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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject September 2011 Incubator Board
Date Wed, 21 Sep 2011 03:02:02 GMT
The flood of Hadoop related projects continues with new Incubator projects:

 * HMS (now Ambari), a monitoring, administration and lifecycle management
project for Apache Hadoop clusters
 * Accumulo, a sorted, distributed key/value store based on Google's
BigTable design, and built on top of Hadoop, Zookeeper, and Thrift

were voted to start Incubation, along with:

 * Kalumet, a complete environment manager and deployer including J2EE
environments (application servers, applications, etc), softwares, and
resources.

Other projects under discussion:

 * S4 (Simple Scalable Streaming System), a general-purpose, distributed,
scalable, partially fault-tolerant, pluggable platform that allows
programmers to easily develop applications for processing continuous,
unbounded streams of data.

OGNL should be moving to Apache Commons.

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Ambari (was HMS)

Ambari is monitoring, administration and lifecycle management project for
Apache Hadoop clusters.

 * Incubating since 30 August 2011.
 * Changed name to Ambari over trademark concerns.
 * In process of moving onto Apache infrastructure:
   * Jira and subversion created.
   * Mailing lists requested (6 Sep), but not created.
   * Confluence requested (6 Sep), but not created
   * Committer accounts created.
   * Working on initial code import and code grant.


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BeanValidation

Bean Validation was accepted into Incubator on 1 March 2010.

The Bean Validation project is an implementation of the Java EE Bean
Validation JSR303 specification.

There are no other important issues open before a possible graduation.
Actually the project is discussing its graduation as TLP or into
Apache Commons, as natural successor of Commons Validator.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC or ASF Board might wish/need to be aware
of

 * none

How has the community developed since the last report

 * Users community activity is stable, users slightly decreased the
activity of filling issues on JIRA and asking questions, we suppose
codebase/provided documentation start being mature enough to satisfy
users needs.

How has the project developed since the last report.

 * Started a 'extras' module development where putting validators
not included in the JSR303 spec.
 * planning the development for implementing next JSR330 spec version.


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Bigtop

Bigtop is a project for the development of native packaging and stack tests
of the Hadoop ecosystem.

Bigtop entered incubation on June 20, 2011.

Primary issues blocking graduation:
* Need for increased diversity and additional committers.
* Incubating release including testing framework.
* Incorporation of functional stack testing.

Issues which Incubator PMC and/or ASF Board might need/wish to be aware of:
* Due to limitations in available platforms on Apache Jenkins infrastructure
and need for VM spin-up/spin-down for tests, we are working directly with
OSUOSL on build/test setup.

Community development since last report:
* Community meetup held August 18th, with mentors and committers alike.

Project development since last report:
* 0.1.0-incubating released.
* Website created.
* Additional component project (Mahout) added.
* Supported platforms voted on.
* Initial implementation of package validation tests implemented and live.


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Deft

Deft is a non-blocking, asynchronous, event driven high performance web
framework running on the JVM.

Issues before graduation
 * Project rename (Deft seems to be trademarked)
 * Put together a first incubation release
 * Find new committers

The PPMC has discussed that we probably need to rename Deft. The reason for
this is to avoid future complication because of trademarks associated with
Deft.

No significant change has been noticed regarding the Apache Deft community.

The Apache Deft web page is up and running (still a lot of documentation to
be done).


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Etch

Etch was accepted into Incubator on 2 September 2008.

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.

- Etch binding-cpp is currently in development and some parts of the basic
framework (OS abstraction layer, collection types, basic Etch components)
are already implemented and available in the trunk
- A new developer Martin Veith from the BMW Car IT provided a lot of patches
and some documentation stuff
- Fixed some smaller bugs in the C, Java and C# bindings
- The new Apache Etch website is nearly complete
http://etch.staging.apache.org/etch/ and will be migrated to the public area
while the next weeks. A detailed Etch documentation will be converted
afterwards (Docbook PDF and HTML)
- Community ramp up a little bit and we hope to get a better grounding

future tasks:
- Prepare next release and publish it
- Migrate to new Apache Etch CMS
- Further development of the binding-cpp
- Community development


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Flume

Apache Flume is a distributed, reliable, and available system for
efficiently collecting, aggregating, and moving large amounts of log data to
scalable data storage systems such as Apache Hadoop's HDFS.

Flume entered incubation on June 12th, 2011.

== Issues before graduation ==

 * Create Flume web site.
 * Make an incubating release.
 * Grow the community size and diversity.
 * Licensing and trademark issues.

== Community ==

 * Development activities are going steadily with eighteen JIRA issues
created in the past month, and eighteen resolved.
 * Active development is going on in flume-728 branch which is an effort to
address critical problems observed in the trunk implementation.
  * The core interfaces have been defined for the first cut.
  * Active development is going on for implementing HDFS sink.
  * Active development is going on for implementing a reliable channel.
  * Core lifecycle and configuration aspects of the system are still being
tweaked to ensure support for common use-cases.

== Project developments ==

 * Initial inquiry into trademark status.


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Giraph

Giraph is a large-scale, fault-tolerant, Bulk Synchronous Parallel
(BSP)-based graph
processing framework that runs on Hadoop. Giraph entered the incubator in
August 2011.

Project developments:

* Project website created.
* Confluence wiki created.
* Accounts were created for two of the committers.
* Project is entirely on Apache infrastructure.

Next steps:
* Adding new committers.
* Making a release.
* One of the initial committers still hasn't filed an ICLA. We either
need him to move forward or remove him.


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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?

In July 2011, we elected Ioannis Cannelos to the Gora PPMC and as a Gora
Committer. We've also had a lot of interest from the Nutch community lately
(specifically Lewis John McGibbney) as they are trying to help us get a
stable version of Gora 0.2 trunk out the door and working with Maven Central
so that Nutch as a downstream consumer can leverage Gora in it's 2.0 trunk
version.

How has the project developed since the last report?

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

We are on RC #4 for Gora 0.1.1-incubating, a small patch to 0.1-incubating
to get Maven dependencies working and a process in place. There has been
some recent dev activity in trunk by Alexis Detreglode to get a new
Cassandra back-end store in place, and improve upon the existing one. There
are also efforts underway by Henry Saputra to get a CI build on Jenkins
going for Gora.


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Hama

Hama was accepted into Incubator on 20 May 2008. Hama is a distributed
computing framework based on BSP (Bulk Synchronous Parallel) computing
techniques for massive scientific computations.

== Top 2 or 3 things to resolve prior to graduation ==

 * Invite new active committers

== Issues for the Incubator PMC or ASF Board ==

None.

== Community development ==

 * Now we have 3 people ready to become committers (ChiaHung Lin, Thomas
Jungblut, Miklos Erdelyi).
 * 'Miklos Erdelyi' has contributed graph computing framework on top of BSP.

== Project development ==

 * Now we support multi-task.
 * Migrated from Forrest to Maven site.
 * Some bug and performance issues are fixed.
 * Plan to integrate with Hadoop nextGen.


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HCatalog

HCatalog is a table and storage management service for data created using
Apache Hadoop.

The most important issues in moving the project to graduation are expanding
the community of developers and producing a release of the software.

Since the last report we have:
* Made several attempts at an initial release, each of which have had issues
with NOTICE or DISCLAIMER files.  We are preparing for another release
candidate.
* Continued feature development, adding two major new features (ability to
write multiple partitions at once and a notification interface for data
consumers).
* Added significant testing

Currently there are 60 subscribers to the user list and 59 on the dev list.
There were 32 and 30 respectively last report (June 2011).


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Isis

Isis is an ALv2 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 " (pragprog 2009).

Isis was accepted into the Incubator in 2011, September 7th.

Project Development

* Isis-0.1.2-incubating released during July 2011
* Ongoing work on new json viewer, implementing the restfulobjects.org spec
* Enhancements to sql object store

Community Development

* Reasonably active mailing list; first "real" problem/change request raised
(and fixed)
* Frequent commits
* Isis members attended BarCamp Oxford in Sept, presented on Isis

Top 3 Issues to address in move towards graduation

* More blogging/publicity from existing community...
* More users of the framework...
* More committers to the framework

None of these issues requires Board attention.

New Releases

* Next release expected in Nov 2011


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Kafka

Introduced to Apache incubator on Jul 4, 2011

Kafka provides an extremely high throughput distributed publish/subscribe
messaging system. Additionally, it supports relatively long term persistence
of messages to support a wide variety of consumers, partitioning of the
message stream across servers and consumers, and functionality for loading
data into Apache Hadoop for offline, batch processing.

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

   1. Successful podling release.
   2. Invite diverse new active committers

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

Not at this time.

How has the community developed since the last report?

Mailing list traffic for July-August-September[12th] (user: 40, 65, 19; dev:
116, 371, 63) both show healthy growth trends.  Qualitatively the -dev
discussion has trended away from topics like "how should we configure Jira?"
to "What's the best way to deal with multiple language bindings?".  Several
patches were submitted by first time contributors.

How has the project developed since the last report?

The general theme over the past month has been polish: fixing bugs, better
unit tests, getting log levels right, build system cleanup etc.


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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:

* Some JIRA items have been raised regarding the commandline tomcat
commands.
* Discussions with Oracle have been continuing. An individual from Oracle
has been identified, but no discussions have come from this yet.

The following is planned for next reporting period:

* Decide in what form the podling should continue, if at all.

Before this project can graduate we need to encourage more participation in
the project and grow the community.


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ManifoldCF

--Description--

ManifoldCF is an incremental crawler framework and set of connectors
designed to pull documents from various kinds of repositories into search
engine indexes or other targets. The current bevy of repository connectors
includes Documentum (EMC), FileNet (IBM), LiveLink (OpenText), Meridio
(Autonomy), SharePoint (Microsoft), JDBC, CIFS file systems, CMIS
repositories, RSS feeds, and web content. Output support includes Solr,
MetaCarta GTS, and OpenSearchServer.  ManifoldCF also provides components
for individual document security within a target search engine, so that
repository security access conventions can be enforced in the search
results.

ManifoldCF has been in incubation since January, 2010. It was originally a
planned subproject of Lucene but is now a likely top-level project.

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

1. We need at least one additional active committer, as well as additional
users and repeat contributors
2. We want to finish the current release before graduating
3. We'd like to see long-term contributions for project testing, especially
infrastructure access

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

All issues have been addressed to our satisfaction at this time.

--How has the community developed since the last report?--

A book has been completed, and is now available in early-release form,
available from Manning Publishing, at http://www.manning.com/wright.  We
have signed up a new committer in this quarter and are discussing a second.
One of our mentors (Grant Ingersoll) resigned.

We continue to have user community interest.  We are participating this year
in both Apache Eurocon and Apache North America.  We've had a number of
extremely helpful contributions from the field, including the CMIS connector
and the OpenSearchServer output connector.  We have started to discuss
graduation from the incubator, which may come to pass by the end of the
year.

--How has the project developed since the last report?--

An 0.1 release was made on January 31, 2011, and a 0.2 release occurred on
May 17, 2011.  Another release is scheduled for September 15, 2011, and will
contain significant new features, including two new connectors and a client
scripting language.


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MRUnit - a library to support unit testing of Hadoop MapReduce jobs.

MRUnit entered incubation on March 8th, 2011.

Community
* Still looking to develop a broader community.
* Release and contribution docs under development.
* Eric Sammer doing a great job pushing development forward.
* Discussions about producing first MRUNIT release candidate.

Issues before graduation
* Make an incubating release
* Grow the community size and diversity

Licensing and other issues
* none - MRUnit was originally a subproject of Hadoop


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ODFToolkit

The ODF Toolkit is a set of Java modules that allow programmatic creation,
scanning and manipulation of OpenDocument Format (ISO/IEC 26300 == ODF)
documents. Unlike other approaches which rely on runtime manipulation of
heavy-weight editors via an automation interface, the ODF Toolkit is
lightweight and ideal for server use.

* ODF Toolkit entered incubation on Aug 1st, 2011.

* Most important issues to address.
  1) Growing the community, increasing diversity of committers
  2) Technical migration from the ODF Toolkit Union to Apache
infrastructure, including code repository, website, bugzilla and wiki.
  5) Successful podling release.

* Any issues that the Incubator PMC or ASF Board might wish/need to be aware
of
  None at this time.

* How has the community developed since the last report
  The mailing lists are ready now for 23 days.  We have 37 subscribers. We
invited the existing users to this new community and are trying to attract
more new people join us.  This should be easier once we have code in the
repository.

* How has the project developed since the last report.

Requests are in queue with Apache Infra for loading the code repostiory and
the issue tracker.   70% website and wiki migration work has been done.


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Oozie

Oozie is a workflow management and scheduler primarily for Hadoop based
jobs.

Oozie entered the incubation on July 11, 2011.

* A list of the three most important issues to address in the move towards
graduation:
   * Make the first Oozie release from Apache incubation.
   * Improve the documentations: user, development for quicker adoption
   * Establish the formal contribution process (such as CTR vs RTC)

* Any issues that the Incubator PMC or ASF Board might wish/need to be aware
of:
   * No issues.

* How has the community developed since the last report:
   * Oozie users from github started moving to Apache Incubator.
   * Using new Apache Oozie JIRA for issue tracking.
   * Using oozie-users and oozie-dev mailing list provided by Apache instead
of the same from yahoo group.

* How has the project developed since the last report.
   * Oozie source code is migrated to Apache SVN.
   * Oozie code originally had Yahoo License. Replace those text by Apache
License.
   * Oozie product web page is created.  Further improvement is ongoing on.
   * Old github Issues and JIRA have been migrated to Apache Oozie JIRA.


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OpenOffice.org

* OpenOffice.org entered incubation 2011-06-13.

OpenOffice.org is an open-source, office-document productivity suite
providing six productivity applications based around the OpenDocument Format
(ODF).  OpenOffice.org is released on multiple platforms.  Its localizations
support 110 languages worldwide.

* Most Important To Address

1) Migration of the legacy OpenOffice.org website's content and services to
Apache infrastructure, including defect tracking, wiki, forums, mailing
lists, and cross-service registration using customized software not already
supported by Apache projects and infrastructure.  Successful negotiation of
governance migration of user-supported services brought under incubation.
Resolution of copyright, license and notice for content miugrated from
legacy OpenOffice.org website.

2) Completion of the IP-review portions of the incubation checklist, which
will require getting an amended SGA from Oracle to cover additional source
files; scrubbing of incompatible notices from SGA-licensed code and
resolving provenance of other existing materials being migrated.

3) A Successful Podling Release

* Issues for IPMC or ASF Board Awareness

Notices concerning encryption methods employed in code now in the podling
SVN have not been produced; legal-discuss is being consulted in regard to
product class for OpenOffice.org.

* Community Development Progress

As of 2011-09-12 there are 72 committers, with 55 on the PPMC, up from 71
and 52 at last report.  Eleven initial committers have failed to submit
iCLAs and are out of communication.

Discussion is underway with the operators of the existing OpenOffice.org
user-support forums for migration of the forums into the project, with
adjustment of governance to provide appropriate PPMC oversight.

We have created a ooo-users.i.a.o mailing list.  A Japanese-language
ooo-general-ja.i.a.o is also starting.

We have reviewed a request for permission to use the OpenOffice.org
trademark by a German book publisher, and sent our approval recommendation
to Apache Branding.

A "Building OpenOffice.org for Linux" buildfest was announced on the project
blog and carried out over the Internet in the first full week of September.


* Project Development Progress

The OpenOffice.org trademarks have been transferred to Apache.  The
OpenOffice.org domain-name registrations are being transferred to Apache.

The legacy OpenOffice.org Issue Tracking Bugzilla has been moth-balled as
read-only and an Apache Bugzilla established for continuation of Issue
Tracking under the podling.

The main source code base has been transferred to Apache SVN and is being
actively tested and modified.  Merging of additional work spaces from
OpenOffice.org, and preservation of versioning history is being pursued.
The current effort is focused on successful build of a counterpart of the
last complete build at OpenOffice.org.

Test configurations of the OpenOffice.org forum system and the
OpenOffice.org Wiki have been brought up on Apache infrastructure fixtures.
Cutover of the forum system is anticipated as part of the OpenOffice.org
migration.

Detailed planning continues on public wiki:
https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/


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RAT

Rat audits releases.

A renewed push started to find a final status for Rat. A consensus emerged
that the best destination for Rat would be a top level project, even if the
scope is broad enough to allow a suite of related products to be developed
by the community. Hopefully, Rat will be in a position to graduate soon.

Work has started on new code complementing the classic plugins:

 * Apache Rat Eye assists bulk reviews (coded in Python)
 * Apache Rat Whisker automates the verification and generation of legal
documents (LICENSE, NOTICE, etc) for application composed from many
components (coded in Java)

The 0.8 release of the classic plugin is expected soon.

Trademark, branding and marketing issues remain unresolved. The Incubator
guides no longer accord well with developments in ASF policy in this area.
It seems appropriate that before graduation these issues should be sorted
out, though this may require work to develop incubator policy, which may
potentially delay graduation.


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Rave

Apache Rave is a new web and social mashup engine. It will provide an
out-of-the-box as well as an extendible lightweight Java platform to host,
serve and aggregate (Open)Social Gadgets and services through a highly
customizable and Web 2.0 friendly front-end.

Rave entered incubation on 2011-03-01.

Current Status:
  * The project has adopted a montly release cycle:
    - a first time 0.1-incubating release candidate was accepted by the IPMC
on July 8
    - a 0.2-incubating release candidate was canceled by the PPMC in August
because the required Incubating DISCLAIMER file was missing in some
artifacts
    - a 0.3-incubating release candidate was accepted by the IPMC on
September 16
  * Reach out to and further cooperation and coordination with Shindig is
growing
  * An integration of Wookie (Incubating) is targeted on short notice (this
or next release cycle)
  * Preliminary steps are made showing how to extend and customize Rave for
end users/developers
  * Jasha Joachimsthal has been elected as new committer in June
  * The commit rate has been steadily growing (more than doubled since the
last report)
  * Mailing list activity remains high
  * Rave has been added to ReviewBoard (reviews.apache.org) to provide
better support for community contributions and patches
  * Website documentation is steadily improved and extended
  * A presentation about Rave, focusing on Apache, community and
collaboration, was given by Matt Franklin and Ate Douma at TransferSummit
2011/UK (Oxford) September 8th

Next steps:
  * Continue to build up awareness of Rave and grow the community
  * Further collaboration and coordination with Shindig and Wookie
  * Further modularize Rave to support extending and customizing for end
users/developers
  * Keep up the pace for the monthly release schedule, working towards a
0.4-incubating release by end September 2011

Issues before graduation:
  * Complete 1.0 release
  * Expand the community/user base


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Sqoop

A tool for efficiently transferring bulk data between Apache Hadoop and
structured datastores such as relational databases.

Sqoop was accepted into Apache Incubator on June 11, 2011. Status
information is available at http://incubator.apache.org/projects/sqoop.html.

Progress since last report:
 * Development activity became stronger over the last month with twelve
issues resolved and nine new issues created in this period.
 * Sqoop PPMC voted in a new committer on the project - Bilung Lee.
 * Sqoop is seeing healthy input from the community with respect to filing
JIRA issues and providing patches.

Issues before graduation
 * Create Sqoop web site.
 * Make an incubating release.
 * Grow the community size and diversity.
 * Review all license headers (all contains Cloudera).
 * Change java package from com.cloudera.sqoop to org.apache.sqoop.


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Wave

Incubating since: Dec-2010

Description: Wave is a real-time communication and collaboration tool. Wave
in a Box (WIAB) is a server that hosts and federates waves, supports
extensive APIs, and provides a rich web client. This project also includes
an implementation of the Wave Federation protocol, to enable federated
collaboration systems (such as multiple interoperable Wave In a Box
instances).

Most important issues are:
* Migrate source code from code.google.com to SVN.
* Building up community.

Community:
The community shows stable levels of activity.

Project development:
 - The migration of the source code was delayed due to technical issues of
migrating Mercurial repository from Google Code to Apache SVN without
loosing history. After some discussion we decided to move the code to Apache
infra by 28-th September 2011 even if that would require a clean check in
without history.
 - About 26 commits with improvements and bug fixes.



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