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From Luke Kowalski <luke.kowal...@oracle.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:34:34 GMT
we were instructed to send the proposal to an email address.
Should we go and hack at the wiki now? No issues, either way.


On 6/1/2011 9:00 AM, Greg Stein wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 11:57, Christian Grobmeier <grobmeier@gmail.com 
> <mailto:grobmeier@gmail.com>> wrote:
> > Hello Luke,
> >
> > don't know if OpenOffice is an exception, but usually Proposals are 
> done here:
> > http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/
>
> There is no requirement to use the Wiki. I've attached the text of the 
> .ODT file in the message below.
>
>
>   Abstract
>
>
> OpenOffice.org is comprised of (6) personal productivity applications: 
> word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, drawing, equation 
> editor, and database. OpenOffice.org supports Windows, Solaris, Linux 
> and Macintosh operation systems. OpenOffice.org is localized, 
> supporting over 110 languages worldwide.
>
>
>   Proposal
>
>
> OpenOffice.org will be contributed to Apache Software Foundation by 
> Oracle Corporation in compliance with ASF licensing and governance.
>
>
> This contribution will form the basis of the new OpenOffice project at 
> Apache.
>
>
>   Background
>
>
> OpenOffice.org was launched as an open source project by Sun 
> Microsystems in June 2000. OpenOffice.org was originally developed by 
> Star Division which was acquired by Sun in 1999. OpenOffice.org is the 
> leading alternative to MS-Office available as an open source licensed 
> offering. The source is written in C++ and delivers language-neutral 
> and scriptable functionality. This source technology introduces the 
> next-stage architecture, allowing use of the suite elements as 
> separate applications or as embedded components in other applications. 
> Numerous other features are also present including XML-based file 
> formats based on the vendor-neutral OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard 
> from OASIS and other resources.
>
>
>   Rationale
>
>
> OpenOffice.org core development would continue at Apache following the 
> contribution by Oracle, in accordance with Apache bylaws and its usual 
> open development processes. Both Oracle and ASF agree that the 
> OpenOffice.org development community, previously fragmented, would 
> re-unite under ASF to ensure a stable and long term future for 
> OpenOffice.org. ASF would enable corporate, non-profit, and volunteer 
> stakeholders to contribute code in a collaborative fashion.
>
>
> Supporting tooling projects will accompany the OpenOffice.org 
> contribution, providing APIs for extending and customizing 
> OpenOffice.org.
>
>
> Both OpenOffice.org and the related tooling projects support the OASIS 
> Open Document Format, and will attract an ecosystem of developers, 
> ISVs and Systems Integrators. ODF ensures the users of OpenOffice.org 
> and related solutions will own their document data, and be free to 
> choose the application or solution that best meets their requirements.
>
>
> The OpenOffice.org implementation will serve as a reference 
> implementation of the Open Document Format standard.
>
>
>
>   Current Status
>
>
> This is a new project.
>
>
>   Meritocracy
>
>
> The initial developers are very familiar with open source development, 
> both at Apache and elsewhere. Apache was chosen specifically because 
> Oracle as contributor, and IBM as Sponsor and the initial developers 
> want to encourage this style of development for the project. A diverse 
> developer community is regarded as necessary for a healthy, stable, 
> long term OpenOffice.org project.
>
>
>   Community
>
>
> OpenOffice.org. seeks to further encourage developer and user 
> communities during incubation, beyond the existing developers 
> currently working on the project.
>
>
>   Core Developers
>
>
> The initial set of committers include people from the community of 
> OpenOffice.org Technology projects. We have varying degrees of 
> experience with Apache-style open source development, ranging from 
> none to ASF Members.
>
>
>   Alignment
>
>
> The developers of OpenOffice.org will want to work with the Apache 
> Software Foundation specifically because Apache has proven to provide 
> a strong foundation and set of practices for developing 
> standards-based infrastructure and related components. Additionally, 
> the project may evolve to support cloud and mobile platforms from its 
> starting point of desktop operating systems.
>
>
>   Known Risks
>
>
>   Orphaned products
>
>
> OpenOffice.org is a mature project, with a set of APIs. It is 
> continuing to evolve.
>
>
>   Inexperience with Open Source
>
>
> The initial developers include long-time open source developers, 
> including Apache Members.
>
>
>   Homogenous Developers
>
>
>       OpenOffice.org for many years was managed by Sun, who provided
>       the majority of its engineering resources as well as its
>       direction. Moving this project to Apache will enable a new start
>       and provide a broad framework.
>
>
>   Reliance on Salaried Developers
>
>
> The initial group of developers will be employed by IBM, Linux 
> distribution companies, and likely public sector agencies. 
> Localization resources are expected to gravitate to the new project, 
> as well. Ensuring the long term stability of OpenOffice.org is a major 
> reason for establishing the project at Apache.
>
>
>   Relationships with Other Apache Products
>
>
> POI potentially, if POI extends to support ODF, the default file 
> format of OpenOffice.org.
>
>
>   A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand
>
>
> We believe in the processes, systems, and framework Apache has put in 
> place.
>
>
>   Documentation
>
>
> C <http://documentation.OpenOffice.org.org/>urrently available on 
> openoffice.org <http://openoffice.org> and archived.
>
> Migration TBD.
>
>
>   Initial Source
>
> The initial source will consist of a collection of OpenOffice.org files.
>
>
>
>   External Dependencies
>
> None at this time
>
>
>   Required Resources
>
>
> Developer and user mailing lists
>
>
> A subversion repository
>
>
> A JIRA issue tracker
>
>
> Download site
>
>
> Oracle will assist in the transition and migration from 
> OpenOffice.org. All of the content has already been archived and is 
> ready for the ASF infrastructure group to act on.
>
>
>   Initial Committers
>
> Andrew Rist ---Oracle
>
> Rob Weir --- IBM
>
>
>
>   Sponsors
>
>
> Sam Ruby, Geir Magnusson, Sally Khudairi
>
>
>
>   Champion
>
>
> Sam Ruby, Apache Foundation
>
>
>   Nominated Mentors
>
>
> Jim Jagielski --Apache
>
>
>
>   Sponsoring Entity
>
>
> The Apache Incubator
>

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