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From "John D. Ament" <john.d.am...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept jclouds into the Apache Incubator
Date Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:42:41 GMT
+1 (non-binding)


On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM, Rebecca Wood <silkysun@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I am calling a VOTE for acceptance of jclouds into the Apache Incubator.
>
> The vote will close on Monday, April 29, 2013.
>
> [ ] +1 Accept jclouds into the Apache Incubator.
> [ ] +0 Don't care.
> [ ] -1 Don't accept jclouds into the Incubator because...
>
> The full proposal is pasted below, and the corresponding wiki is
> http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/jcloudsProposal.
>
> Only VOTEs from Incubator PMC members are binding, but all are welcome to
> express their thoughts.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Becca Wood
>
> ----------
>
> = jclouds Proposal for Apache Incubator =
>
> == Abstract ==
>
> [[http://www.jclouds.org/|jclouds]] is an open source cloud agnostic
> library that enables developers to access a variety of supported cloud
> providers using one API.
>
> == Proposal ==
>
> [[http://www.jclouds.org/|jclouds]] provides two portable API
> abstractions for cloud computing and cloud storage in the form of Java or
> Clojure libraries. By abstracting away vendor-specific details, jclouds
> supplies a solution for users to avoid lock-in to a specific cloud vendor.
> It also provisions hooks to make it easy to take advantage of specific
> features from those vendors.
>
> == Background ==
>
> jclouds began in March of 2009 while Adrian Cole was working on the Amazon
> S3 plugin for Infinispan. He discovered that existing S3 libraries would
> not pass the concurrent test suite needed for write behind persistence.
> When it became clear that a new library was needed, jclouds formed as an
> independent project founded by Cole under the mentorship of Manik Surtani.
>
> The fledgling jclouds team soon encountered two portability issues:
> runtime portability with Google App Engine and compatibility with the
> similar cloud files service from Rackspace.
>
> The legacy of Google App Engine is still present within jclouds and is
> expressed by the 'driver' design which doesn't require threads. Supporting
> Rackspace started a legacy of cloud portability which would soon extend to
> provisioning. As jclouds supports newer and cutting edge cloud
> technologies, it is in a constant state of evolution.
>
> jclouds was founded in Shoreditch, London.  The ensuing 4 months
> backpacking between European Java User Groups accounts for the initial
> population of European developers and users within the community. The
> initial contributors to jclouds included Adrian Cole, James Murty, Andrew
> Newdigate, and Andrew Phillips. Manik Surtani served as a mentor, and there
> were a number of other advisers as well.
>
> == Rationale ==
>
> There are many providers that offer IaaS clouds, but few APIs that can
> bridge the gap between cloud providers. jclouds supplies an abstraction
> layer for both compute and storage resources that makes it easy to work
> with many different cloud APIs using a simple and singular API. jclouds
> provides this abstraction layer for the Java and Clojure communities. It is
> a unique niche within the cloud community.
>
> jclouds provides the write once, run anywhere concept when utilizing
> infrastructure cloud resources.
>
> == Initial Goals ==
>
>  * Build a more centralized community pulling together jclouds developers,
> jclouds integrators, and service providers who use jclouds.
>  * Although jclouds has a fairly collaborative community, the committers
> wish to further bridge the gap between developers and community by
> encouraging more community involvement in development processes.
>  * Break down from a monolithic release process into one that is more
> decentrilized.
>  * Bring the jclouds core code base consisting of ComputeService and
> Blobstore into Apache.
>  * jclouds will not move all existing provider code into Apache. The goal
> is to move the provider code for those clouds that have complete
> portability and are tried, tested, and true. This includes code for
> OpenStack, Amazon EC2, and Google Cloud.
>
> == Current Status ==
>
> === Meritocracy ===
>
> jclouds has an active community of contributors who are encouraged to
> become full-fledged jclouds committers. A jclouds committer understands the
> importance of seeking community feedback, actively listening to
> suggestions, and fostering relationships with community members who make
> contributions. The entirety of jclouds is built upon the relationships that
> have been built with community members. This camaraderie will continue to
> be promoted as jclouds is introduced into the Incubator and beyond.
>
> jclouds encourages involvement from its community members, and the issues
> are open and available to any developers who wish to contribute to the
> project. The jclouds team currently seeks help and asks for suggestions
> utilizing the jclouds and jclouds-dev Google groups and IRC on
> irc.freenode.net#jclouds. Any and all submissions for changes are
> reviewed and taken into consideration.
>
> === Community ===
>
> jclouds has a highly active and growing community of users and developers.
> The community is currently fostered at
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/jclouds-dev and
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/jclouds. The jclouds team also
> encourages community members to engage in discussions on irc in #jclouds.
>
> There have been over 100 individuals who have contributed code to jclouds
> throughout the years, and this number has continued to increase at a rate
> of 1 or 2 per month. It is accepted and anticipated that the amount of
> developer participation within the community will increase under the
> guidance of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).
>
> === Core Developers ===
>
> The core contributors are a diverse group comprised of both unaffiliated
> developers and those hailing from small to large companies. They are
> scattered geographically, and some are highly experienced industry as well
> as open source developers. Though their backgrounds may be diverse, the
> contributors are united in their belief in community driven software
> development.
>
> More detailed information on the core developers and contributors in
> general can be found under the section on homogeneous developers.
>
> === Alignment ===
>
> jclouds adoption is growing, and it is no longer feasible for it to remain
> as an isolated project. Apache is experienced in dealing with software that
> is very widely accepted and has a growing audience. The proposers believe
> that the jclouds team can benefit from the ASF's experience and its broad
> array of users and developers.
>
> jclouds supports several Apache projects and options exist for integration
> with others. Apache ACE, Apache Karaf Cellar, Apache Camel, and Apache
> Whirr all utilize jclouds APIs.  Apache Karaf integration with jclouds
> provides managed service factories and command line support for creating
> and administering blobstore and compute as OSGi services. Apache Maven may
> be used with jclouds to build new projects.
>
> == Known Risks ==
>
> === Orphaned products ===
>
> jclouds is already being utilized at multiple companies that are actively
> participating in improving the code.  The thriving community centered
> around jclouds has seen steady growth, and the project is gaining traction
> with developers. The risks of the code being abandoned are minimal.
>
> === Inexperience with Open Source ===
>
> jclouds began as an open source project in March of 2009 and has remained
> so for 4 years. Additionally, many of the committers have extensive
> experience with other open source projects. jclouds fosters a collaborative
> and community-driven environment.
>
> In the interest of openly sharing technology and attracting more community
> members, several of our developers also regularly attend conferences in
> North America and Europe to give talks about jclouds. jclouds meetups are
> also planned every few months for developers and community members to come
> together in person and discuss ideas.
>
> === Homogeneous Developers ===
>
> Thanks in part to founder Adrian Cole's love of travel, jclouds has
> attracted committers across North America, Europe, and Asia. The
> committers' technical and professional backgrounds are diverse as well,
> with the range of experience being several months to 18+ years. The
> committers are employed at both smaller companies, such as Andrew Gaul from
> the startup Maginatics, and larger corporations, as is the case with Matt
> Stephenson from Google. Though there are currently a handful of
> contributors from the same companies, none of the initial committers are
> from the same company. jclouds committer Andrew Bayer is also a PMC member
> and committer on the Apache projects Bigtop, Flume, Sqoop, and Whirr.
>
> The jclouds developers thrive upon the diversity of the community. The
> jclouds IRC channel is always active, and the developers often collaborate
> on fixes and changes in the code. They are always happy to answer users'
> questions as well.
>
> jclouds is interested in continuing to expand and strengthen its network
> of developers and community members through the ASF.
>
> === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
>
> None of the developers are directly funded by jclouds. Though some of the
> developers are paid by their employer to contribute to jclouds, many
> jclouds developers contribute code and documentation on their own time and
> have done so for a lengthy period. Given the current stream of development
> requests and the committers' sense of ownership of the jclouds code, this
> arrangement is expected to continue with jclouds' induction into the ASF.
>
> === Relationships with Other Apache Products ===
>
> jclouds and Apache Libcloud address similiar use cases. However, jclouds
> supplies these services for the Java and Clojure communities whereas
> Libcloud provides them for the Python ecosystem.
>
> While jclouds does not directly rely upon any Apache project, it does
> support several Apache projects and has options to collaborate with several
> others. More specifically, jclouds currently supports Apache Whirr, Apache
> ACE, Apache Karaf, and Apache Camel, and options exist to use Apache Maven
> as a build tool with the jclouds API.
>
> jclouds includes support for the Apache CloudStack API and is used as a
> compatibility test tool for its EC2 interface. jclouds can also be used to
> test Apache Deltacloud EC2 portability.
>
> === An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ===
>
> jclouds recognizes the fortitude of the Apache brand, but the motivation
> for becoming an Apache project is to strengthen and expand the jclouds
> community and its user base. While the jclouds community has seen steady
> growth over the past several years, association with the ASF is expected to
> expedite this pattern of growth. Development is expected to continue on
> jclouds under the Apache license whether or not it is supported by the ASF.
>
> == Documentation ==
>
> The [[http://www.jclouds.org/|jclouds]] project documentation is publicly
> available at the following sites:
>
>   * http://jclouds.org: installation guide, user guides, development
> resources, news, resources to get started
>   * https://github.com/jclouds/jclouds: current source, source code
> issues log
>   * https://github.com/jclouds/jclouds.github.com: static content for
> jclouds.org, documentation issues log
>   * https://twitter.com/jclouds: jclouds on Twitter
>   * https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/jclouds-dev: the
> jclouds development forum on Google Groups
>   * https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/jclouds: the
> jclouds community forum on Google Groups
>
> == Initial Source ==
>
> The initial source is located on GitHub in the following repositories:
>
>  * git://github.com/jclouds/jclouds.git
>  * git://github.com/jclouds/jclouds-labs.git
>  * git://github.com/jclouds/jclouds.github.com.git
>  * git://github.com/jclouds/jclouds-chef.git
>  * git://github.com/jclouds/jclouds-cli.git
>  * git://github.com/jclouds/jclouds-karaf.git
>  * git://github.com/jclouds/jclouds-examples.git
>
> == Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan ==
>
> jclouds's initial source is licensed under the Apache License, Version
> 2.0. https://github.com/jclouds/jclouds/blob/master/resources/LICENSE.txt
>
> == External Dependencies ==
>
> This is a listing of Maven coordinates for all of the external
> dependencies jclouds uses. All of the dependencies are in Sonatype and
> their licenses should be accessible.
>
>  * aopalliance:aopalliance:jar:1.0:compile
>  * com.google.code.gson:gson:jar:2.2.2:compile
>  * com.google.guava:guava:jar:14.0.1:compile
>  * com.google.inject.extensions:guice-assistedinject:jar:3.0:compile
>  * com.google.inject:guice:jar:3.0:compile
>  * javax.annotation:jsr250-api:jar:1.0:compile
>  * javax.inject:javax.inject:jar:1:compile
>  * javax.ws.rs:jsr311-api:jar:1.1.1:compile
>  * org.99soft.guice:rocoto:jar:6.2:compile
>
> == Cryptography ==
>
> jclouds contains no cryptographic algorithms, but it does provide the
> ability for people to plug in various cryptographic libraries.
>
> == Required Resources ==
>
> === Mailing lists ===
>
>  * jclouds-dev: for development discussions
>  * jclouds-user: for community discussions
>  * jclouds-private: for PPMC discussions
>  * jclouds-commits: for code changes
>
> === Apache git repository ===
>
> The jclouds team is experienced in git and requests the following
> allocation on the Apache git server:
>
> git://git.apache.org/incubator-jclouds.git
>
> === Issue Tracking ===
>
> jclouds currently uses GitHub for issue tracking. The intent is to request
> an allocation for Jira upon acceptance into the Incubator. Proposed project
> name: jclouds
>
> == Initial Committers ==
>
>  * Ignasi Barrera, ignasi dot barrera at gmail dot com
>  * Andrew Bayer, abayer at apache dot org
>  * Ioannis Canellos, iocanel at gmail dot com
>  * Adrian Cole, adrianc at netflix dot com
>  * Andrew Gaul, gaul at maginatics dot com
>  * Andrew Phillips, aphillips at qrmedia dot com
>  * Matt Stephenson, mattstep at mattstep dot net
>  * Everett Toews, everett dot toews at rackspace dot com
>  * Becca Wood, silkysun at silkysun dot net
>
> == Affiliations ==
>
>  * Ignasi Barrera, Abiquo
>  * Andrew Bayer, Cloudera
>  * Ioannis Canellos, Red Hat
>  * Adrian Cole, Netflix
>  * Andrew Gaul, Maginatics
>  * Matt Stephenson, Google
>  * Everett Toews, Rackspace
>
> == Sponsors ==
> === Champion ===
>
>  * Brian McCallister, Apache Software Foundation
>
> === Mentors ===
>
>  * Brian McCallister, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Tom White, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Henning Schmiedehausen, Apache Software Foundation
>  * David Nalley, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Mohammad Nour El-Din, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Olivier Lamy, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Tomaz Muraus, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Suresh Marru, Apache Software Foundation
>  * Carlos Sanchez, Apache Software Foundation
>
> === Sponsoring Entity ===
>
> The jclouds contributors and community request sponsorship from the
> Incubator.
>
>

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