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From Niclas Hedhman <nic...@hedhman.org>
Subject Re: On Etch status
Date Wed, 11 Jan 2012 04:30:36 GMT
+1 to graduate. This is a project in a fierce space as Martijn noted,
and I think "incubating" is hampering its attractiveness. It will
become a swim or sink challenge as TLP, but doubt the forecast is any
better of staying here.

On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 7:39 PM, ant elder <ant.elder@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 8:39 AM, Martijn Dashorst
> <martijn.dashorst@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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. It
>> currently supports C, C# and Java. Support for Go, JavaScript and
>> Python is deemed alpha status.
>>
>> Etch has 4 mentors listed: Yonik, Doug, Niclas and myself. Currently
>> it seems I am the only mentor active.
>>
>> The facts:
>>
>>  - We have roughly 4 active contributors: 3 committers and 1 person
>> responding to messages on the dev/user lists.
>>  - We know how to add committers: the 3 currently active committers
>> were all not part of the team when incubation started. One of them was
>> voted in in the last half year.
>>  - The community is diverse, or as diverse you can get in a 4 person group.
>>  - We know how to cut releases.
>>  - Reporting has been on schedule.
>>
>> The podling is IMO ready to graduate, but lacks a sustainable
>> community (as noted elsewhere). The podling started out as a project
>> of Cisco, and had an active group of committers, but when the economy
>> happened, the team was disbanded and effectively left the podling
>> stranded.
>>
>> When I think of the reasons why people are reluctant to join Etch, I think that:
>>  - being in incubation hinders adoption of the code base
>>  - its use is not advertised well (e.g. BMW uses it in their Minis)
>>  - competition in the networking library space is fierce (though not
>> too many libs exist)
>>
>> The project can address 2, 3 is something external and the IPMC can address 1.
>>
>> Now the big question: is Etch a candidate for graduating to TLP?
>>
>> I think it is, given the facts. It will be a TLP with issues of
>> activity, but so far user questions, development questions are
>> answered and releases are cut. The website has been updated recently,
>> so I don't see an immediate danger of the project going south. I think
>> that graduation of the podling will be a good thing and might give the
>> project a bit of renewed energy.
>>
>> So... What to do?
>>
>
> Looking at commits in the last three months shows only two active
> committers [1] extending that to six months shows three committers and
> looking in the mail archives i see that extra committer has emailed
> the dev list last month so is still around. So i think it could be
> argued that there are three active committers and assuming they're
> independent of each other then technically that meets that aspect of
> the minimum graduation requirements.
>
> Seems like a borderline case but there are other existing TLPs with
> few active committers. I did a bit of digging about in the project and
> i guess my gut feel would be if the mentors are recommending
> graduation is the best thing for them now and are going to be helping
> out by being on the PMC then i'd vote +1 for graduation too.
>
>   ..ant
>
> [1] http://svnsearch.org/svnsearch/repos/ASF/search?from=20111001&path=%2Fincubator%2Fetch
>
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