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From Carl Trieloff <cctriel...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: January 2007 Incubator Report (Revised)
Date Tue, 16 Jan 2007 20:12:44 GMT

Noel,

We created a report for Qpid. I guess that we mailed it to the wrong 
location, where
should the report be sent for inclusion?

Carl

Noel J. Bergman wrote:
> More and more ASF Members continue to join the Incubator PMC to help
> shephard projects through the process.  ActiveMQ is the latest of a recent
> string of ASF Projects asking to go TLP.  Solr requested graduation to the
> Lucene project.  Synapse graduated to the WS project.
>
> Agila has been placed into a dormancy status, with only the retirement of
> the mailing lists outstanding
> (http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/INFRA-1056).  AltRMI is also being
> placed in a dormant status.  Others are likely to follow.  We may suggest
> that other TLPs that have dormant codebases move them to a "dormant/" (or
> some such) area of the Incubator, so that people can see the existance of
> the code, and it can be revived in-place if a community forms around it.
>
> ===============================================
>
> Incubator monthly reports for January 2007
>
> The following projects failed to report on time:
>  * Ivy
>  * JuiCE
>  * Qpid
>  * Roller
>
> ----
>
> === Agila ===
>
> Agila was retired this quarter with only the retirement of the mailing lists
> outstanding (http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/INFRA-1056).
>
> ----
>
> === CXF ===
> Project name - CXF
>
> Description - SOA enabling framework, web services toolkit
>
> Date of entry - August, 2006
>
> Top three items to resolve -
>  1. Diversity - Active commiters are 90% IONA people
>  2. Growth of community - related to diversity, we have not yet had the
> opportunity to add additional commiters.   The traffic on the dev list is
> "steady."   With milestone 1 out, we are beginning to attract users.
> Traffic on the user list is now growing.
>  3. Not enough documentation or work occuring on the wiki.
>
>
> Community aspects:
>   * Lots of discussions about various topics (Reliable Messaging, tooling,
> etc...) occuring on the dev list.
>   * Released milestone 1 in December.   A bit late, but more feature were
> added and stability and number of bugs have been good.
>   * Working with the Yoko folks about transitioning to CXF (from ObjectWeb
> Celtix)
>   * Started working with the Geronimo folks to integrate with them.
>   * Created a eclipse plugin/bundle of our code for the Eclipse STP project
> for them to integrate our code.
>
> Code aspects:
>   * Milestone 1 released, working on setting features for the next RC.
> (hopefully around March)
>   * Started discussing some architectural changes, especially in regard to
> the tooling.
>
>
> ----
>
> === Felix ===
>
> Felix is an implementation of the OSGi R4 service platform.
>
> Community
>  * The community is working toward incubator gradution.
>  * Continued organization of the wiki (and generated web site), creating the
> subproject documentation section with new documentation on for various
> subprojects, including a placeholder for the Felix Commons initiative.
>  * Voted Karl Pauls as Release Manager.
>  * Community voted on and released Felix 0.8.0-incubator.
>  * A Felix-related talk was given at ApacheCon 2006 in Austin, Texas.
>  * We have seen an apparent influx of new community members based on some
> new faces being active on the mailing list and even a new contributor (Chris
> Custine).
>  * Emil Ivov announced the 1.0-alpha1 release of SIP Communicator, a
> Felix-based multi-protocol instant messenger and SIP software phone.
>
> Software
>  * Felix 0.8.0-incubator approved by the Incubator PMC and is available for
> download.
>  * Felix Commons initiative started in earnest with the goal of creating
> bundles out of popular open source libraries, headed by Enrique Rodriguez.
> John Conlon submitted several POM files for various libraries and Felix
> Meschberger and Tim Moloney have also expressed interest in doing so.
>  * Several patches from Felix Meschberger improving the framework's ability
> to be used in embedded use cases, particularly issues surrounding framework
> shutdown and clean up.
>  * Created a new Maven 2 plugin for creating OSGi bundles, which uses the
> BND tool from Peter Kriens. This plugin is quite a bit different than the
> existing plugin, but the goal is to try to merge the two if possible.
>  * Major patch to iPOJO by Clement Escoffier.
>  * Initial prototyping of "require bundle" functionality complete in Richard
> Hall's sandbox, work has begun to transition to trunk.
>  * Patch submitted by Chris Custine to implement bundle manifest header
> localization.
>  * Patch submitted by Kamen Petroff to allow additional imports to be
> specified for the old Maven plugin.
>  * Rick Litton worked with the Eclipse community to get their extension
> point mechanism working on Felix, this effort will continue as bundle
> localization and require-bundle capabilities are added to Felix.
>
> Licensing and other isses
>  * Committed latest OSGi Alliance source code, which is the official release
> licensed under the Apache license.
>  * Committed OSGi Alliance Foundation source code (licensed under the Apache
> license), which provides stubs for javax.microedition.io, so that we can
> compile everything again.
>  * A patch from Felix Meschberger for the URL Handlers service was put on
> hold since it was not clear if their were any licensing implications as a
> result of its inspiration from Equinox code. The patch/functionality is
> targeted to be resolved for the 1.0.0 release.
>
> ----
>
> === FtpServer ===
>
> FtpServer is an implementation of RFC959 and related protocols.
>
> Community
>  * Voted to add new commiter, Dave Roberts. Actually CLA registration and
> account setup still in progress
>  * The mail traffic on the dev list has increase the last couple of months,
> probably due to more active development again
>  * But, we still don't have a large community backing FtpServer. More active
> communication about the project might be needed.
>
> Code and documentation
>  * Migration to Maven 2 complete
>  * Integration with MINA almost complete. When done, MINA will be the
> default choice for socket handling. Our old code will remain to support FTP
> and FTPS on Java 1.4 platforms
>  * We are getting close to a sufficiently complete code for doing a first
> milestone release soon.
>  * Documentation has been migrated to the Confluence wiki. We expect this
> will make our documentation easier to maintain and up-to-date.
>
> ----
>
> === Graffito ===
>
> Graffito is a framework for content-based applications, especially in
> portlet environments. Graffito entered incubation on September 20, 2004.
>
> Top three items to resolve before graduation:
>
>    1. Build a self-sustaining community
>    2. Create an incubating Graffito release
>    3. Move the JCR mapping component to the Jackrabbit project
>
> There hasn't been much activity in the Graffito project since the last
> report. A discussion on what to do with the project that still hasn't
> reached "critical mass" after over two years of incubation is currently
> taking place. The perceived complexity of the project is seen by many as a
> barrier to start using or contributing to Graffito. Splitting the project
> into more manageable component projects was raised as one potential approach
> to reviving the codebase and project community.
>
> ----
>
> === Heraldry ===
>
> Heraldry is a project to implement the OpenID digital identity
> specification.
>
> Despite a single large block checkin recently, there is almost no activity
> on the heraldry-dev list.   Also files previously checked in retain LGPL
> license headers.  This has not been corrected despite requests from the
> mentors.
>
> ----
>
> === Lucene.Net ===
>
> Lucene.Net is a port of the Java Lucene to C#.  The API, algorithm and index
> are cross compatible.
>
> Incubation
>
> * Lucene.Net has been under incubation since April 2006
>
> Community
>
> * An active, but a small community exists.  The challenge has been to bring
> in folks who are willing to contribute to the code beside myself.
>
> Code and documentation
>
> * The code base continues to develop and new releases are being made.
> Recently Lucene.Net 2.0 "final" was release as well as Highlighter.Net 2.0
> and Snowball.Net 2.0.  In addition, for each of those components, there
> corresponding MSDN style documentation is also release.
>
> ----
>
> === NMaven ===
>
> NMaven develops plugins and integration for Maven to make building and using
> .NET languages a first-class citizen in Maven.
>
> Incubating since: 2006-11-17
>
> This is the second monthly report for this podling.
>
> Dan Fabulich (listed on original proposal) had his account created and was
> added to the committer list.
>
> Healthy discussion taking part about design on the dev@ list.
>
> No new committers to date.
>
> ----
>
> === UIMA ===
>
> UIMA is a component framework for the analysis of unstructured content such
> as text, audio and video.
>
> UIMA was accepted for incubation on October 10, 2006
>
> Top 3 things to resolve before graduation:
>
>   1. Complete code transition to Apache, do a release with all IP issues
> cleared
>   1. Attract diverse, active committers
>   1. Do a migration tool to enable migration to the Apache version
> UIMA's incubation status file is here:
> http://incubator.apache.org/projects/uima.html
>
> Some recent activity:
>
>   * The UIMA Sandbox has been populated with some example annotators
>   * A person new to the project, Jorn Kottmann, has written an Eclipse
> plugin he wants to contribute - we're going through the steps to bring this
> into the UIMA Sandbox. He has submitted a software grant, and we're awaiting
> it's acknowledgement (as of Wednesday, Jan 10)
>   * We expect to do a release next month, and have been working to get all
> the little details needed for this completed.
>
> We expect that we will need some assistance in doing our first release, to
> verify we're following the rules properly. We will start by using our
> mentors, and then ask the incubator PMC to review the proposed release.
>
> ----
>
>
>
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