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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject November 2010 Incubator Status Report - Updated
Date Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:15:39 GMT
The updates are the addition of Deltacloud, VCL and Wookie reports.

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There are no issues for the Board.

New PMC Members: Hadrian Zbarcea, Isabel Drost, Siegfried Goeschi, Mohammad
Nour El-Din (pending his acceptance).  Henning Schmiedehausen has left the
PMC.

Infrastructure has proposed that the Incubator switch over to the new CMS.
It seems that early next year will be the timeframe.

The PMC has voted to submit OODT for TLP status.  Congratulations to the
project.  Kitty, Celix and Stanbol have been voted to start Incubation.

  - Kitty: lightweight Java application server performance diag & admin
utility
  - Celix: OSGi-like C implementation with focus on interoperability with
OSGi
  - Stanbol: software stack and set of components for semantic content
management

Jena, a semantic web framework in Java, is currently being discussed.
Bertrand and other have discussed coordination amongst the semantic content
projects: Clerezza, Stanbol and Jena.

We also found strong support to start an android-interest mailing list to
help build a critical mass of developer support for Android-based projects
at the ASF.

Finally, based on prior discussion with the Board, and the benign results of
subsequent experiments, the Incubator is discussing looser rules for
projects to vote on their own Committers.

Missing reports: Droids, HISE, Stonehenge

  - Droids appears to have no activity since September.  People asking
questions are not getting answered.  Perhaps the project should be
mothballed.
  - HISE has some activity, although October was quiet.
  - Stonehenge appears to have been dead since July, when it made a
milestone release, and is discussing being archived.  There appears to be
disappointment over the perceived disappearance of Microsoft and WSO2.

An e-mail has already been sent to start the discussion of mothballing or
otherwise handling these projects.

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= ALOIS =

ALOIS stands for "Advanced Log Data Insight System" and is meant to be a
fully implemented open source SIEM security information and event management
system.

ALOIS is incubating since 22nd October 2010.

Things done since October: * Committers user accounts created * Added more
comments to sourcecode * Added apache license and copyright to sourcecode *
Uploaded sourcecode to
https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/alois/trunk * Released
unpublished library "libisi" to rubygems (https://rubygems.org/gems/libisi)
and rubyforge http://rubyforge.org/projects/libisi/

Next steps todo: * Create developer howto (to explain how to get started and
howto test the sourcecode) * Review code * Create a public demo server *
Create Roadmap (including reschedule preexisting bugs) * Ensure required
libraries/dependencies meet license requirements * Publishing internal
bugreports to https://issues.apache.org/jira/


= Amber =

Amber is a project to develop a Java library which provides an API
specification for, and an unconditionally compliant implementation of the
OAuth v1.0, v1.0a and v2.0 specifications. OAuth is a mechanism that allows
users to authenticate and authorise access by another party to resources
they control while avoiding the need to share their username and password
credentials.

The most important issues that must be addressed before graduation are:

 * attract new users and developers
 * making a release

The Incubator PMC / ASF Board should be aware that:

 * community activity is very low and committers/mentors have been quite
dormant latelly

How has the community developed since the last report

 * No change

How has the project developed since the last report

 * A couple of issues on spec-api have been fixed.
 * Site has been prepared and is being published.
 * Amber has been presented at latest Apache Retreat in UK, a couple of
people talked about possibly contributing OAuth v2.0 implementation.
 * Work being done on signature-api to fix RSA algorithm.


= 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.

Current status of developing the next version of RealClass: * Learning QT
network API, and tried to encapsulate it into new class * Testing
Video/Audio/Screen encode/decode API of FFempeg, including sending and
receiving, this job had almost been done; * Making UI of new system, ongoing
next step:

* Finish message parse and socket plus encode/decode class before Dec 1st *
Finish UI design and commit UI code in 2 weeks


= Chukwa =

We're mostly marking time. We have a dependency on HBase, but their latest
version broke some things we rely on. Waiting for them to fix, (which they
are scheduled to do) pending a Chukwa release. People are still supplying
bug fix patches. We're also still adding documentation.


= Clerezza =

Clerezza (incubating since November 27th, 2009) is an  OSGi-based modular
application and set of components (bundles) for  building RESTFul Semantic
Web applications and services.

There are currently no issues requiring board attention.

Recent activity:

 * First real life usage with heavier load, leads to significant performance
improvements and to the fix of stability issues (Performance test results
are available in issue CLEREZZA-348).
 * Removed jersey code from triaxrs (license conflict with CDDL 1.1 and GPL
2)
 * Interaction with the Jena team on TDB was already happening, with Stanbol
and Jena coming to the Incubator there's a very promising ecosystem for
Clerezza.
 * Summary about clerezza architecture written (CLEREZZA-334)
 * Improved User documentation

Next steps:

 * Make our first release
 * Voting for logos and website theme
 * Add documentation and tutorial to website

Top 2/3 Issues before graduation:

 * Improve our website with tutorials and "getting started" content.
 * Prepare some easy-to-run demos to get people interested in Clerezza.


= Deltacloud =

Deltacloud defines a web service API for interacting with cloud service
providers and resources in those clouds in a unified manner. In addition, it
consists of a number of implementations of this API for the most popular
clouds.

Infrastructure:

    * Hudson configured to trigger build after commit
(https://hudson.apache.org/hudson/job/apache-deltacloud-core/)

Latest activity:

    * Deltacloud API was proclaimed as stable and version 0.1.0 was released
    * A new EC2 driver for Deltacloud API (in review process)
    * Client improved to be more stable
    * Deltacloud API is now Ruby 1.9 compatible

Current issues:

    * Support for buckets (streaming)


= Droids =

DID NOT REPORT.


= Gora =

Gora is an ORM framework for column stores such as Apache HBase and Apache
Cassandra with a specific focus on Hadoop.

A list of the three most important issues to address in the move towards
graduation

 1. Port Gora code and license headers into ASF license headers
 2. Develop a strong community with organizational diversity and with
infection into existing ASF projects like Nutch and Hadoop
 3. At least one Gora incubating release

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be aware
of?

No, not at this time.

How has the community developed since the last report?

The community is slowly migrating over from Github. Mailing lists activity
is mainly from Gora committers and mentors, though we have fielded a user
question or two since the last report. Enis sent a link regarding the
spring-data framework, a NoSQL solution from the Spring community.

How has the project developed since the last report?

Gora was voted into the Incubator by the IPMC on September 26, 2010.

Work has effectively begun at the ASF. An Apache Forrest-based website has
been stood up (GORA-2) at http://incubator.apache.org led by Enis Soztutar
and Henry Saputra. Andrew Hart contributed a logo for GORA in GORA-3.
Andrzej Bialecki has been leading the development of several Gora backends,
including Ehcache (GORA-13), JDBM2 (GORA-14) and Solr (GORA-9). Other
bugfixes and development discussions (e.g., GORA-12) have been churning
along (with contributions from Dogacan Guney and others. The project's
development is moving forward.

A software grant was recorded on October 5, 2010 and Chris Mattmann set up
the initial Gora Incubator tracking status page at
http://incubator.apache.org/projects/gora.html in GORA-10.


= HISE =

DID NOT REPORT


= Isis =

Isis is an ASL 2.0 licensed implementation of the Naked Objects pattern.  It
is based on contributions of the original Naked Objects Framework along with
a number of sister projects that were developed for the book "Domain Driven
Design using Naked Objects".

Isis was accepted into the Incubator in 2010, September 7th.

Project Development (month 2 of incubation):

 * All code now uploaded (including sister projects); code now building.
 * Worked on Maven website, stubs for documentation; first-cut
logo/branding; site now building.
 * Initial site uploaded (some issues still outstanding here).

Community Development (month 2 of incubation):

 * Mailing list shows increased usage from previous month.
 * Wiki starting to get some useful content. *Vangjel Stavro* showed
interest in contributing to Wiki documentation.
 * A number of new individuals have expressed an interest in contributing in
various areas... no contributions yet, but hopeful.
 * Informal "spreading the word" and introducing others to what is Apache
Isis and what it can do for their software development at [ApacheCon 2010 |
http://na.apachecon.com/c/acna2010/].
 * [Lightning talk |
http://sites.google.com/site/ljcopenconference/home/proposed-talks/open-sour
ce-project-lightning-talks/apache-isis] scheduled at [LJC OpenConference,
Nov 2010 | http://www.meetup.com/Londonjavacommunity/calendar/15005703/].
 * Session accepted at [REConf 2011 | http://www.reconf.de/] conference, on
the Isis "BDD Viewer" (Concordion integration).
 * Got permissions to create Hudson build jobs for Apache Isis, expected to
be finalized maximum by the end of this month November 2010.

Top 3 Issues to address in move towards graduation:

 * Putting good documentation site out as start-off to building larger
community.
 * Getting first release out to demonstrate credibility.
 * Ensuring existing committers all happy with transition to Apache.

None of these issues requires Board attention.

New Releases

 * There is currently no incubator release yet.


= Kitty =

Brand new, and just getting started.  Podling setup has begun (mailing list
creation, svn, jira, web site, etc.), but is not yet complete. Hope to see
the Kitty community going real soon.


= Libcloud =

Libcloud is a unified interface into various cloud service providers,
written in Python. Libcloud joined the Incubator on November 3rd, 2009.

Our last major release was 0.4.0 on 12 October 2010.

Over the past few months we have accomplished:

 * Code cleanup, including removing Zope dependencies
 * New driver for !ElasticHosts
 * Bug fixes and improvements for !GoGrid, EC2, Linode, Slicehost, and
!RimuHosting.
 * Sandbox creation, hosting the Java version

Documentation is still currently lacking, and a refresh of the website is in
order. Both will facilitate new driver contributions and project adoption.

With the introduction of a Java counterpart of Libcloud, many questions
arise on the direction of the project as a whole.  Initially, library and
API development were one in the same in Python, but with interest in other
languages (Java, Ruby, etc), we need to determine how to best establish
standards so to provide some sort of consistency between languages.

The direction and formation of a polyglot Libcloud will likely be the final
hurdle before graduation.


= NPanday =

NPanday allows projects using the .NET framework to be built with Apache
Maven. NPanday allows .NET projects to be converted into Maven projects thus
allowing them to fully utilize the other technologies driven by Maven.
NPanday has been incubating since August 2010.

The top priorities towards graduation are:

 * create initial status file and update incubator web site
 * work through IP clearance and other items from status file
 * work on creating an initial release

There are no issues for the Incubator PMC or board at this time.

There were a couple of issues filed by some new users and they've also
submitted patches.

The two major issues that are highlighted for the 2.0 release were merged
into trunk.


= Nuvem =

Apache Nuvem will define an open application programming interface for
common cloud application services, allowing applications to be easily ported
across the most popular cloud platforms.

Nuvem was accepted for Incubation on June, 2010.

The Nuvem Project is slowly getting started. The community is discussing
project Roadmap. We presented at ApacheCon 2010 in the community track with
a good number of attendees.

Top things to resolve prior to graduation: Increase the number of active
committers.


= 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.

 * Issues before graduation :
  * PhotArk started as a project with no initial code-base, and we have
grown the community to the minimal 3 independent committer size required for
graduation and have been seeing slow but continuous interest in the project.
The community started discussion graduation and based on mentors feedback we
are going to recruit couple committers before we start the graduation
process.

 * PhotArk community members are working on the M3 release which
incorporates GSoC contributions.
 * PhotArk project was featured in ApacheCon with a talk from Avdesh in the
Tuscany Track.


= SIS =

Apache SIS is a toolkit that spatial information system builders or users
can use to build applications containing location context. This project will
look to store reference implementations of spatial algorithms, utilities,
services, etc. as well as serve as a sandbox to explore new ideas. Further,
the goal is to have Apache SIS grow into a thriving Apache top-level
community, where a host of SIS/GIS related software (OGC datastores,
REST-ful interfaces, data standards, etc.) can grow from and thrive under
the Apache umbrella.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be aware
of?

Not at this time

Community progress since the last report

The SIS community elected Nga Chung as an SIS committer on September 1, 2010
in recognition of her contributions in SIS-3. SIS'ers need to follow up
after the meeting with ESRI to determine if they are interested with
participating in the community. Much of the other activity continues to be
from the mentors and committers.

Project progress since last report

SIS was voted into the Incubator by the IPMC on February 21, 2010.

There has been a wealth of development activity over the past month in
preparation for the 0.1-incubating release. Chris Mattmann proposed to be
the RM for the release, and has pushed out 3 release candidates so far,
addressing comments from the IPMC community. As it stands today, the SIS
0.1-incubating rc #3 VOTE is set to pass around 7pm PST tonight. The initial
version of SIS 0.1-incubating includes the ability to load data from GeoRSS
(SIS-19 and SIS-22), a REST-ful location service (SIS-16), and a demo JSP
file in the WAR webapp that shows the SIS point-radius and bounding box
queries using a Google Maps search interface (SIS-15, SIS-18 and SIS-23).


= Stonehenge =

DID NOT REPORT

= 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 user community continues to grow. We really need to get
more committers. We have asked on our development list for more people to
get involved and also individually contacted people encouraging them to get
involved, but are still having trouble getting people on board.

Plans for next Release

    * We announced our second release through ASF on Oct. 5th
    * We plan to reduce the number of items to go in to the next release in
hopes of decreasing time between releases.

Top Issues Before Graduation

    * Continue to increase contributors from multiple institutions


= Whirr =

Whirr provides code for running a variety of software services on cloud
infrastructure.

Whirr was accepted into the incubator on 11 May 2010. Status information is
available at http://incubator.apache.org/projects/whirr.html.

Progress since the last report: We have made an initial 0.1.0 release and
the second 0.2.0 release is being voted on this week. We continue to get
contributions from outside the initial committer base, and have added one
committer (Adrian Cole). Whirr is being covered at industry meetups (e.g. at
Devoxx later this month). The website and infrastructure are all up and
running smoothly.

Plans for the next period:

 * Do a third release.
 * Support the existing services on more cloud providers (beyond Amazon EC2,
Rackspace Cloud Servers).
 * Add more services (probably HBase next).

Top three items to resolve before graduation:

 * Increase community involvement in the project
 * Make several incubating releases
 * Support at least three services on Whirr


= 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:

*  In the process this week of releasing Apache Wink 1.1.2. *  Asynchronous
HTTP client provided by Sonatype contributors (Jeanfrancois and Jason), JCDI
support, logging debug improvements, and general bug fixes were added. *
Interesting presentation by Luciano Resende related to Apache Wink at
ApacheCon (
http://lresende.blogspot.com/2010/11/apachecon-session-building-restful.html
 ) *  Voted in Mike Rheineheimer as a PPMC member.  Looking to add more
committers.

Planned Activity:

*  More Java EE 6 integration *  Interest from Jeanfrancois to provide
support for Atmosphere in Wink for asynchronous processing so may add some
support here.

Top issues before graduation:

*  Build community


= Wookie =

Wookie is a Java server application that allows you to upload and deploy
widgets for your applications. Wookie is based on the W3C Widgets
specification, but widgets can also be included that use extended APIs such
as Google Wave Gadgets and OpenSocial.

Wookie has been incubating since 17th July 2009

Community:

    * the community is slowly diversifying but we need to see more active
contributions from new people before graduation. A release will help in this
regard.
    * There was a Wookie session at ApacheCon and a meetup discussed
potential for the creation of a widget "portal" solution possibly using
Wookie
    * started process towards first release
(https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/WOOKIE/Wookie+First+Release)

Recent activity:

    * removed all previous non apache licenced dependencies (removed major
dependency on hibernate)
    * implemented plugable persistence framework (JPA, JCR versions
implemented)
    * various other bug fixes & updates geared towards getting first release
completed

Next steps:

    * complete release process
    * investigation/implementation into replacement for direct web remoting
layer (possibly socket.io) - already started

Issues before graduation:

    * complete first release
    * build community/expand user base


= Zeta Components =

Zeta Components is a high-quality library of loosely-coupled PHP components.
It has entered incubation on 2010-05-21. The infrastructure is mainly in
place and the project is working in direction of a first release.

Since August 2010:

 * The license / copyright change has been performed
 * Almost all infrastructure is in place
 * A new committer has been voted by the PMC (needs verification from IPMC)
 * Several external contributions have been proposed

The 3 most important issues to be tackled are:

 * Create a release process (in discussion)
 * Perform an initial release
 * Attract more contributors



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