to Apache infrastructure
 * Migration of website and related content management system to Apache infrastructure
 * Evaluation and identification of other NetBeans infrastructure to be migrated to Apache

Initial Committers

Below is the initial list of individual contributors, while more individual contributors will
be added during incubation. 

ASF members with a specific interest in the project are welcome to request being added to
this list of initial committers. 

After the project has been accepted and started in the incubator, additional committers can
join, as usual, based upon their merit in the project.

 * James Gosling (Liquid Robotics)
 * Kirk Pepperdine (jClarity)
 * Martijn Verburg (jClarity)
 * Bruno Souza (SouJava)
 * Leonardo Loch Zanivan (SouJava)
 * Michel Graciano (SouJava)
 * Michael Nascimento Santos (Improving)
 * Anton Epple (Dukehoff)
 * Sven Reimers (Airbus Defense and Space)
 * Martin Klaehn (Airbus Defense and Space)
 * Floran Vogler (Airbus Defense and Space)
 * Jörg Michelberger (Airbus Defense and Sapce)
 * Norman Fomferra (European Space Agency)
 * Marco Peters (European Space Agency)
 * Tonio Fincke (European Space Agency)
 * Emmanuel Hugonnet (Red Hat)
 * Mark Stephens (IDR Solutions)
 * Georgia Ingham (IDR Solutions)
 * Mike Kelly (US DOD)
 * Emilian Bold (Joseki Bold SRL)
 * Timon Veenstra (Corizon BV)
 * Kendrik Veenstra (Corizon BV)
 * Francesco Perez Duran (Corizon BV)
 * Christian Stolz (Janitza)
 * Ernest Lotter (Institute of Mine Seismology)
 * Steve Millidge (Payara Services)
 * Andrew Pielage (Payara Services)
 * Johan Vos (Gluon)
 * Jose Pereda (Gluon)
 * Neil C. Smith (PRAXIS Live)
 * Valentin Buergel (Simtec Buergel AG)
 * Stephen Cumminger (Sonideft)
 * Shai Almog (Codename One)
 * Steve Hannah (Codename One)
 * Zoran Sevarac (University of Belgrade)
 * Henry Arousell (Björn Lundén Information AB)
 * Thomas Boqvist (Björn Lundén Information AB)
 * Jaroslav Tulach (Oracle)
 * Don Kretsch (Oracle)
 * Vladimir Voskresensky (Oracle)
 * Dmitry Zharkov (Oracle)
 * Liang Chen (Oracle)
 * Geertjan Wielenga (Oracle)
 * Tomas Zezula (Oracle)
 * Dusan Balek (Oracle)
 * Svatopluk Dedic (Oracle)
 * Tomas Hurka (Oracle)
 * Milutin Kristofic (Oracle)
 * Jiri Sedlacek (Oracle)
 * Miloslav Metelka (Oracle)
 * Petr Hejl (Oracle)
 * Tomas Stupka (Oracle)
 * Petr Pisl (Oracle)
 * Martin Entlicher (Oracle)
 * Tomas Mysik (Oracle)
 * Martin Balin (Oracle)
 * Libor Fischmeister (Oracle)
 * Petr Gebauer (Oracle)
 * Ondrej Vrabec (Oracle)
 * Jaroslav Havlin (Oracle)
 * Jiri Skrivanek (Oracle)
 * Jiri Prox (Oracle)
 * Jiri Kovalsky (Oracle)


 * Bertrand Delacratez

 * Bertrand Delacratez
 * Emmanuel Lécharny
 * Ate Douma

Sponsoring Entity
 * The Apache Incubator

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