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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject Incubator Board Report November 2009
Date Mon, 16 Nov 2009 19:34:38 GMT
The Incubator is running smoothly, with nothing requiring the Board's
attention at this time.

The big news is no longer news: Subversion has been accepted into the
Incubator.

On other news, Pivot looks set to graduate, and is actively preparing to do
so.  WSRP4J appears to have finally cleared its legal hurdles, and can move
forward.

Droids and Stonehenge, which are active and were represented at ApacheCon,
failed to report.

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= Aries =

Aries will deliver a set of pluggable Java components enabling an enterprise
OSGi application programming model.

Aries entered incubation on September 22, 2009. This is our second board
report.

There are currently no issues requiring IPMC or Board attention .

The svn area has been organized with a single trunk for now, though we still
need to settle the discussion about components lifecycle and the svn layout.

The application manifest component of the IBM contribution has been moved
out into the trunk. The blueprint component has undergone some further
enhancement and work is starting on an implementation of the OSGi JMX
specification.

The mailing lists was quieter this month, probably due to the apache
conference.

Top 2 or 3 things to resolve before graduation:

 * Build community
 * Create a release
 * Address project scope concerns raised during acceptance vote


= Bluesky =

BlueSky has been incubating since 01-12-2008. It is an e-learning solution
designed to help solve the disparity in availability of qualified education
between well-developed cities and poorer regions of China.

What we've completed in the last month:

 * API documents has been generated and committed to svn repos;
 * Kevin volunteered as release manager and we are learning the last steps
of a release;
 * Announced checklist of third-party library and checklist of release
documents in dev-mailing list;

top 2 or 3 to resolve prior to graduation:

 * After last round of checking release documents and release source code
package;
 * Start a release vote in dev mailing list first and then vote in general
mailing list;
 * community development


= Droids =

** DID NOT REPORT ***


= PhotArk =

Apache PhotArk will be a complete open source photo gallery application
including a content repository for the images, a display piece, an access
control layer, and upload capabilities.

PhotArk was accepted for Incubation on August 19, 2008.  PhotArk M1 was
released in Sept/27/2009.

Issues before graduation :

  * Grow community

Luciano Resende is now a Mentor of Apache PhotArk.

We started seeing couple people showing interest in the community, a student
using the project for a class assignment, and a new contributor has
expressed some ideas that he wants to contribute and also started to provide
patch.


= Pivot =

Pivot is an open-source platform for building rich internet applications in
Java. It has been in incubation since January 2009.

Pivot 1.3 was released in September. This was a major feature release and
included a number of new features, bug fixes, and other enhancements.

A new Pivot tutorial highlighting a number of features included in Pivot 1.3
was published on IBM developerWorks:

 * http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/tutorials/x-pivottut/index.html

The team is actively working on version 1.4. Pivot 1.4 is primarily a
documentation and bug fix release, though some new features will also be
included.

Top 3 issues prior to graduation:

The Incubator PMC voted on a graduation proposal in September. The proposal
technically passed, but only by a very slim margin. As a result, Pivot PPMC
elected to cancel the vote and focus on the issues raised by those who
voted -1, in hopes that a more unanimous approval might be obtained later.

The primary concern was that the project had not yet established sufficient
community and was still largely driven by two of the initial committers.
Since that time, there has been a significant increase in activity from the
other committers, and the project has received several patches from outside
contributors. One such patch, an improvement to table column resizing, was
committed to the platform. The developer responsible for the patch
demonstrated very strong knowledge of the platform and would be considered
for addition as a committer should the quality of his code submissions
continue to be high.

The team hopes to present a renewed graduation proposal early next year, to
coincide with the release of Pivot 1.4.


= Stonehenge =

** DID NOT REPORT **


= Subversion =

Subversion entered the Incubator on November 7, 2009.

Discussions have been occurring on general@incubator with respect to
graduation requirements, and some options for the podling's mailing lists
and location in the main ASF Subversion repository. In addition, a number of
discussions have been occurring on Subversion's developer mailing list
(dev@subversion.tigris.org) regarding the mailing lists (migration, shut
down, target address, etc), repository choices and location, which bug
tracker to use, website migration, and the buildbot system(s).

INFRA-2321 has been opened to track the code migration, and is scheduled for
the afternoon (EST) of Sunday, November 15th.

INFRA-2324 has been opened to construct the core five mailing lists for the
Subversion podling: dev@, users@, commits@, private@, and announce@. These
mailing lists will be built on the subversion.apache.org hostname. While
this is non-standard for a podling, discussion on general@incubator has
raised no issues with it. We will later backfill archives for these lists
with the content from their equivalents on subversion.tigris.org.

The software grant from Subversion Corporation was filed in ASF records on
November 14.

Many Subversion developers have been sending ICLAs into the ASF. An initial
batch of *eighteen* account requests has been sent to root. There are
fifteen(!) Subversion committers who already had accounts at the ASF, and
they will simply be added to the authorization file for the Subversion
repository.

The project has an initial status file in place, and its checklist items are
being worked through. The podling is hoping that it can complete its work in
time to place a TLP resolution on the December Board meeting's agenda.


= VCL =

VCL has been incubating since December 2008. VCL is a cloud computing
platform for the management of physical and virtual machines.

Community Involvement
 * The Apache VCL community is growing and people from several organizations
are contributing
 * Questions about&nbsp;administration and end user use of Apache VCL are
being asked and answered on the project's vcl-dev and vcl-user lists
 * A growing number of community members from multiple organizations are
answering questions
 * Collaboration is occurring for architectural design and release planning
via the vcl-dev list
 * Code patches have been discussed on the vcl-dev list and submitted to
the&nbsp;Jira issue tracking system

Release Preparation - Apache VCL 2.1
 * The community is working to complete the final administrative&nbsp;tasks
required to issue the first release (Apache VCL 2.1)
 * Josh Thompson has volunteered to act as the release manager for 2.1 per
the advice of Matt Hogstrom, one of the project mentors
 * PGP keys have been created and added to the distribution area
 * A release candidate artifact has been created and is currently being
discussed
 * Code and documentation updates are being made to the release candidate
per community consensus
 * The tasks required to complete the release are being discussed on the
vcl-dev list
 * Jira is being used to track the release tasks and to assemble the release
changelog
 * Release procedures are being documented as the community develops its
release process

3rd Party Dependencies
 * Procedures for handling 3rd party dependencies are being worked out by
the VCL community with help from the ASF legal-discuss list
 * Major components of VCL are written in Perl and the Apache VCL release
will only contain Perl code developed by the ASF
 * A Perl interpreter and supplemental Perl modules are required. These are
licensed under the Artistic License, GPL, and LGPL.
 * Concerns were brought up by the project mentors and a question was posed
to the legal-discuss list. The question was answered and we are working on
implementing the recommendation.

Project Name
 * The Apache VCL project name issue has been resolved
 * NCSU has taken steps to clearly indicate on its Apache VCL instance
website that Apache VCL is developed by the ASF
 * References to NCSU have been removed from the code
 * NCSU employees affiliated with the Apache VCL project routinely
communicate that VCL is an ASF project and encourage colleagues of other
organizations to do the same

Documentation
 * A large amount of documentation has been added to the project's
Confluence site
 * People from multiple organizations have contributed to improving the
documentation, both by editing the pages themselves and by pointing out
areas for improvement on the lists

Unresolved Issues
 * As noted in the May 2009 report questions were asked of the mentors
regarding the rules governing wiki contributions from individuals who have
not signed the CLA. It is the community's understanding that a separate wiki
will be needed one for official documentation included with releases and one
containing contributions from individual who have not signed the CLA. A
request has been made to one of the mentors who had offered&nbsp;to create a
2nd wiki instance. This has not been completed yet.
 * A request has been made to the mentors to create a Confluence committers
group that contains the Apache VCL community members with a CLA on file
 * A request has been made to the mentors to create a Jira Committers role
that contains the Apache VCL community members with a CLA on file
 * Some committers have lost administrative access to Jira.&nbsp; The
project mentors have been asked to restore the permissions.

Top Issues Before Graduation
 * Complete the release of Apache VCL 2.1
 * Continue to increase contributors from multiple institutions


= Wookie =

Apache Wookie(Incubating) is a project to create open source software for
adding widgets to your applications.  It has been in incubation since July
2009.

 * No issues currently require IPMC or Board attention
 * Source code has now been imported to Apache SVN
 * ASF sanctioned Widgets/Wookie Meetup meetup in London (13th Oct)
  * Directly resulted in the engagement of a new member of the community
   * reported issues
   * enhanced the ELGG plugin
  *
http://wiki.cetis.ac.uk/Educational_Content_widgetsworkinggroup#Widgets_Meet
up
 * OpenSocial/SocialSite/Wookie meetup at ApacheCon
  * short presentation on Wookie - some interest but most attendees present
for Shindig
  * enabled three of the mentors to meet and discuss graduation location
options
  * http://wiki.apache.org/apachecon/SocialAndWidgetsMeetup
 * JIRA Activity is increasing and patches from external contributors are
starting to arrive

Items for next reporting period:

 * Remove GPL dependencies
 * First Apache release

Items to be resolved before graduation:

 * Create a release
 * Develop community

= Wink =
Apache Wink is a project that enables development and consumption of REST
style web services. The core server runtime is based on the JAX-RS (JSR 311)
standard. The project also introduces a client runtime which can leverage
certain components of the server-side runtime. Apache Wink will deliver
component technology that can be easily integrated into a variety of
environments.

Apache Wink has been incubating since 2009-05-27.

Notable Activity:

 * Added Mike Rheinheimer as a committer

 * Voted and approved a 1.0 release with bug fixes and API stabilization.

 * Created a
[[http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/WINK/Appendix+A+-+Feeds+Support
|migration document]] from Apache Abdera to Apache Wink for Feeds support.

Planned Activity:

 * More updates to documentation on cwiki

 * Updates to comply with JAX-RS 1.1

Top issues before graduation:

 * Looking into how to interact with other communities

 * Build community


= WSRP4J =

The WSRP4J Project is an implementation of WSRP 1.0 Producer. WSRP is an
OASIS specification that describes a protocol which allows portlets to be
accessed remotely using Web Services.

The WSRP4J Project has been adopted by the Portals PMC, while still in the
Apache Incubator, since August 2003, with the intent to graduate as a
sub-project of Apache Portals.

Activity:
* There is no project activity to report since the last report of August
2009.
* The IPR issue has been reviewed by the Legal Affairs Committee and
formally stated to be OK with WSRP4J releasing and graduating.
  Many thanks to Niclas Hedhman for helping out enormously with this!
* The project now hopefully will get back into action and start cleaning up
the codebase, removing/replacing incompatible licensed dependencies
(Hibernate) and working towards a first release.
* Still standing issue from last report: The current mentors haven't been
interactive in a very long time, maybe other/new mentors might be interested
to step up?



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