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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject August 2008 Incubator Board Report
Date Tue, 19 Aug 2008 17:39:59 GMT
The Incubator is running smoothly and largely trouble-free.  The biggest
debates in the past month have been related to project names.  In the large,
we have good participation and oversight from the PMC.

A number of projects, including Etch and the previously mentioned photo
gallery project have been discussed for Incubator.  The photo gallery is
accepted, and has changed its name from PicaGalley to PhotArk.

A number of projects, e.g., Sanselan, UIMA, Pig, and CouchDB had release
votes.  Felix registered some IP clearance.  XAP may be voted into dormancy,
acknowledging that status quo.

Of more interest to the Board:

We have concern about BlueSky (including licensing and "getting The Apache
Way", but Bill Stoddard and a number of others, including multiple Board
Members, are keeping a close eye on developments.  If deemed necessary, the
Incubator PMC will act.

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Abdera

Technical accomplishments:

  * Support for AtomPub multipart creation:
http://atompub-mulitpart-spec.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/draft-gregorio-atompu
b-multipart-02.txt
  * OpenSearh support improved, it covers the openSearch specification
completely.
  * RequestProcessors refactor.
  * A lot of bugs fixed.

Community:

  * Jim Ancona and David Calavera joined the project as committers.
  * Traffic is increasing in both users and developers lists.

Issues before graduation:

    Currently we've more than three active committers from diferent
companies. Although we have to finish the documentation and solve some
controversial stuff we are hoping to bring the issue to a vote in the next
months.


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BlueSky

Did not report, but see general comments at top of report.

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Buildr

Development

We recently released Buildr 1.3.2, focusing strictly on bug fixes.
1.3.3 release scheduled for August will also focus on bug fixes and
better error reporting.  The bulk consists of issues reported,
tested(!) and patched by community members.  There's parallel work to
add C/C++ support to Buildr, currently discussed on the mailing list,
and we're seeing the first set of test cases for Eclipse tasks.  Our
little master plan to not accept patches without test cases may work
out after all.

Community

In spite of our best efforts to send everyone on summer vacation,
traffic is steadily picking up on the mailing list.

Issues before graduation

1.3.2 cleared up some missing/mixed copyright issues that slipped past
QA in earlier releases, and as of now we have no outstanding licensing
issues.


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CouchDB

CouchDB is a distributed document-oriented database system written in
Erlang. The project entered incubation on February 12th, 2008.

We have released CouchDB 0.8.0, our first podling release. New features
include incremental reduce, compaction, the Mochiweb erlang HTTP library,
enhancements to the ui interface (Futon) and build system (w/ spidermonkey
now an external dependency). We are also about to release a 0.8.1 to fix
bugs.

The number of libraries and project integrating with CouchDB continues to
grow, as does the number of contributors. We will likely be adding a new
project member soon. CouchDB is now fully integrated with the Apache
resources (bug system, mailing list, wiki, website, etc) and we believe
CouchDB is satisfying all its community requirements to graduate to a full
Apache project.

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Empire-DB

Apache Empire-db is an Open Source relational data persistence
component which allows database vendor independent dynamic query
definition as well as safe and simple data retrieval and updating.
Empire-db entered the incubator on July 8th, 2008

After a slow start things have been picked up: CLAs have been
submitted, accounts have been created, the status page is up and
running, the podling website is online and the initial code has been
imported. The mailinglists are booting up, and we're learning how to
use each list (i.e. ppmc communication only for private matters on
private@).


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JSecurity

JSecurity is a powerful and flexible open-source Java security framework
that cleanly handles authentication, authorization, enterprise session
management and cryptography.

JSecurity has been incubating since June 2008.

The project has been very active, with plenty of discussion around
features, implementation, and strategy, on both user and dev lists.

The code is still at codehaus, with the plan to migrate the code base
with all history to the apache repository once a release has been made.
Once the code is in the apache repository, additional releases of the
org.jsecurity code may be published via codehaus, while the
packages are renamed to org.apache.jsecurity.

Mailing lists have been set up, and most email traffic has been migrated
from the previous lists at codehaus.

The JIRA project is set up and is tracking new issues. Issues will be
migrated from the existing bug tracking system in due time.

The status is being maintained at
http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/jsecurity/STATUS


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Hama

Hama is a parallel matrix computational package based on Hadoop. The project
entered incubation on May 19th, 2008.

We are currently working to prepare the first release of Apache Hama in the
Apache Incubator. The first release Roadmap is planned. The number of dev
subscribers has increased. We should have a page about becoming
contributors. We will likely be adding a new project member soon. CCLA sent
for KRIBB and NHN's contribution.

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Lokahi

Very little community development is hampering this otherwise worthwhile
server (as in httpd, tomcat, geronimo, etc.) management project.


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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

== Items to resolve before graduation ==

More active committer involvement. We have two active committers from
different organizations but need at least one more.

== Status ==

 * No releases since the last report
 * Continue to receive patches from the community, mostly for the previous
version
 * Mailing list traffic is steady

== Plans ==

Some work has been contributed for the migration of features to the current
trunk that are being reviewed. Work on this needs to continue.


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PDFBox

Apache PDFBox is an open source Java library for working with PDF documents.
PDFBox entered incubation on February 7th, 2008.

We have finally migrated all sources to Apache svn and set up the project
website at http://incubator.apache.org/pdfbox/. We also set up a CI build
using Hudson. Traffic is picking up on the user and developer mailing lists,
new issues are being reported through Jira, and there is initial discussion
about an incubating 0.8.0 release.

Software Grants have been received from Ben Litchfield and Daniel Wilson who
are the primary authors of the PDFBox, FontBox and JempBox software. There
have been a lot of small contributions (under the BSD license) by a number
of other people to the project and it was asked (see
http://markmail.org/message/zy6oweihmenqt6o4) on the legal-discuss list
whether the primary authors have "sufficient rights"  to grant a license for
all of the code, or if we have to contact all the other contributors for
separate grants. Having received no response to the question on
legal-discuss we assumed that software grants from the primary authors was
sufficient.

We're discussing about what to do with the FontBox and JempBox codebases
that are included as subprojects of PDFBox. We might decide to merge them
with similar efforts in other Apache projects, most notably XML Graphics.

Issues before graduation:

 * Increase community size and activity
 * License review
 * Export control notifications
 * First Apache release


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Sling

Sling is a framework to develop content centric web applications based on
the idea of modularizing the rendering of HTTP resources.

Sling entered incubation on September 5th, 2007.

== Community ==

    * Over the last few months our mailing list has started being more
active, with signs that Sling's user base is increasing steadily. The number
of patches from non-committers is also increasing steadily.

== Software ==

    * At long last Apache Sling has seen its initial release end of June.
    * The Sling Management Console has been moved to the Apache Felix
project and is now called the "Apache Felix Web Management Console".
    * After the first release we have to take up a stab at our site and the
documentation again, which we postponed until after the release due to lack
of time.

== Issues before graduation ==

    * Grow a more diverse community (so far commits mostly from Day
employees).

== Licensing and other issues ==

    * none


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WSRP4J

DID NOT REPORT


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XAP

XAP has been almost entirely inactive for at least the last 4 months. A
discussion about its status was attempted, and did not elicit much of a
response. The Incubator PMC will look to vote it into a dormant status.



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