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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject Incubator Board Report Deccember 2009
Date Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:56:51 GMT
The Incubator is running smoothly, with nothing requiring the Board's
attention at this time.

There was some discussion regarding publishing of docs to the site, and
whether docs for an intermediate state are or are not to be treated the same
as a code release.  Unclear that it is in any way an Incubator issue, as
opposed to an ASF-wide topic.

There is discussion of an OpenCMIS project, with some people wanting it, and
others concerned about incubating two projects in the same domain at the
same time.  There is also discussion of incubating a JSR-303 Bean Validation
project.

Pivot and OpenWebBeans are set to graduate.  Apache Clerezza is set to start
(q.v., http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ClerezzaProposal).

Shindig 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.

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 following sub-components are actively being developed:

 * Application
 * Blueprint
 * JMX

There has been a lot of activity on the mailing list this month indicating a
vibrant community is being built.

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:

    * last round check of first release preparation, eg.legal issues of
compile scripts;
    * all the scripts and documents are committed, official website was
updated correspondingly;
    * Announced the first round vote of release of RealClass of BlueSky, but
failed due to deficiency of understanding release procedure;

top 2 or 3 to resolve prior to graduation:

    * According to the opinions on RealClass@BlueSky first release which
reverbate from dev-mailing list, we'd improve and start the release vote as
soon as possible;
    * Once the first release is made, we'd move fast to the next version's
transfering on the base of our prototype;
    * Community development is always under concern though it is not
realized because of some complex reasons. However, i'd be sure we could do
better when the development of the next version is on its way;


= Cassandra =

Cassandra is a distributed storage system providing reliability at a massive
scale. Started incubation: 01/2009. Opened to community in 03/2009.

Past action items:

 * Get 0.4.0 release out. Done. (And 0.4.1, and 0.4.2)

Other notable activity:

 * Cassandra users survey thread including responses from Twitter, Mahalo,
Ooyala, SimpleGeo, and 20+ others:
http://n2.nabble.com/Cassandra-users-survey-td4040068.html#a4040068
 * Added Chris Goffinet and Johan Oskarsson as committers

Next steps:

 * Get 0.5.0 release out. (Beta1 was released a couple weeks ago; Beta2 is
being voted on now.)
 * Graduate


= Clerezza =

Clerezza was accepted in the incubator on November 27th, 2009.

We are setting up the podling, waiting on our mailing lists, there are no
issues requiring board attention at the moment.


= ESME =

Enterprise Social Messaging Experiment (ESME) is a secure and highly
scalable microsharing and micromessaging platform that allows people to
discover and meet one another and get controlled access to other sources of
information, all in a business process context.

ESME entered the incubator in 2008-12-02.

The following items have been performed since the last reporting period

 * Activity on the mailing list has increased dramatically
 * The Apache wiki is full of content and used widely
 * We have at least 4 new contributors adding code on a daily (almost)
basis.
 * Professional performance tests have been assisting us to find memory
problems
 * Use of Apache Hudson for daily builds
 * Started defining the Jira items necessary for a first release
 * Great deal of media attention - based on Chatter announcement from
SalesForce
 * Collaboration with various Apache-external groups (#ubimic, akibot, etc.)
 * Collaboration with OFBiz regarding integration of ESME into the
application
 * Users from various enterprises are using ESME in test installations

The following items are planned for the next reporting period:

 * Work on new UI
 * Hopefully, our first release

Top 2 or 3 things to resolve prior to graduation

 * Move all collaboration to the esme-dev mailing list
 * Increase community involvement in the project
 * Multiple Apache releases


= Etch =

Etch was accepted into Incubator on 2 September 2008. We had our first
birthday!

Etch is a cross-platform, language- and transport-independent framework for
building and consuming network services. The Etch toolset includes a network
service description language, a compiler, and binding libraries for a
variety of programming languages.

This last reporting period saw little activity (0 commits, 0 releases).
We're finding it hard to regain our momentum after the dissolution of our
team. James and Scott are using etch in their current projects, and Youngjin
would like to pick up the c-binding. What we lack is the organizational
energy to get things moving.

Release 1.1 is ready but needs some administrative polish before it is
*done*.

Release 1.2 is next in the pipeline.

Our continuous integration build problem will only be solved by one of us
hosting it at our new gigs. James and Scott are looking into this.

Outstanding items:

 * More community.. we have been Cisco-centered with just a few nibbles
outside of Cisco. Things are definitely changing with members employed or so
to be employed in different places. Building a stronger community remains
our key task. We wish we knew how.

Signed off by mentor: dashorst

= Hama =
Hama has been incubating since 19 May, 2008. It is a parallel matrix
computational package based on Hadoop Map/Reduce.

Recent developments:

 * We implemented BSP(Bulk Synchronous Parallel) library on top of the
Hadoop.
 * We were re-architecting the computing engine based on BSP to solve a
problem of performance and locality of sub-blocks in distributed system.

Required before graduation:

 * Recently, the community and patch contribution is increasing. However, we
need more committer/reviewers who are capable of proofing algorithm.
 * We need more documentation (We are preparing to submit a paper to the
USENIX) and education about linear algebra and graph algorithm.

Signed off by mentor: brett

= HISE =
HISE has entered incubation on November 6, 2009. HISE provides a deployable
component ready to interpret human interactions defined in xml files, as
specified in WS-Human-Task 1.0 Spec. It also exposes a taskOperations Web
Service for tasks management.

HISE is still in the setup phase, although that's almost done. All initial
committers now have an account, the repository and issues manager has been
setup. The only missing piece left are mailing-lasts, for now we're using
ODE's development list when necessary.


= Kato =

Kato was accepted into the Incubator on 6 November 2008.

Kato is a project to develop the Specification, Reference Implementation,
and TCK for JSR 326: the JVM Post-mortem Diagnostics API

Recent Activity:

 * The project is working towards making a milestone 1 release. Currently
working through release candidates using a multi-staged audit process as
suggested by Robert Burrell Donkin.
 * The JSR specification document has been accepted as an Early Draft Review
and the review period has passed.
 * The Technology Compilance Kit (TCK) has been running against the hprof
and CJVMTI implementations of the API.

The following is planned for next reporting period:

 * Our first release of the RI, demos and TCK.
 * The 1.0 release of the RI in concert with the Final Draft Review (FDR) of
the JSR.
 * Finalization of RI and JSR.

Before this project can be graduated we need to produce a usable
implementation of the API and more useful tools to encourage adoption and
participation of a much needed community.


= Libcloud =

Libcloud is a unified interface into various cloud service providers,
written in python. Libcloud joined the Incubator on November 3rd, 2009. Most
of our activity since joining the incubator has been around migrating our
existing code and community to the ASF.

 * All but one developer account has been created.
 * All iCLAs from pre-existing contributors have been submitted.
 * libcloud git repo has been migrated to ASF SVN.
 * libcloud mailing list has been migrated to ASF.
 * We are holding a libcloud meetup/dinner in San Francisco on Thursday,
December 10th. See the mailing list if you are interested in joining!

We are actively working on a release, which we hope to happen early 2010.


= Log4php =

Log4PHP is a logging framework similar to Log4J, but in PHP. The project
entered incubation in 2004, retired and restarted again on 2007-07-04. The
project got some community feedback, which is good, but not enough for
graduation.

 * Christian Hammers has been elected as new Committer
 * The Log4PHP team created 3 release candidates. We are currently voting on
them and will bring the proposed release on the incubator list soon
 * Update 13-12-09 - Today Log4PHP made its first release since being in the
Incubator for over 4 years!! A truly great effort to get this far, well done
team!


= OpenWebBeans =

OpenWebBeans is an ASL-licensed implementation of the JSR-299: Contexts and
Dependency Injection for the Java EE platform which is defined as JSR-299.

OpenWebBeans entered the incubator in October 26, 2008. The following items
have been made after the last report

 * We have passed JSR-330 TCK
 * We have increased our community
 * We have voted for graduation
 * We have been updating our code base using final specification
 * We begin to work on JSR-299 TCK
 * We have created a documentation project using docbook

Belows are the next steps;

 * We will try to graduate as TLP
 * We will release the M4 version.
 * We will integrate with the Apache Geronimo
 * We will fully implement specification
 * We will work on JSR-299 TCK


= RAT =

A number of patches have been (belatedly) applied and elections of some
contributors new to RAT but well known to the ASF are in progress.

The issue of final destination would probably be best solved by the creation
of a new TLP with a charter slightly wider than just RAT to allow the
development of other similar auditing tools useful to the Apache
infrastructure.


= River =

River is aimed at the development and advancement of the Jini technology
core infrastructure. Jini technology is a service oriented architecture that
defines a programming model which both exploits and extends Java technology
to enable the construction of secure, distributed systems which are adaptive
to change. River has been incubating since December 2006.

Work on the test suite and other parts of River has continued and there is
continued talk about doing the AR2 release. The active development community
is still rather small.

Next steps before graduation (no changes since last report):

 * AR2 Release
 * Change com.sun.jini.* namespace to org.apache.river.*
 * Reduce barriers to entry for new developers.
 * Increased committer participation.


= Shindig =

*** DID NOT REPORT ***


= Stonehenge =

Stonehenge has been incubating since December 2008. Stonehenge a set of
example applications for Service Oriented Architecture that spans languages
and platforms and demonstrates best practices and interoperability by using
currently defined W3C OASIS standard protocols.

Since the last report in August, the Stonehenge project has been making
progress towards, and clarifying the scope of an M2 release with
improvements to the first sample application centered on both a unified
configuration system, and a claims-based security model. As part of the
efforts towards an M2 release, a Sun Metro based implementation of the
StockTrader sample was added to the trunk.

Community

Since the last report, about 2 new developers have joined and actively
contributed code in the form bug fixes and new functionality, as well as
documentation. Apache Stonehenge was demonstrated at
http://www.nycdotnetdev.com/EventDetail.aspx?f=list&event=7/16/2009, the NYC
Connected Systems User Group, ApacheCon, and
http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/jccim/Apache-Stonehenge-demoed-at-PDC09/.

M2

Progress has been steady towards an M2 release. There is on-going work on a
claims-based security system that adds a passive and active STS in select
implementations of the StockTrader sample application. Interoperability
testing is currently underway on this new functionality. As documentation is
a key part to this project we've completely revampted out
http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/STONEHENGE/Index to accommodate
future samples. Currently there are 19 open JIRA issues marked as M2.

M3

As mentioned in the August 2009 Report M3 would consist of either adding
more interoperability features to StockTrader or implementing new sample
applications. The latter is currently the focus, and the community is
focusing on creating "micro samples" for many common WS-* scenarios, with
the goal being around creating implementations with low barriers to entry.
Discussions are in progress about testing frameworks and scenarios of
interest.

Graduation Map

 * Grow community around new claims based stocktrader implementations just
added
 * More thorough documentation that empowers developers to replicate
interoperability scenarios demonstrated
 * Demonstrate full interoperability between existing components, and
release


= Subversion =

Subversion entered the Incubator on November 7, 2009.  Subversion is a
version control system.

Mailing lists have been migrated to ASF infrastructure.  As of Dec. 10th,
the development mailing list has fully migrated over with the old tigris.org
dev@ list being shut down.  A users@ list has been created on ASF
infrastructure and is being used, but there are a number of published
references to the old tigris.org users@ address, so we are still discussing
that transition - that should be complete within the next month.  No
progress has been made to backfill archives, though some discussion has
occurred.  (Backfilling of archives is not required for graduation.)

The Subversion project has merged its source code history into the One True
Repo at svn.apache.org.  The old repository on svn.collab.net has been put
in read-only mode, and all new development is happening on svn.apache.org.
Most, if not all, active Subversion contributors have filed their ICLAs, and
are continuing development on the new infrastructure.

The most recent http://ci.apache.org/projects/subversion/rat-output.txt for
Subversion shows only 70 unknown licensed files, down from more than 200 a
couple of weeks ago.  Work continues on either removing inappropriately
licensed files from the distribution tarballs or adding licenses to files
found deficient.

The community plans to create a new patch release, Subversion 1.6.7, before
the end of the year.  Although this release will be made under the old
license (to avoid having to relicense mountains of code on the release
branch), the release process will be observed and monitored by the Incubator
PMC as part of the podling's progress toward graduation.

The podling remains optimistic that a rapid progression to graduation is
possible in the next month or two.



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