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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject August 2006 Incubator Board Report
Date Tue, 15 Aug 2006 04:25:03 GMT
Lots of activity in the past month:

  - Discussion of Celtixfire, Wicket, Qpid, and other proposed projects.
  - Discussion of how to allow the use of Maven without co-mingling of
    Incubator artifacts with other Apache artifacts.  Henri is in the
    process of setting up a separate repository just for Incubator
    artifacts.
  - Recent discussion of Specifications as projects under ASF governance,
    catalyzed by the Qpid and JINI proposals.
  - On-going discussion on how best to bring established Open Source
    projects under Incubation without undue inconvenience to their
    existing user communities.
  - A lot of work by Robert Burrell Donkin on Incubator Documentation.

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=== Abdera ===

Work continues on the 0.1.0 release, with luck it should be released soon.

Stephen Duncan is still working with his employer about getting a CLA
signed.

Work on an Atom Publishing Protocol client implementation has begun.

There are no current issues that require the board's attention.

=== Heraldry ===

- Mailing lists up
- Started getting CLAs from various people
- SVN Space Created
- Some people met up at OSCON


=== Lokahi ===

Lokahi is quietly chugging along towards a 0.1 milestone release: the vote
is currently under way.

We believe there are no issues requiring the attention of the Board.


=== OpenEJB ===


OpenEJB discussion is happening on the Incubator mailing list, but the
resources from codehaus have not yet been moved over, as they wait for some
committers to still file CLAs.  The latest ETA was to move everything over
this week.


=== ServiceMix ===

ServiceMix has released its second milestone at the end of June.
Another release is planned for end of August / beginning September.
The main plan for the comming months is to release a 3.0 final, by
improving test/samples/documentation.

The TCK for JBI has been given to committers that have asked for it
and have signed the NDA.  While we are waiting for a specific
mailing list / svn tree to put TCK specific resources, some work
has been started.

Lots of people seem interesting in contributing to ServiceMix and/or
becoming commiters, so there is a good chance that the developer
community will grew in the following months.  We are in the process
of accepting several code contributions: an Eclipse plugin for ServiceMix
which would complete the tooling based on Maven 2, and some new
JBI components.


=== stdcxx ===

Stdcxx status report for the calendar quarter ending in 8/2006:

This is the fourth quarterly report for stdcxx.

The stdcxx  community is currently in  the process of voting  in a new
committer,  Farid  Zaripov. Farid  has  contributed several  important
pieces of the test driver and recently has has been enhancing the test
suite in  the area  of containers with  focus on exception  safety. In
addition we are hoping to  put Farid's extensive Windows experience to
good use when enhancing our Windows build infrastructure.

The  team continues  to make  progress  migrating the  Rogue Wave  C++
Standard Library test harness and test suite to the Apache stdcxx test
driver: a total of 117 of the 329 tests have been migrated so far.

The plan for  the next three months is to  continue migrating the test
suite, extend our support to  include additional platforms such as IBM
z/OS, Cray UNICOS, and others,  and to enhance our implementation with
the C++ Standard Library  extensions described in the Technical Report
on C++ Library  Extensions. Recently we have also  been in discussions
with  Tuscany developers  about  their adoption  of  stdcxx.  We  look
forward to working with the team to make this as smooth as possible.

Finally, we  plan to continue  increase the visibility of  the project
and attract more developers to the project and to further increase the
diversity of the community.

=== Solr ===

The Incubation [http://incubator.apache.org/projects/solr.html STATUS] file
is up-to-date, with all items in the project setup category long since
completed.

Technical: Solr is both maturing and gaining new capabilities, such as
highlighted context snippets, and JSON output support.  See
http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/incubator/solr/trunk/CHANGES.txt?view=markup

Community: Solr is seeing good growth in the number of users and
contributors, and we are in the process of voting in a new committer.  Other
community building efforts include Yonik Seeley's talk at ApacheCon EU,
Chris Hostetter's scheduled talk at ApacheCon US, and articles written by
other Solr contributors such as
http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2006/08/09/solr-indexing-xml-with-lucene-andrest.ht
ml on XML.com


=== Synapse ===

Synapse development continues apace, and they had asked about graduation,
but upon examination of their mailing lists, there was very little
discussion.  Much of the discussion was happening in weekly IRC chats, and
there was very little collatoral discussion from the IRC participants, and
certainly not from non-participants.

It was agreed that they would start emphasizing use of e-mail.
Subsequently, they have had some discussion about ceasing their IRC chats,
but it appears to be a habit that will take some time to break.  The good
news is that they do concur that this is a valid issue, and want to resolve
it.


=== TSIK ===

TSIK has had no message traffic since May, and appears to be dormant.


=== Tuscany ===

Tuscany is focusing on community building. In the last quarter we have
released, with the Incubator PMC's permission, milestone versions of both
the Java and C++ runtimes and have used those to attract developers to the
community. Since the last report we have voted in five new committers,
Raymond Feng, Brent Daniel, Kelvin Goodson, Meeraj Kunnumpurath and Andrew
Borley and have other people actively contributing. However, the majority of
committers are still employed by one company and additional effort is being
made to attract independent developers.

There has been a significant change in the OSOA specification effort with
the availability of http://www.osoa.org intended to provide additional
transparency. We have confirmation that specification work is done under an
agreement that explicitly states that such work is not confidential.

Plan for the next quarter is to diversify the community. We do not believe
there are any issues that require the attention of the board.


=== Woden ===

The Woden community appears to be small, but active.  Discussion appears to
be happening on the list, although they are also holding teleconferences
(with summaries posted to the mailing list).  They are planning milestone
for sometime in the next two months.


=== WSRP4J ===

WSRP4J was transfered from WS to Portals --- why the lists aren't under the
Incubator is a good question.  The project currently appears to be
languishing, if not outright neglected.  Almost none of the listed
committers (http://incubator.apache.org/projects/wsrp4j.html) appear to be
maintaining any presence.  I don't know what, if any, work is being done on
WSRP 2.0, and if that is being done elsewhere in vendor space, rather than
on WSRP4J in the open.


=== Yoko ===

This is the first quarterly report of Yoko. Our goal for this project
was to provide a light weight ORB implementation, an RMI implementation
& also web services capabilities for the CORBA clients & servers.

We have completed most of the work for having a fully functional ORB &
there have been interest among other projects to use Yoko in their
projects. We are planning to start a vote for our first milestone
release shortly.

Our objective for the next quarter is to work on further increasing the
visibility of the project, attracting additional contributors, and
growing the active community of developers around it.



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