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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject Incubator Board Report, May 2006
Date Wed, 24 May 2006 01:14:20 GMT
Projects continue to settle into the task of Incubation.  We will likely
hold a meeting at ApacheCon EU in June to work on documentation to try and
polish our processes and documentation.  Might be worth having a BOF one
evening for every attendee involved in the Incubator.

A nice thing to see has been that with a continued influx of projects has
come new mentors.

Although we don't have any projects applying for TLP status this month, we
may have a few soon.

	--- Noel

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ActiveMQ

The STATUS file for the project is up to date. The code is clean and using
only Apache-compliant libraries, it has the correct copyright notices and is
in the org.apache.activemq namespace. We've got all the software grants
sorted and all developers have their CLAs on file and accounts created. The
project's active mailing lists are proof of the vibrant community behind
ActiveMQ. Nathan Mittler was voted in as committer due to his excellent work
on the C++ client for ActiveMQ.

The Java code base has has being going through QA and stabilization for the
past few months and several release candidates for 4.0 have been cut. The
4.0 final release is currently under Vote and we expect to have a final
release very shortly. Development is starting to gear up now for the 4.1
release and we are excited to find out where the community and committers
drive the development of the next 4.1 release.

The website home page has now been sorted out and is being checked into svn.
The static HTML is being generated from a Confluence wiki and content is
very easy to update now. See:  http://incubator.apache.org/activemq/


ADF Faces

Mailing lists, subversion repository, and JIRA setup was completed, along
with accounts for two new committers to the podling. Initial code drop
committed to repository, starting to work through package name adjustments
and code review.


Cayenne

Initial committer accounts were created and the Jira migration was
completed. Migration of SourceForge CVS to Apache SVN was completed. New
modules developed since the Incubator proposal was submitted (namely JPA
module) are switched to the new package naming: org.apache.cayenne. The core
modules still use org.objectstyle.cayenne naming.


Kabuki

Working on project documentation and logistics for using toolkit hosted at
Apache.


Lokahi

Not much going on this month, after a fairly active month in April. Not
issues that need the Incubator PMC or Board attention at this time. Hoping
to get more done in the next month or two...


Lucene.Net

Lucene.Net is progressing well. Recently MSDN style documentation was added,
the website was ironed out a bit and we are on track to release Lucene.Net
1.9 by end of May. Also, the mailing list at ASF is now starting to see some
traffic. We are still awaiting the finalization to add our second committer,
to the project which we expect to be completed this month.


Ode

Accounts have been created for almost everybody in the first round of
committers. Active discussion is underway about various subjects such as the
engine core structure or the deployment model. An IRC chat is scheduled to
kick-start these issues. A couple of modules (parser and bom) have also been
voted to be imported in Ode's trunk.


OFBiz

The main issue at the moment continues to be the gathering of iCLAs. We're
making progress:

  Total number of contributors contacted: 104
  Number of contributors with iCLA already filed at ASF: 41
  Number of contributors that have already sent their iCLA, but still not
filed at ASF: 18
  Number of contributors who have not yet sent their iCLA: 45

We will begin discussing alternative strategies, such as clean-room
re-implementations, for code whose contributors have not sent in their CLAs
yet.

We've made some significant progress in replacing LGPL jars, mainly JOTM,
the default transaction manager of OFBiz. We've integrated the
Geronimo/Jencks transaction manager (TM) into OFBiz, and early testing shows
it's working fine. We continue testing and gathering feedback, and
anticipate that we will be able to remove the JOTM jars soon. At the same
time, we will be able to remove some other, less critical, LGPLed jars. Once
that's done, we plan to move the OFBiz codebase to the Incubator SVN server

A new committer has been added to the project (Jacques Le Roux): he is a
longtime contributor and is doing some interesting implementation for the
POS (Point of Sale) component, so the core group of initial committers has
(succesfully) voted to grant him commit rights to the POS component.


ServiceMix

The  STATUS file for the project is up to date. The code is clean and using
only Apache-compliant libraries, it has the correct copyright notices and is
in the org.apache.servicemix namespace. We've got all the software grants
sorted and all developers have their CLAs on file and accounts created. The
project has very active mailing lists.

The code base is going through a stabilization phase. The community is
actively working on cutting Servicemix 3.0 M1 release candidates. Hopefully
once of those release candidates will make it to a votes and pass soon.

The website home page has now been sorted out and is being checked into svn.
The static HTML is being generated from a Confluence wiki and content is
very easy to update now. See:  http://incubator.apache.org/servicemix/


stdcxx

Stdcxx status report for the calendar quarter ending in 4/2006:

This is the third quarterly report for stdcxx.

Since the last report the stdcxx community has added a new committer, Anton
Pevtsov, and with his help successfully completed the release of version
4.1.3 of the project.

Since the relase the team has made significant progress migrating the Rogue
Wave C++ Standard Library test harness and test suite to the Apache stdcxx
test driver. The stdcxx community also continues to increase the visibility
of the project with the goal of further raising the number as well as
diversity of its users, contributors, and committers.

The plan for the next three months is to continue to work on migrating the
test suite and, in parallel, to enhance the support for the C++ Standard
Library extensions described in the Technical Report on C++ Library
Extensions and recently voted into the working paper of the (next) C++
Standard expected to be released by 2009.


Synapse

After the M1 release in December, Synapse had a slow start to the year.
However, recently the project has restarted in full vigor with some key
design improvements to make things cleaner and easier to develop. The focus
on the XML config model has been reduced with the Synapse system being run
on an object model config which can be filled using the XML config language
or directly (or from a database or whatever). We're now working towards an
M2 release ASAP to get wider feedback on the core design and architecture
and if that goes well another release by ApacheCon to get closer to the
desired function for the system.

Community development is also making slow but steady progress. The diversity
has improved and we've recently added a new committer as well. If all goes
well and if the community development continues, Synapse should be ready for
graduation soon - probably before ApacheCon.


Tuscany

On the Java side, Community and code development are continuing. We have
added two new committers (Ant Elder and Daniel Kulp) since the last report
and have many other people active on the mailing lists. We have been working
toward a Java release which is intended to allow others to easily contribute
plugins and other functionality in order to further expand the community. A
vote on a candidate started on the development list (as of 5/18/06) and if
passed we will be asking the Incubator PMC for permission to release it.

After a slower start development is now also ramping up on the C++ codebase
but additional effort will be needed to attract new community members.


WebWork 2

We resolved the remaining IP issues that included LGPL Javascript
dependencies, invalid copyrights (MyCorp, Inc), and code grants for valid
copyrights. The Struts PMC then successfully voted to accept the WebWork 2
podling and the Incubator PMC vote passed as well. The infrastructure and
website-related graduation tasks have been completed and we are now fully
graduated.


Woden

Woden project members are actively engaged with the W3C Web Service
Description Working Group to define interoperability testing. Woden has now
implemented the WSDL Component Model Interchange Format which is being used
to compare parser implementations. A W3C interop event is being planned for
July 5-7 at the IBM Toronto Lab. Woden project members will participate in
this event. The goal of this event is to advance the WSDL 2.0 specification
beyond the Candidate Recommendation stage.


Yoko

Project just started incubation. CLAs are on file for the initial
committers. A CCLA has been received for the initial contributions of Java
ORB implementation and the code has been imported into SVN repository.
Mailing lists, subversion repository, and JIRA setup was completed. Activity
is starting on the development mailing list.

Currently dev team started to discuss what would be a good first milestone
release and its definition.


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