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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject July 2006 Incubator Board Report
Date Wed, 19 Jul 2006 07:40:32 GMT
This has been a busy month for the Incubator PMC, considering a number of
new submissions, such as:

  CeltixFire - a multiple vendor submission for a SOA platform
  Blaze - a proposed standard and set of implementations for messaging
          middleware interop
  Heraldry - an identity project

The Incubator continues to grow, and I have approached Dave Reid about
helping us to send out reminders to all of the Incubator projects, just as
he does for the rest of the ASF.

The Incubator PMC is reviewing our practices regarding Mentoring, and
revising our documentation in general.  Many thanks to Robert Burrell
Donkin, Noirin Plunkett, Justin Erenkrantz, Jean T. Anderson, and others for
their gratefully received contributions.

One good discussion has been on branding of projects in the Incubator.
Another good discussion was about the use of IRC, incorporated experiences
from multiple projects that use IRC, and effected the plans of at least one
Incubator project to use IRC.

Another topic that we are starting to discuss with an eye towards execution
is a policy on project dormancy, and what exactly to do to effect such a
project status.

Lastly, Cliff Schmidt raised the issue of disclosure regarding people being
contracted to act as Mentors, and the Incubator PMC agreed on a disclosure
policy that provides disclosure without appearing to be advertising.

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=== Abdera ===

 1. Continued work on the code, working towards a 0.1.0 release
 1. Added two new committers to the project (Stephen Duncan and Garrett
Rooney). Stephen is still in discussions with his employer regarding his
CLA.
 1. Rob Yates' ICLA has been received and account set up
 1. Jira has been set up

=== Agila ===

The interest around the BPEL implementation in Agila has mostly moved to Ode
and the workflow part isn't evolving so declaring the project as dormant
sounds fair enough.

=== AltRMI ===

Nothing happening.  Incubator PMC likely to declare this project as dormant
as soon as we establish the mechanics.


=== Felix ===

Upayavira says "Felix progresses well as a community, increasing in
maturity, and I believe that Felix is nearly ready to graduate. In
preparation for that we have been going over the relevant issues:
auditing licensing of code and libraries, porting non-ASF services onto
ASF hardware (a Confluence wiki) and improving our public website."

Other details:

Community:
  * Stephane Frenot was added as a committer.
  * Defined and accepted Felix community roles and processes document.
  * Working with Maven community to get OSGi packaging features into the
Maven core with the involvement of Jason van Zyl and Peter Kriens.
  * Announced "Felix Commons" initiative for bundling common libraries for
use in the OSGi framework.
  * Working on and nearing completion of various graduation tasks, such as
license verification.

Code:
  * iPOJO project contribution which uses byte code instrumentation to
enable POJOs to be used in an OSGi environment and to simplify OSGi
development.
  * Event Admin standard OSGi R4 service implementation committed along with
bridges for UPnP, Wire Admin, and User Admin.
  * Managed OSGi framework using JMX committed.
  * Committed major updates to the OSGi Maven plugin to simplify bundle
packaging by auto-generating bundle metadata with the involvement of Peter
Kriens.
  * Many improvements to core Felix OSGi framework, such as auto-detecting
which core packages to export based on the current execution environment.
  * Several OSGi-related presentations at ApacheCon EU from Felix community
members.

Licensing:
  * Migrated Service Binder to kxml2 to avoid licensing issues with kxml1,
thanks to community member Jan Rellermeyer.
  * Need further investigation of MX4J licensing; it appears to be a
derivative of the Apache license.
  * Need further investigation of javax.microedition licensing.
  * Ensured that all source code has appropriate license headers

=== FtpServer ===

Nothing happening.  Incubator PMC likely to declare this project as dormant
as soon as we establish the mechanics.

=== Graffito ===

Raphael Luta is currently the only mentor for the Graffito project
that has been under incubation for nearly 2 years now.

Graffito is a CMS system now built on top of Jackrabbit and providing
a portlet based user interface. As such it is mostly suited to integrate
with portal containers like Jetspeed but some of the services provided
(like JCR mapping) can be useful outside of portal context.

While we've managed to slowly build a community around the initial
2 men codebase, we're still very far from having a sustainable
independant community around Graffito.

Due to his numerous other activities, Raphael feels he cannot provide alone
the adequate mentoring required by this project and so we are looking for
additionnal mentors to help grow the Graffito community and graduate it.

=== Harmony ===

The Harmony project continues to grow in both community and code.

On the community side, our mail list traffic continues to increase, with an
all-time high of 1495 messages on the dev list in June.  As of this writing,
there are 895 messages so far for July. These numbers do not include any
commit or JIRA traffic.  Content of the list is fairly healthy, concerned
with the technical aspects of both our virtual machines as well as the class
library.  Recent donations are increasing the diversity of participation in
terms of individuals, with the majority of new faces participating in and
around the virtual machine donation from Intel.  Mail list traffic on the
ppmc list is very low, and with the exception of one issue related to a
contribution, pertains only to new committer and ppmc member discussion and
votes.  We have added 4 new committers, have several identified as
potential, and have recently voted to add committers to the PPMC (although
they haven't been notified as of this moment).

On the technical side, we have been fortunate to continue to receive code
from 3rd parties, primarily Intel.  These donations represent code that was
intended for Harmony but due to a combination of internal "process" backlog
at Intel, as well as a sensitivity to the rate at which the community can
digest and adopt the code, not all code was donated at once.  We are very
sensitive to ensuring that after a donation happens, any development on that
continues in the project, and we constantly look for ways to enable people
to help.  We have recieved significant additions like Swing/AWT/Java 2D for
the class library, as well as the "DRLVM" modern virtual machine, which now
gives us about 81% coverage of the Java 1.4 API (estimated at 78% of the
Java 5 API, our target), as well as a VM to run that with modern garbage
collection and JIT.

We are currently working through the details of using public-domain code
from Doug Lea for the "java.util.concurrent" package.  This is the
'reference implementation' for this package, and used by Sun, among others.
We wish to use this code (as it's considered the best implementation as well
as the only one available to us), and further build a bridge between our
community and the community surrounding this code (mainly the JSR-166 expert
group, and organizations like us that use it...)

=== JuiCE ===

We are waiting for things to move in the new Santuario TLP. Not much
progress otherwise.

=== Lucene4c ===

There has been no progress since the last report.  This project should
really be officially marked as dormant.

=== Lucene.Net ===

Lucene.Net continues to progress. Recently Lucene.Net 1.9 RC1 Final was
released.  In addition, Lucene.Net 1.9.1 Beta is released.  Work is underway
to release Lucene.Net 2.0 Beta by end of July. Folks are beginning to
discover Lucene.Net and activities on the project from posting questions and
code fixes are beginning to show some signs of life. However, things are
still slow in terms of participation. Lucene.Net can use some publicity and
exposure which I intend to start doing by asking to create a link to
Lucene.Net on the main Jakarta Lucene web page as well as by creating a Wiki
page for Lucene.Net.

=== Roller ===

Major new developments in Roller 3.0. Working in the roller_3.0 branch,
Allen Gilliland and Dave Johnson have been making extensive changes to
Roller's blog/page rendering system. Roller 3.0's new features are:

  * Completely new URL structure, with redirection for old URLs
    * Completely rewritten/refactored page/feed rendering system
    * View renders are pluggable
    * Made progress towards static rendering
    * All new set of page models and macros
  * Multi-language blog support, based on new URL structure
    * Front-page of Roller is now a blog with optional site-wide features:
    * Planet page model and planet display macros
    * Site-wide model supports listing of new users, new weblogs, hot
weblogs and other community oriented queries.
    * Macros for diplaying A-Z user and weblog directories

Licensing issues may be behind us. Dave Johnson worked to satisfiy ASF
licencing and packaging requirements and as a result of this work, we made
our first Roller release (2.3) on ASF infrastructure:
    * Licence headers in every file
    * Changed to org.apache package names for all Java code
    * Removed all LGPL code from release (Hibernate, JSPWiki, Jazzy, etc.)
    * Created a Roller Support project on Java.Net for non-ASF Roller
goodies such as LGPL/GPL licensed themes, plugins and other downloads.

New APP draft #9 support. The IETF released Atom Publishing Protocol (APP)
draft #9 and Dave Johnson updated Roller's APP implementation to support
this new draft. APP is an "experimental" feature in Roller and is turned off
by default.

Movement on replace-Hibernate front. Craig Russell has put together some
proposals for implementing both JPA and JDO backends for Roller -- so that
we can eventually replace our dependency on Hibernate. We nominated him for
committer status to make it easier for him to contribute, but the voting
process is still dragging on.

Multi-side patch contribution. A Norwegian company LinPro has submitted a
large patch for multi-site blogging. It looks like a very interesting and
valuable new feature but thus far nobody has had time to evaluate the code.

Community building efforts. Dave Johnson presented a talk on Roller at
ApacheCon EU 2006, designed to inspire and educate new users, developers and
contributors. The talk was well attended. Dave will present a similar talk,
but completely updated for Roller 3.0 at ApacheCon US 2006.

=== OpenEJB ===

The OpenEJB project has begun it's migration into the Incubator.  Primary
activities are setting up infrastructure and establishing a list of active
committers.  Items completed so far:
  * Status page created and published to Incubator website
  * Lists established and in active use
  * Most CLAs are in, more coming
  * Account created for Daniel Haischt

=== XAP ===

XAP made good progress since June 2006 status report. The main activities
and results are:

 * Discussed and gathered community feedback from both XAP dev list as well
as general incubator dev list about IRC meetings. As a result, decided not
to pursue general IRC activites unless specific requirements are met (The
content of IRC is to be limited to educational purpose only; some committers
are willing to volunteer to provide education and orientation and Q&A);
 * Continues to update the project with bug fixes, samples, web site fixes,
etc;
 * Discussed at the XAP dev email list and made decisions to focus more on
the Dojo toolkit;
 * Discussed at XAP dev email list and made decision about Javascript
namespace and scoping, etc.


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