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From "David N. Welton" <dav...@dedasys.com>
Subject Re: Proposal for OFBiz to Join the ASF
Date Thu, 12 Jan 2006 19:36:50 GMT
J Aaron Farr wrote:
> On 1/10/06, David E. Jones <jonesde@ofbiz.org> wrote:

>>We are all looking forward to your comments and desire to express in
>>advance appreciation for all that you have done and are doing for the
>>open source world and the software world in general through your
>>efforts in the Apache Software Foundation.

> This proposal has caught my interest.  I'd be willing to help mentor.

Great:-)

> A couple of points:

> The proposal says that this project is to be sponsored by the ASF
> Board.  Is that correct?  Did the Board already +1 on or are we still
> searching for a sponsoring entity?

The board response was along the lines of "why is this here?", so I
guess the Incubator PMC should be the sponsoring entity if there is to
be one.

> Apache has generally stayed away from end user applications and
> instead focuses on infrastructure and middleware.  That's not
> completey true, but is a good rule of thumb.  For example, a lot of
> contributors and supporters of the ASF use our code to create
> ecommerce products.  I'm a little worried that some may view this
> proposal as the ASF attempting to compete with these contributors.

I think we should look at whether this project is a good fit for the ASF
 (I think so, or I wouldn't have mentioned the idea to them) rather than
if we are stepping on someone's toes.  Geronimo steps on toes.  Harmony
does to some degree, as well.  Once upon a time, people sold web
servers, and httpd stepped on their toes.

And for what it's worth, the problems that OFBiz attempts to solve are
hard, and there is a lot of room for competitors - both those that build
other systems as well as those that build on top of OFBiz.  JIRA, for
instance, is built on top of code from the OFBiz guys.

-- 
David N. Welton
- http://www.dedasys.com/davidw/

Linux, Open Source Consulting
- http://www.dedasys.com/


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