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From Christian Grobmeier <grobme...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:12:39 GMT
>> 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.

Thanks Greg.

...but it helps developing the proposal. Guess we can expect some
discussion. People proabably would like to read it without searching
the mailinglist.

Is it ok if I would add it, even when I am not the proposer?

Cheers

>
> 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 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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