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From J Aaron Farr <fa...@apache.org>
Subject [VOTE] OFBiz Proposal
Date Wed, 25 Jan 2006 03:44:41 GMT
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/OFBizProposal

= OFBiz Proposal =

This proposal outlines the creation of a new, top-level Open for
Business (OFBiz) project within the Apache Software Foundation.

== Rationale ==

The Open For Business Project is an open source enterprise automation
software project.
By open source enterprise automation we mean: Open Source ERP, Open Source CRM,
Open Source E-Business / E-Commerce, Open Source SCM, Open Source MRP, Open
Source CMMS/EAM, and so on. It is one of the few apps of this type to be under a
"BSD-style" license, and developed by a community, rather than one corporation.
The maintainers of OFBiz are interested in joining the Apache Software
Foundation for
several reasons:

 * The legal umbrella. There are no outstanding legal issues with
OFBiz, but the protection that Apache affords is valuable to the
developers' peace of mind as their   project grows. It is a benefit
for both contributors and end-users to have a trusted   entity
involved with this aspect of the software.

 * Resolve current potential licensing issues with copyright license
assignment and patent license grants that are addressed in the Apache
2.0 license, but not in the MIT license. We had considered making this
change independently earlier this year.

 * Increase public awareness of OFBiz and of the application of Apache
licensing to   business aplication level software. Lately the news is
full of companies that are using  a dual-license (GPL and commercial)
model for enterprise software and OFBiz   working with Apache opens an
opportunity to strengthen what we feel is a much   higher value way of
doing things for both contributors and users.

 * Help the project attract contributors and service providers to
attract clients who would   feel more comfortable with the licensing
coming through a well known and  established organization like Apache.

== Criteria ==

=== Community ===

OFBiz has striven to foster a diverse community that is open to
everyone. It is released
under a non-reciprocal license to encourage the maximum possible adoption by all
potential users and developers. The OFBiz community encourages suggestions and
contributions from any potential user, and more developers have joined
as contributors
since the project's inception in 2001.

=== Meritocracy ===

OFBiz was originally created by David E. Jones and Andy Zeneski in May 2001. The
project now has committers and users from around the world. The newer
committers of
the project joined in subsequent years by initially submitting
patches, then having
commit privileges for some of the applications, and then privileges
over a larger range of
applications. The project members understand the importance of letting motivated
individuals contribute to the project after they have proven themselves.

== Scope of Subprojects ==

OFBiz is distributed as one large subversion tree, but contains two
distinct parts: a
framework, and a number of applications built with that framework. At
some point in
the future, it is conceivable that these become two subprojects, or more, were
applications deemed suitable to be developed independently.
Additionally, the OFBiz
subversion repository contains a "specialized" directory with vertical
applications
specific to particular businesses. Where these are grown and
contributed to, they could
also potentially take on a "life of their own", or split off into
separate projects that do not
ship with the core.

== Features ==

OFBiz is both a set of flexible, extensible applications such as
"e-commerce", "order
management", "catalog management", "work effort" and so on, designed
by engineers
with years of experience in the problem domain, as well as a framework
that makes it
possible to create new applications that exist with others.

== Initial Source ==

OFBiz was developed by David E. Jones and Andy Zeneski.

== Resources to be Created ==

User, Dev, and Announce mailing lists.
Copy current subversion code, and create a commits mailing list.
Copy JIRA issues into Apache system.
Create Wiki?

== Avoiding the Warning Signs ==

=== Orphaned products: ===

The OFBiz code is currently used and maintained by the authors and
others, who depend
on it for their livelihood. Continued development of OFBiz continues
on a daily basis,
and there are on average 50 new commits to the OFBiz SVN source tree
per week. In
fact, there is a weekly development summary on this web site:
http://ofbiz-new.blogspot.com .

=== Inexperience with Open Source: ===

The developers use a number of other open source projects within OFBiz, and are
interested in how best to make open source work with their project, both from a
community and business perspective.

=== Homogeneous Developers: ===

The developers are diverse, both geographically and in terms of their employers:

 * David E. Jones and Andy Zeneski are from the United States (Orem,
UT and New York City) and are the founders of Undersun Consulting LLC
(which is a separate and independent entity from The Open For Business
Project and has no ownership or other legal relationship to it, as was
planned from the beginning).

 * Hans Bakker is from the Netherlands but now lives in Thailand and
runs consulting and services companies in both countries.

 * Al Byers is from Utah and is an independent consultant.

 * Jacopo Cappellato is from Italy and works on manufacturing
management and related software for his company, TAU Informatica SrL.

 * Si Chen is from Los Angeles and is both an OFBiz user at his
company Gracious Style, Inc. and service provider at Open Source
Strategies, Inc.

In addition, there are other contributors from France, Germany,
Portugal, the UK, US, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, China, and
various other countries.

Many contributors come from a software background, but OFBiz has also
attracted many people from business and other backgrounds that are
somewhat technical and have learned enough of the technology to
contribute significantly to the project.

=== Reliance on Salaried Developers: ===

There is a good balance of developers in the OFBiz community today.
Many of the developers are independents who rely on OFBiz for their
consulting work, while others
work at end user organizations for whom OFBiz is a core part of the
technology mix.

=== No Ties to other Apache Products: ===

Many Apache products are used within OFBiz, including Tomcat, Derby,
Xerces, Jakarta
commons, Lucene, Xalan, ORO, Log4j. Also, the proprietary bug tracking
tool used at
the ASF, JIRA, is based on technology from OFBiz.

=== A Fascination with the Apache Brand: ===

The developers of OFBiz have been quite successful on their own and
could continue on
that path with no problems at all. They are interested in joining the
ASF in order to
increase their contacts and visibility in the open source world.

== Committers ==

 * David E. Jones
 * Andy Zeneski
 * Si Chen
 * Al Byers
 * Jacopo Cappellato
 * Hans Bakker

== Proposed Apache Sponsor ==
Incubator PMC

== Champions ==

 * David N. Welton <davidw@apache.org>
 * Yoav Shapira <yoavs@apache.org>
 * J Aaron Farr <farra@apache.org>


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  jaaron

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