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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject March 2006 Incubator Report
Date Wed, 15 Mar 2006 01:31:29 GMT
The Incubator will switch over to providing monthly reports to reduce the
size of each one, with roughly 1/3 of projects reporting each month.  We did
not reach 1/3 this month, but will pick up the pace next month.

Currently, we are revisiting Incubator policy with an eye to streamline
procedures, provide more oversight, and improve clarity and scalability.
There is some dicussion and difference of opinion on how many Mentors should
be necesary, but I'm sure that we will soon come to a consensus.

Less debate on the idea that a Mentor is an Incubator PMC member who is
providing oversight and guidance.  ASF Members can automatically join the
Incubator PMC upon request.  The Incubator PMC has also chosen to elect
non-Members to the PMC.

An IP claim was made this month regarding some code contributed to Harmony.
Harmony has not provided a report this month, but is actively and properly
addressing the matter.

Related to the Incubator only because we are the entry portal for projects,
we are seeing increasing pressure caused by the fact that JIRA cannot import
projects from existing JIRA instances.  A number of projects have external
issue tracking in JIRA that would like to have their issues migrated.  It
has not been a high priority for Atlassian, but perhaps we're starting to
see enough of an outcry from some of projects for things to change.  Plus,
with the underlying OFBiz technology becoming an ASF project, perhaps we can
get more hands involved in that layer of code.  An alternative would be to
host multiple JIRA instances, just as we currently host two instances of
bugzilla, the extra one being for SpamAssassin, although the RAM footprint
for that alternative could prove prohibitive.

JackRabbit has applied to the Board for TLP status.  The Incubator PMC has
voted to endorse the petition, and wishes the project much success.

Other projects are also doing quite well.  Were it not for the licensing
issue related to its use of Hibernate, I would consider Roller to be in pole
position for TLP status.

Below are contributed reports from those projects reporting this month.
JackRabbit is expected to graduate.  Kabuki and OFBiz should provide reports
next quarter.  I'll ask ActiveMQ, ServiceMix and Cayanne to submit more
detailed information again this quarter.

	--- Noel

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ActiveMQ
--------

We have successfully released the 4.0-M4 milestone release of ActiveMQ and
are actively seeking feedback on if ActiveMQ can leave the incubator.


Cayenne
-------

Cayenne just entered the incubator.


Jackrabbit
----------

Jackrabbit accomplished its first official incubating release with version
0.9 of the Apache Jackrabbit reference implementation and JCR-RMI tools. Day
Software has confirmed that the version 0.9 jars have passed the JCR 1.0 TCK
with the current exclude list.

We are now getting reorganized for graduation from the Incubator to our own
top-level project at the Apache Software Foundation. The Jackrabbit
committers voted on March 11, 2006, to request graduation. In addition, we
made a call to refresh the list of active committers for an accurate
presentation to the board; Stefano Mazzocchi, Gianugo Rabellino, Tim Reilly,
and Andrew Savory have requested emeritus status, meaning that they won't be
listed on the initial project management committee but are welcome to come
back if they choose to rejoin the project at a later time.


Kabuki
------

We have created the mailing lists and source repository but are still
waiting for initial committer accounts to be created. The contributed source
code has been changed to the Apache license and source packages renamed
appropriately. As soon as a majority of the initial committers have write
access to the repository, the source will be moved to the Apache servers.


OFBiz
-----

The OFBiz project has commenced incubation in a slow-but-steady way, as can
be seen here:

 http://incubator.apache.org/projects/ofbiz.html

Most of the infrastructure is set up and waiting to be transitioned, but the
concensus seems to be to take things slowly. There are a fair number of
people using the infrastructure, and making a mess of it for very long would
create problems for users.

All of the original committers bar Si Chen (who has sent his CLA in, and is
waiting for it to be processed) have got their accounts.

Work is ongoing to eliminate any LGPL code, although it appears there are
some technical obstacles:

 http://lists.ofbiz.org/pipermail/dev/2006-March/010036.html

(I'm not much of a Java guy, so anyone willing to help out there is welcome
to have at it!)

In terms of collecting CLA's, there is a lot of work to be done, but the
OFBiz guys are chipping away at it:

 http://ofbizwiki.go-integral.com/Wiki.jsp?page=OFBizDevelopers

For those interested in technical developments, Si Chen does a weekly
roundup of interesting changes here:

 http://ofbiz-new.blogspot.com/


ServiceMix
----------

We are in the process of preparing a milestone release.


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