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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: PROPOSAL : Apache Harmony - J2SE 5 Project
Date Fri, 06 May 2005 23:11:18 GMT
+1 from me (wearing PMC hat)

geir

On May 6, 2005, at 6:51 PM, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:

> Dear Incubator PMC :
>
> We, the sponsoring members listed below, ask that you accept the  
> following proposal for a new project at Apache, an effort centered  
> around architecting and implementing J2SE 5.
>
> Note to all :
>
> We have established a list for discussions to keep project-specific  
> mail traffic from overwhelming the general incubator list.  Unless  
> your comment is directed to the general Incubator community or the  
> Incubator PMC, please post everything Harmony-related to :
>
>     harmony-dev@incubator.apache.org
>
> You can subscribe by sending an email to
>
>     harmony-dev-subscribe@incubator.apache.org
>
> Until this proposal has been accepted by the Apache Incubator PMC,  
> these lists are provisional and do not constitute official lists  
> for the project.
>
>
> Project Harmony
> ===============
>
> Motivation
> ----------
>
> There is a clear need for an open-source version of Java 2,  
> Standard Edition (J2SE) runtime platform, and there are many  
> ongoing efforts to produce solutions (Kaffe, Classpath, etc).   
> There are also efforts that provide alternative approaches to  
> execution of Java bytecode (GCJ and IKVM).  All of these efforts  
> provide a diversity of solutions, which is healthy, but barriers  
> exist which prevent these efforts from reaching a greater potential.
>
> Proposal
> --------
>
> We propose that we create a new Apache project, Harmony, that will  
> achieve the following goals :
>
> 1) create a Compatible, independent implementation of J2SE 5
>   under the Apache License v2
>
> 2) create a community-developed modular runtime (VM and class library)
>   architecture to allow independent implementations to share runtime
>   components, and allow independent innovation in runtime components
>
> In doing so, we intend to create a broad, collaborative community  
> of contributors, implementors and users of the modular platform  
> specification.
>
> To begin, we propose the following as a basic architectural  
> blueprint as a starting point for our discussion :
>
>      http://people.apache.org/~geirm/harmony.jpg
>
> We will create directly, via inclusion of independent third-party  
> code, or through contribution :
>
> a) a freely implementable specification of a modular VM
>   and class library that allows for multiple, independent
>   implementations
>
> b) a test suite for interoperability testing of the modules
>
> c) an implementation under the Apache License of the modular VM
>
> d) a class library under the Apache License compatible with
>   the J2SE 5 specification that implements the defined interfaces
>
> We will start with this mechanism because we desire to :
>
> - have a simple plan upon which coding can immediately begin
>
> - ensure that we have a focal point to begin the conversation
>   among interested members of the community
>
> - have a clearly defined set of technical needs to allow
>   potential contributors, either code contributors or
>   individual participants, a basis for consideration
>
> - ensure that this is a community effort - together we will
>   architect and implement via fresh new code or donation
>
> - produce a set of specifications/designs allowing multiple
>   interoperable implementations that allow for sharing,
>   extension and innovation
>
> We propose that the following people are considered the starting  
> participants. This set represents members from across the  
> community, this diversity a factor we wish to start with and  
> preserve as we grow.
>
> These individuals have expressed an interest in participating in  
> the architecture and design work.  The information in parenthesis  
> indicates other community participation or relevant experiences of  
> that individual :
>
>   Guy Churchward (individual w/ commercial VM experience)
>   Joakim Dahlstedt (individual w/ commercial VM experience)
>   Jeroen Frijters (IKVM)
>   Geir Magnusson Jr. (Apache)
>   Ricardo Morin (individual w/ commercial VM experience)
>   Georges Saab (individual w/ commercial VM experience)
>   Bruno Souza (SOUJava)
>   Davanum Srinivas (Apache)
>   Dalibor Topic (Kaffe)
>   Tom Tromey (GCJ)
>   Weldon Washburn (individual w/ commercial VM experience)
>   Mark Wielaard (Classpath)
>
> and the following individuals have expressed interest in  
> participating as committers for the Apache-licensed implementation :
>
>   Jeroen Frijters (IKVM)
>   Ben Laurie (Apache)
>   Geir Magnusson Jr. (Apache)
>   Ricardo Morin (individual w/ commercial VM experience)
>   Bruno Souza (SOUJava)
>   Davanum Srinivas (Apache)
>   Dalibor Topic (Kaffe)
>   Tom Tromey (GCJ)
>   Weldon Washburn (individual w/ commercial VM experience)
>
> These individuals will participate as Incubator Mentors :
>
>   Noel Bergman
>   Ben Laurie
>   Geir Magnusson Jr.
>   Stefano Mazzocchi
>   Sam Ruby
>   Leo Simons
>   Davanum Srinivas
>
> The following Apache Members will be the sponsoring members :
>
>   Noel Bergman
>   Jason Hunter
>   Ben Laurie
>   Ted Leung
>   Geir Magnusson Jr.
>   Stefano Mazzocchi
>   Sam Ruby
>   Leo Simons
>   Davanum Srinivas
>
> The following community members support this effort :
>
>   Danese Cooper
>   Brian Goetz
>   Doug Lea
>
> Operating Considerations
> ------------------------
>
> 0) We have established a list for discussions.  Unless your comment  
> is directed to the general Incubator community or the Incubator  
> PMC, please post everything to :
>
>     harmony-dev@incubator.apache.org
>
> You can subscribe by sending an email to
>
>     harmony-dev-subscribe@incubator.apache.org
>
> Until this proposal has been accepted by the Apache Incubator PMC,  
> these lists are provisional.
>
> 1) Due to the various known and unknown risk factors of this  
> project, we propose that in addition to the required Individual  
> Contributor License Agreement (ICLA) we shall require that any  
> committer to Harmony will have a Corporate Contributor License  
> Agreement (CCLA), when appropriate, on file with the ASF Secretary,  
> and will keep that document current with respect to current  
> employer to preserve committer status.  We do this in order to help  
> protect the community, both contributors and users, from  
> unauthorized incorporation of code or other intellectual property.
>
> 2) Historically, there has been wide exposure to VM and class- 
> library-specific source code that is the property of Sun  
> Microsystems as well as others, as it is common for commercial J2SE  
> implementations to be based on licensed Sun code.  We wish to make  
> every effort to ensure that the licenses and rights of external  
> projects and efforts is properly respected.  To that end, we will  
> explore additional ways to work with the Apache Incubator to ensure  
> that all IP is carefully monitored and tracked as it enters the  
> project.
>
>
> -- 
> Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437
> geirm@apache.org
>
>
>
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