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From Chema Balsas <jbal...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Flex to join the Apache Incubator
Date Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:27:07 GMT
+1

Cheers

2011/12/27 Felix Meschberger <fmeschbe@gmail.com>

> +1
> Regards
> Felix
> On 27.12.2011 10:51, "Bertrand Delacretaz" <bdelacretaz@apache.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi Incubator PMC members (*),
> >
> > I've just reviewed the "[PROPOSAL] Flex for Apache Incubator" thread
> > and I think all relevant issues have been adressed now.
> >
> > I have added Anne and Dave Fisher as mentors, pending their final
> > approval as Incubator PMC members. In the unlikely worst case that
> > this approval doesn't happen the project has two confirmed mentors to
> > start with anyway.
> >
> > Let's cast your votes to accept Flex as an incubating project,
> > proposal is at http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/FlexProposal, copied
> > below as well:
> >
> > [ ] +1 approve Flex as an incubating project.
> > [ ] -1 reject (explaining why)
> > [ ] +/- 0 don't care.
> >
> > This majority vote is open for 72 hours.
> >
> > Here's my +1.
> >
> > -Bertrand
> >
> > (*) although only votes from Incubator PMC members are binding,
> > anybody is welcome to cast a vote
> >
> > ** Flex proposal copy ***
> >
> > = Apache Flex Proposal =
> >
> > == Abstract ==
> >
> > Apache Flex is an application framework for easily building
> > Flash-based applications for mobile devices, the browser and desktop.
> >
> > == Proposal ==
> >
> > Apache Flex allows developers to target a variety of platforms,
> > initially Apple iOS, Google Android, RIM !BlackBerry, Microsoft
> > Windows, and Mac OS X with a single codebase. Flex provides a
> > compiler, skinnable user-interface components and managers to handle
> > styling, skinning, layout, localization, animation, module-loading and
> > user interaction management.
> >
> > == Background ==
> >
> > Apache Flex is the software evolution of the popular Adobe Flex SDK
> > project.
> > Adobe Flex SDK evolved from the need to provide developers with an
> > easy programming model for creating rich Internet applications that
> > can run in the browser, on the desktop or on mobile devices.
> >
> > Adobe Flex SDK has always focused on a single goal: to provide
> > application developers with all of the constructs needed to boost
> > their productivity while building large-scale, visually expressive
> > applications. This meant that Flex provided all the traditional UI
> > components in a way that designers and developers could interact with
> > them along with a dynamic scripting language, !ActionScript, and a
> > declarative markup language, MXML.
> >
> > Adobe will donate the Flex trademark to the Apache Software Foundation
> > as part of the incubation process. The source code, documentation and
> > related assets will all be contributed to the Apache Foundation as
> > Flex.
> >
> > == Rationale ==
> >
> > Content developers need to target multiple screens and the cost of
> > creating applications native to every target platform is high.
> > Additionally, the dominant window to the web is quickly becoming
> > devices, mostly phones, and delivering consistent experiences is key.
> > The Apache Flex project exists to bring the focus back to a consistent
> > development model, one where a single application can run the exact
> > same way across the web, desktop and mobile devices.
> >
> > == Initial Goals ==
> >
> >  * Donate all Adobe Flex SDK source code and documentation to the
> > Apache Software Foundation.
> >  * Setup and standardize the open governance of the Apache Flex project.
> >  * Rename all assets from Adobe Flex SDK to Apache Flex in project
> > source code, docs, tests and related infrastructure.
> >
> > == Current Status ==
> >
> > Flex is a mature software project. 1.0 was shipped in March of 2004
> > with 7 major releases having shipped since. The most recent release
> > was the 4.6 version which shipped on November 29th, 2011.
> >
> > This proposal is currently being
> > [[
> >
> http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-general/201112.mbox/%3CCB14DCA2.3885F%25aharui%40adobe.com%3E|discussed<http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-general/201112.mbox/%3CCB14DCA2.3885F%25aharui%40adobe.com%3E%7Cdiscussed>
> > ]]
> > on the incubator general mailing list, once that's done we'll ask the
> > Incubator PMC to vote to accept it.
> >
> > == Meritocracy ==
> >
> > The Adobe Flex source code is available to the community on the Adobe
> > opensource site:
> > http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexsdk/Flex+SDK.  Currently,
> > while the community has been invited to contribute patches to the
> > codebase, only Adobe employees decided on which patches to commit.
> > There were no external committers and this caused frustration in the
> > community.
> >
> > Going forward, both Adobe and our community are eager to become one
> > single merit-based community working together.  To that end, Adobe
> > employes only have a minority representation on the initial committers
> > list.  Adobe is working to educate our community with meetings and
> > blog posts on how the Apache model makes this possible for them.
> >
> > We have made it clear to our community that going forward, the
> > community, rather than Adobe, will determine the future of Flex.
> >
> > == Community ==
> >
> > The community surrounding Flex is vast, diverse, distributed globally,
> > and with all levels of proficiency in software development. The common
> > thread of application development binds all Flex developers together.
> >
> > It is estimated that there is between 350,000 and 500,000 Flex
> > developers worldwide. Precise numbers are impossible for us to know
> > due to the open nature of Flex. A blog post calling for initial
> > committers received over 60 responses in two days.   The !FlexCoders
> > mailing list, a general-purpose mailing list for anyone working with
> > Flex, has over 9000 members.  A quick look on the Adobe Forums or
> > Twitter’s #!AdobeFlex hashtag usually shows activity within minutes.
> > The community is engaged and active daily and incredibly excited by
> > Adobe’s move to contribute Adobe Flex SDK to Apache. The community is
> > responsive, inclusive and honestly emphatic when it comes to bettering
> > Flex for application development.
> >
> > == Alignment ==
> >
> > The only way the Apache Flex project can work is if it is an open,
> > transparent and collaborative effort. The project has now grown in
> > mind-share and community enough that we believe it is time we work
> > with a foundation to see the code mature in a fashion consistent with
> > our values.
> >
> > == Known Risks ==
> >
> > Moving from a corporate-led project to the Apache model of
> > collaboration is a challenge, and Adobe is committed to help making
> > the transition as smooth as possible, by delegating employees to work
> > on the new project. We would like to see more free collaboration from
> > the community but with the same principles that has kept Flex with the
> > high-quality design and ease-of-use it has maintained under Adobe’s
> > governing hand.
> >
> > == Documentation ==
> >
> > We will, over time, be moving all of the documentation, including
> > localized versions, from Adobe
> > (http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/documentation.html) to the Apache
> > Software Foundation.
> >
> > == Initial Source ==
> >
> > All code related to the Apache Flex project can be found on SVN here:
> > http://opensource.adobe.com/svn/opensource/flex/sdk/branches/4.y/
> >
> > == Source and IP Submission Plan ==
> >
> >  * All canonical source will be moved to Apache infrastructure under
> > the name Flex.
> >  * Documentation and specifications will be moved completely over to
> > the Apache systems.
> >  * The existing Flash Builder trademark will be used as a commercial
> > entity.
> >  * Existing Flex-related conferences, podcasts and websites should be
> > allowed to continue using “Flex” as part of their name, however such
> > use will have to conform to existing Apache trademark policies listed
> > at http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/ . Apache Flex will need to
> > create guidelines and provide guidance for that.
> >
> > == External Dependencies ==
> >
> > Some parts of Flex development rely on third-party libraries.  The
> > complete list is still being determined but some are:
> >  * Adobe AIR SDK
> >  * Adobe Flash Player SDK
> >  * Adobe Text Layout Framework (TLF)
> >  * Adobe Open Source Media Framework (OSMF)
> >  * Adobe Font Engine (AFE)
> >
> > Licensing of these dependencies will have to be checked, and possibly
> > adapted, to allow their use in Apache Flex.
> >
> > == Required Resources ==
> >
> > Mailing Lists
> >  * flex-dev
> >  * flex-commits
> >  * flex-private
> >
> > Subversion Directory
> >  * http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/flex
> >
> > Issue Tracking:
> >  * FLEX project in JIRA.
> >
> > Wiki will be requested as needed.
> >
> > == Initial Committers ==
> >
> >  * Alex Harui (aharui at adobe dot com)
> >  * Carol Frampton (cframpto at adobe dot com)
> >  * Adam Flater (adamflater at gmail dot com)
> >  * Anatole Tartakovsky (atartakovsky at faratasystems dot com)
> >  * Ben Kolin (bkolin at vmware dot com)
> >  * Chuck Mastrandrea (chuck.mastrandrea at sas dot com)
> >  * Douglas Arthur (darthur at vmware dot com)
> >  * Espen Skogen (espen.skogen at jpmorgan dot com)
> >  * Gabor Csomak (csomakk at gmail dot com)
> >  * Garth Braithwaite (garthdb at adobe dot com)
> >  * Greg Owen (Greg.Owen at effectiveui dot com)
> >  * Igor Costa (igorcosta at gmail dot com)
> >  * Iwo Banas (banas.iwo at gmail dot com)
> >  * Jeff Boothe (jeff.boothe. at reurgency dot com)
> >  * Jeff Tapper (jeff at spoon.as)
> >  * Jeffry Houser (jeffry at dot-com-it dot com)
> >  * Jeremy Tellier (jtellier at Actieve dot com)
> >  * Jon Rose (jon.rose at gorillajawn dot com)
> >  * Jonathon Campos (jonbcampos at gmail dot com)
> >  * Jun Heider (jun at realeyes dot com)
> >  * Kevin Korngut (kevin at spoon.as)
> >  * Leif Wells (leif.wells at gmail dot com)
> >  * Michael Jordan (mijordan at adobe dot com)
> >  * Michael Labriola (labriola at digitalprimates dot net)
> >  * Michael Schmalle (mike at teotigraphix dot com)
> >  * Michelle Yaiser (myaiser at adobe dot com)
> >  * Nicholas Kwaitkowski (nicholas at spoon.as)
> >  * Omar Gonzalez (omarg.developer at gmail dot com)
> >  * Peter Elst (peter.elst at gmail dot com)
> >  * Pratyoosh Sharma (pratyoosh.sharma at jpmorgan dot com)
> >  * Rui Silva (rui.silva at alert-online dot com)
> >  * Ryan Frishberg (Ryan.Frishberg at ubs dot com)
> >  * Scott Delamater (sdelamater at shutterfly dot com)
> >  * Sebastian Mohr (masuland at gmail dot com)
> >  * Stephen Downs (stephen.downs at tink dot ws)
> >  * Stephen Gilson (smgilson at adobe dot com)
> >
> > == Sponsors ==
> >
> > Champion
> >  * Bertrand Delacretaz
> >
> > Nominated Mentors
> >  * Bertrand Delacretaz (bdelacretaz at a.o)
> >  * Greg Reddin (greddin at a.o)
> >  * Anne Kathrine Petteroe (akpetteroe at a.o - pending final Incubator
> > PMC membership approval)
> >  * Dave Fisher (wave at a.o - pending final Incubator PMC membership
> > approval)
> >
> > == Sponsoring Entity ==
> >  * Apache Incubator
> >
> > *** Flex proposal copy ends ***
> >
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>



-- 
Chema

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