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From Toni Menzel <t...@okidokiteam.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Apache Ace into the Incubator
Date Mon, 20 Apr 2009 08:39:23 GMT
+1 (non binding)

On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM, Felix Meschberger <fmeschbe@gmail.com>wrote:

> +1
>
> Regards
> Felix
>
> Karl Pauls schrieb:
> > Please vote on accepting Apache Ace for incubation at the Apache
> > Incubator. The full proposal is available at the end of this message
> > and as a wiki page at http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/AceProposal. We
> > ask the Incubator PMC to sponsor it, with Karl as the Champion, and
> > Carsten, Niclas and Bertrand volunteering to be mentors.
> >
> > Please cast your votes:
> >
> > [ ]  +1, bring Ace into Incubator
> > [ ]  +0, I don't care either way,
> > [ ]  -1, do not bring Ace into Incubator, because...
> >
> > The vote is open for the next 72 hours and only votes from the
> > Incubator PMC are binding.
> >
> > - - - - - - - - - -
> >
> > Abstract
> >
> > Apache Ace is a software distribution framework based on OSGi that
> > allows you to manage and distribute artifacts, like e.g. software
> > components.
> >
> >
> > Proposal
> >
> > Apache Ace is a software distribution framework that allows you to
> > centrally manage and distribute software components, configuration
> > data and other artifacts to target systems. It is built using OSGi and
> > can be deployed in different topologies. The target systems are
> > usually also OSGi based, but don't have to be.
> >
> >
> > Background
> >
> > When assembling software out of reusable components, the task of
> > deploying software onto an ever increasing number of targets is not
> > trivial to solve. This becomes even harder when these targets require
> > different components based on who's using them.
> >
> > A key technology in the Java space for developing component based
> > applications is OSGi. The OSGi speciļ¬cation, which has been around
> > since 1999 and by now has matured into the de facto module system for
> > Java, allows you to write components that can interact through
> > services and that allows components to be updated individually,
> > without disturbing the rest of the components.
> >
> > Although the OSGi speciļ¬cation describes how software distribution
> > should be done, it does not actually prescribe any protocols or
> > implementations. Apache Ace implements a software distribution system
> > based on, but not limited to OSGi. It is setup so it can deal with
> > different target types, using different protocols. Also, it can handle
> > an extensible number of artifact types (bundles, configurations,
> > resources, ...).
> >
> >
> > Rationale
> >
> > When you start using OSGi to build reusable components, the task of
> > managing those components and their use in various applications
> > becomes non-trivial. Apache Ace allows you to group those components
> > and assign them to a managed set of targets. This allows you to
> > distribute updates and new components easily, while keeping a full
> > history of what was installed where during what period. It also helps
> > you setup an automated development, QA/testing, staging and production
> > environment.
> >
> >
> > Initial Goals
> >
> > The initial goals for Apache Ace are:
> >
> > * Donate the existing codebase and import it.
> > * Setup the incubation infrastructure (svn repository, build system,
> > website) so we can run continuous builds with automated tests and
> > publish all available documentation.
> > * Get people involved in advancing the code base in different
> > directions, integrating it with other projects at Apache.
> > * Prepare for an initial release that demonstrates the systems core
> > capabilities.
> > * Present the project to the community at ApacheCon 2009 US.
> >
> >
> > Current Status
> >
> > The current codebase is developed and tested in various
> > configurations. It was developed at luminis over the last couple of
> > years using Scrum, so we have internally demonstrated we can release
> > often and produce working code using a transparent process.
> > Documentation for the project is now available on an internal wiki,
> > which can be donated and converted to the Apache Ace website. We did
> > not yet use mailing lists as the primary colaborative process, as the
> > whole team met face to face on a daily basis.
> >
> >
> > Meritocracy
> >
> > Some of the core developers are already committers and PMC members at
> > Apache, so they understand what it means to have a process based on
> > meritocracy.
> >
> >
> > Community
> >
> > In the past, luminis has been talking to various interested users and
> > developers about Apache Ace, and we believe there is an interest in
> > this project. Feedback at ApacheCon EU 2009 and afterwards on the
> > Apache Felix mailing list confirmed that. The problem that is being
> > solved is one that many software developers run into, so it should
> > appeal to them. Our list of initial committers already includes people
> > from different backgrounds.
> >
> >
> > Core Developers
> >
> > The core development team is a mix of people that work for luminis and
> > have been involved in the project up til now and new committers, some
> > of which have previous experience at Apache.
> >
> >
> > Alignment
> >
> > The initial codebase makes use of Apache Felix as its core framework.
> > It also uses various other components of that project. As a project
> > that builds on components we are constantly looking out for existing
> > components that can accelerate our implementation and we want to
> > actively work with other projects to make that happen. For building
> > and testing we use Apache Ant and have developed a couple of
> > extensions that help managing OSGi projects. Finally, at least
> > informally a couple of projects at Apache have already expressed
> > interest in a system that can help them do software provisioning.
> >
> >
> > Known Risks
> >
> > Apache Ace uses Felix as its default OSGi implementation and some of
> > its developers are also part of the Felix community. We are open to
> > collaborate with other Apache projects, looking at candidates such as
> > Commons, Sling, JackRabbit that could help us in certain parts of our
> > infrastructure.
> >
> > An important reason for open sourcing this project at Apache is the
> > strong community, as well as the Apache license. This will attract
> > more users and developers so the project can be moved forward into new
> > directions that we would otherwise not have been possible. Judging
> > from the initial interest from some of the other projects at Apache,
> > we certainly see ways in which to collaborate and advance the project,
> > possibly in ways we would never have thought of. However, we have been
> > able to support and develop this product outside of Apache quite well,
> > so in no way are we trying to just dump the code there or merely
> > trying to generate publicity.
> >
> >
> > Initial Source
> >
> > Apache Ace has been in development within luminis since 2005.
> >
> >
> > Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan
> >
> > The current codebase is owned by luminis, and will be donated together
> > with its documentation. We will get the paperwork out of the way as
> > soon as possible. There should already be a CCLA on file for luminis
> > and the people that are already involved with Apache obviously have
> > ICLAs on file.
> >
> >
> > External Dependencies
> >
> > There are quite a few open source libraries already used. The
> > libraries, their sources and licenses are listed here:
> >
> > Apache Felix, ASL:
> > * framework
> > * shell
> > * shell-tui
> > * obr
> > * http.jetty
> > * config admin
> > * event admin
> > * deployment admin
> > * dependency manager
> > * prefs
> > * upnp.basedriver
> > * org.osgi.foundation
> > * core
> > * compendium
> > * javax.servlet
> >
> > Apache Ant, ASL:
> > * ant.jar
> > * ant-contrib.jar
> >
> > Apache Velocity, ASL:
> > * velocity
> >
> > KXML2 ( http://kxml.sourceforge.net/kxml2/), BSD license:
> > * kxml2 (hmm, what was that issue we had with that in felix)
> >
> > Knopflerfish ( http://knopflerfish.org/), BSD style license:
> > * log_all.jar, useradmin_all.jar
> >
> > Luminis Open Source Server ( https://opensource.luminis.net/), BSD
> license:
> > * net.luminis.build.plugin.jar
> >
> > XStream ( http://xstream.codehaus.org/), BSD license:
> > * various xstream jars
> >
> >
> > Required Resources
> >
> > Mailing lists:
> > * ace-private
> > * ace-dev
> > * ace-commits
> > * ace-user (only after leaving the incubator)
> >
> > Subversion:
> > * https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/ace
> >
> > Issue Tracking:
> > * JIRA: Apache Ace (ACE)
> >
> > Wiki:
> > * Confluence: Apache Ace (ACE)
> >
> >
> > Initial Committers
> >
> > These existing Apache committers have either worked on the initial
> > codebase (Christian, Karl and Marcel) or expressed an interest in
> > extending the project:
> > * Marcel Offermans
> > * Karl Pauls
> > * Christian van Spaandonk
> > * Clement Escoffier
> > * Felix Meschberger
> > * Carsten Ziegeler
> >
> >
> > Community Members
> >
> > The following people have already expressed their interest in actively
> > participating in this project:
> > * Bram de Kruijff
> > * Toni Menzel
> > * Alin Dreghiciu
> > * Dennis Geurts
> >
> >
> > Affiliations
> >
> > For the record, Marcel Offermans, Christian van Spaandonk and Dennis
> > Geurts work at luminis and might get paid to do certain work on Apache
> > Ace.
> >
> >
> > Sponsors
> >
> > We have approached both the champion and an initial list of mentors
> > that have agreed to mentor this project.
> >
> > Champion:
> > * Karl Pauls
> >
> > Mentors:
> > * Carsten Ziegeler
> > * Niclas Hedhman
> > * Bertrand Delacretaz
> >
> > Sponsor:
> > * Apache Incubator
> >
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> >
>
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