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Subject svn commit: r1306328 - /incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/timeline.mdtext
Date Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:52:57 GMT
Author: bdelacretaz
Date: Wed Mar 28 13:52:57 2012
New Revision: 1306328

flesh out the timeline


Modified: incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/timeline.mdtext
--- incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/timeline.mdtext (original)
+++ incubator/flex/site/trunk/content/flex/timeline.mdtext Wed Mar 28 13:52:57 2012
@@ -16,34 +16,50 @@ Notice:    Licensed to the Apache Softwa
            specific language governing permissions and limitations
            under the License.
-## DRAFT timeline of Apache Flex
+## Timeline of Apache Flex incubation
-The goal of this page is to document the history of Apache Flex, since Adobe decided to donate
it to
-the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).
+The goal of this page is to document the history of the Apache Flex incubation, starting
with Adobe 
+deciding to donate it to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).
 It might be useful for other similar projects, or any incubating project, as an example of
what's needed to 
 incubate at Apache. 
-See for the official Incubator documentation.
+See []( for the official Incubator
documentation, and
+in particular the [incubation process description](
+##2012: Adobe decides to contribute Flex to the ASF
+The decision is made to incubate Flex at the ASF. Work starts on the incubation proposal,
on explaining
+internally what this means, on the legal/IP clearance steps required to donate the code and
on recruiting 
+initial committers who will help get the project started.
 ##December 12th, 2011: Flex Summit
-Videos of the summit are available:
+The [Flex Summit]( is organized
to make
+the Flex community aware of the upcoming changes, and to allow initial Flex committers to
sign up and network.
+Among the available videos, these two provide interesting insights on how Apache projects
work, by Roy Fielding,
+one of the ASF's founders:
+  - [What it means to be an Apache project, part 1](
+  - [What it means to be an Apache project, part 2](
+The following blog posts provide other views on the event, and show that it was useful for
the Flex community
+and for the upcoming Apache Flex project:
-  -
-   -
+ - [Flex given to the Apache Software Foundation – round-up and opportunities](
+ - [Huge Adobe Partnership to Open Source Flex with Apache Software Foundation …](
-##December 19th: blog posts show that people get it: 
-People start blogging about the Flex incubation, posts like these two seem to indicate that
-intentions were correctly communicated:
+##December 20th:  incubation proposal submitted
- -
- -
+The [Incubation proposal]( is submitted
+and [discussed](
on the incubator-general mailing list, followed after a few days (once the 
+discussions dies down) by the Incubator PMC vote mentioned below.
-##December 20th:  incubation proposal submitted and discussed
+The list of incubation mentors is completed during the proposal's discussion phase, after
asking for volunteers
+when submitting the proposal.
-See and the 
-[Incubator PMC vote](
+A few initial committers are also added during the discussion phase.
 ##December 22nd, vote for Anne and Dave as incubator PMC members
 Project mentors need to be members of the Incubator PMC, ASF members just need to ask to
get this membership.
@@ -53,26 +69,40 @@ around December 22 for Anne and Dave.
 ##December 27th, [VOTE] Flex to join the Apache Incubator
-TODO link
-##December 30th, vote passes.
+The [Incubator PMC vote](

+lasts at least 72 hours, after which whoever started it
+[tallies it](
+the vote for Flex passes on December 30th.
 ## Late December 2011, basic infrastructure is created
-- - create mailing lists
-- - create JIRA instance
+See for example the 
+[INFRA-4260]( (create mailing lists)
+[INFRA-4262]( (create JIRA instance)
+Flex is added to the Incubator's [reporting schedule](
+The [Flex incubation status page]( is created.
-Flex is added to
+People are invited to subscribe to the new Apache Flex [mailing lists](/flex/mailing-lists.html)
-The page is created.
+Those lists are added to []( for convenience, using
the markmail feedback form.
-People are invited to subscribe to the next Apache Flex [mailing lists](/flex/mailing-lists.html)
+Discussions and consensus building start, including clarifications about the role of the
PPMC, committers
+and community, whether to create roadmaps or just let things evolve organically, etc.
-Those lists are added to for convenience, using the markmail feedback
+##Late 2011 and early 2012: user accounts
+Mentors request creation of Apache accounts for the initial committers listed in the
+[incubation proposal](, after asking people
which Apache ID
+they would like, avoiding collisions with [existing IDs](
-Discussions start, consensus building, clarifying what the PPMC is, roadmap or not.
+Initial committers, who are also PPMC members, are invited to subscribe to the Flex private
mailing list 
+(which is used for discussions about people, new committers etc. and as little as possible
besides that) and 
+made aware of the [Apache guide for new committers](
-##January 17th, software grant received
+##January 17th, 2012: software grant received
 Adobe's [software grant]( is received by
the ASF's 
 secretary, the Flex code can now be imported into Apache Flex's code repository.
@@ -82,8 +112,15 @@ secretary, the Flex code can now be impo
 [Adobe's view of Flex and its commitments to Flex in the future](
 published, helps explain how it intends to collaborate with Flex.
+##February 22nd: a new committer
+Justin Mclean is the first Flex committer to be voted in, after a short discussion and a
vote on the Flex private 
+mailing list, as per the [incubator's instructions](
+##March 27th: MXMLC donation announced
+The legal/IP clearance work for that module is done on the Adobe side, that code is ready
to be donated.
-- pointers to svn and JIRA import
+- pointers to svn and JIRA import, JIRA issues
 - logo contest
-- whiteboard in svn
-- discussions about what belongs where in the codebase
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+- whiteboard in svn, explain the idea
+- trademark agreement
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