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From Christian Grobmeier <grobme...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:19:06 GMT
Luke, the proposal meanwhile arrived in the wiki:
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/OpenOfficeProposal

On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM, Luke Kowalski <luke.kowalski@oracle.com> wrote:
> 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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