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From Gianmarco De Francisci Morales <g...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Draft Report February 2015 - please review
Date Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:44:09 GMT
Hi,

I can reply about SAMOA.
We want to create bylaws because the default voting process for code
changes in Apache is too strict for us (3 +1 binding votes).
Being a small community, we felt that we needed a lower bar to move faster.
My understanding is that we need bylaws to specify that, but maybe I missed
something and I'm happy to be corrected.

Cheers,

--
Gianmarco

On 10 February 2015 at 00:35, Marvin Humphrey <marvin@rectangular.com>
wrote:

> Hello, Incubator community,
>
> As discussed in a recent thread on Mentoring, the draft report email
> provides
> an opportunity for cross-cutting feedback.  So here goes!
>
> The top-level report was not yet complete when the draft was sent out (and
> what sections were there I wrote), so I have nothing to say about that.
> But I
> have some comments in response to the podling reports for Droids, HTrace,
> Ripple, SAMOA, and Sirona which I hope will prove constructive.
>
> > --------------------
> > Droids
> >
> > Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows
> to
> > create and extend existing droids (robots).
> >
> > Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.
> >
> > Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
> >
> >   1. Activity
> >   2. Name Search
> >
> > Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> > aware of?
> >
> >   None.
> >
> >   We need to continue the name search. Branding has replied to the issue
> and
> >   provided additional searches that need to performed. It is hoped that
> >   these can be finished in the new couple weeks.
> >
> > How has the community developed since the last report?
> >
> >   No change.
> >
> > How has the project developed since the last report?
> >
> >   No change.
> >
> > Date of last release:
> >
> >   2012-10-15
> >
> > When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
> >
> >   2012-05-07
> >
> >
> > Signed-off-by:
> >
> >   [ ](droids) Thorsten Scherler
> >   [x](droids) Richard Frovarp
> >
> > Shepherd/Mentor notes:
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
> It's my understanding that Droids is basically a mature product with no
> pressing need for further development, not unlike some dormant Apache TLPs
> who
> neverthess still have PMC members hanging around able to make releases and
> respond to user inquiries.
>
> I think the greater IPMC ought to stay aware, though, that Droids has very,
> very low activity: 3 dev list emails in the last quarter (39 in the
> last year), no user list, and no commits since April 2013.  The only thing
> between Droids and retirement is our deference to Richard and Thorsten.
> They
> form the potential core of a community, but it has yet to develop in 6
> years
> of incubation.
>
> > --------------------
> > HTrace
> >
> > HTrace is a tracing framework intended for use with distributed systems
> > written in java.
> >
> > HTrace has been incubating since 2014-11.
> >
> > Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
> >
> >   1. Continue to grow the HTrace community
> >   2. Continue to develop and release stable HTrace incubating artifacts
> >   3. Continue to explore the integration of the HTrace framework into
> other
> >      Apache products
> >
> > Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> > aware of?
> >
> >   Around January 20th HTrace successfully made the first release whilst
> in
> >   the Apache Incubator.  This was the outcomes of no-less than 10 release
> >   candidates and as many VOTE's.  In all every release candidate was very
> >   well managed with HTrace community providing excellent feedback to the
> >   release manager. Rather than then entire 10 release candidate exercise
> >   being a pain point for the community, it appears to have strengthened
> all
> >   involved. Well done HTrace.
> >
> > How has the community developed since the last report?
> >
> >   It is early incubating days for HTrace. The community has attracted in
> >   particular a new member who is doing a sterling job on a new UI for
> >   HTrace. Additionally it should be noted that the entire
> >   htrace-3.1.0-incubating release effort has certainly brought the
> existing
> >   community on leaps and bounds.
> >
> > How has the project developed since the last report?
> >
> >   The project has progressed significantly. In fact, it was highlighted
> on
> >   at least one occasion that documentation supporting a release candidate
> >   should be further clarified/improved due to the dynamic progressive
> nature
> >   of the HTrace codebase. As an early incubating project this is
> accepted as
> >   a positive move.
> >
> > Date of last release:
> >
> >   2015-20-01
> >
> > When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
> >
> >   ???
> >
> > Signed-off-by:
> >
> >   [X](htrace) Jake Farrell
> >   [ ](htrace) Todd Lipcon
> >   [X](htrace) Lewis John Mcgibbney
> >   [ ](htrace) Andrew Purtell
> >   [X](htrace) Billie Rinaldi
> >   [X](htrace) Michael Stack
>
> 10 release candidates is a lot.  Were the difficulties primarily the
> result of
> the community needing to develop and document its own release routines?  It
> sounds like that was the case, which would be reasonable.  But if, say,
> determining compliance with Apache policy a major problem, I think it would
> benefit the IPMC to know that.
>
> > --------------------
> > Ripple
> >
> > Ripple is a browser based mobile phone emulator designed to aid in the
> > development of HTML5 based mobile applications.  Ripple is a cross
> platform
> > and cross runtime testing/debugging tool. It currently supports such
> > runtimes as Cordova, WebWorks aand the Mobile Web.
> >
> > Ripple has been incubating since 2012-10-16.
> >
> > Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
> >
> >   1. Ripple releases
> >
> > Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> > aware of?
> >
> >   The community is working on making a release of the Ripple project.
> >
> > How has the community developed since the last report?
> >
> >   Community working on making a release
> >
> > How has the project developed since the last report?
> >
> >   Minor user contributions
> >
> > Date of last release:
> >
> >   No releases have been made. Community working on
> >
> > When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
> >
> >   June 2014
> >
> > Signed-off-by:
> >
> >   [ ](ripple) Jukka Zitting
> >   [X](ripple) Christian Grobmeier
> >   [ ](ripple) Andrew Savory
> >
> > Shepherd/Mentor notes:
> >
> >   Christian Grobmeier (grobmeier):
> >
> >     Ross Gardler stepped up as a mentor. There are new active people on
> the
> >     project which makes it likely to expand the committer team soon.
>
> Not that we want to get hung up on process, but it sounds like we should
> add
> Ross to the list of Ripple Mentors in podlings.xml.  Would that be
> appropriate?  And are Jukka and Andrew still active?
>
> > --------------------
> > SAMOA
> >
> > SAMOA provides a collection of distributed streaming algorithms for the
> most
> > common data mining and machine learning tasks such as classification,
> > clustering, and regression, as well as programming abstractions to
> develop
> > new algorithms that run on top of distributed stream processing engines
> > (DSPEs).  It features a pluggable architecture that allows it to run on
> > several DSPEs such as Apache Storm, Apache S4, and Apache Samza.
> >
> > SAMOA has been incubating since 2014-12-15.
> >
> > Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
> >
> >   1. Create bylaws for the project
> >   2. Migrate documentation from the old website
> >   3. Start committing patches
> >
> > Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> > aware of?
> >
> >   None
> >
> > How has the community developed since the last report?
> >
> >   We have started using the official Apache channels to discuss about
> SAMOA.
> >   A couple of new people have showed up on the mailing lists.  We have
> one
> >   new contributor submitting patches.
> >
> >   Mailing list activity (since January 2015):
> >
> >   * @dev      101 messages
> >
> >   Jira issues backlog (since January 2015):
> >
> >   * Created:  13
> >   * Resolved: 2
> >
> > How has the project developed since the last report?
> >
> >   The project setup is going on nicely.  We got the SGA from Yahoo and
> >   migrated the code to the Apache git repository, enabled GitHub
> integration
> >   (https://github.com/apache/incubator-samoa), migrated the website to
> the
> >   Apache infrastructure and added the Incubator branding
> >   (http://samoa.incubator.apache.org), enabled testing via Travis CI.
> >
> > Date of last release:
> >
> >   None
> >
> > When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
> >
> >   None
> >
> > Signed-off-by:
> >
> >   [ ](samoa) Alan Gates
> >   [ ](samoa) Ashutosh Chauhan
> >   [ ](samoa) Enis Soztutar
> >   [X](samoa) Ted Dunning
> >
> > Shepherd/Mentor notes:
> >
> >   Justin Mclean (jmclean):
> >
> >     Just starting, mentors active.
>
> I'm a little surprised to see creation of bylaws listed as the top priority
> for a brand new podling.  Bylaws limit flexibility; I would have thought it
> better to wait until near graduation to perform such a task (if at all).
> Have other podlings done this?  Is there something unusual about SAMOA?
>
> > --------------------
> > Sirona
> >
> > Monitoring Solution.
> >
> > Sirona has been incubating since 2013-10-15.
> >
> > Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
> >
> >   1.
> >   2.
> >   3.
> >
> > Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> > aware of?
> >
> >   None
> >
> > How has the community developed since the last report?
> >
> >
> >
> > How has the project developed since the last report?
> >
> >   Some refactoring of the UI.  A contributor made some development to
> have
> >   some features still working with java 1.5
> >
> > Date of last release:
> >
> >   2014-06-26
> >
> > When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
> >
> >
> >
> > Signed-off-by:
> >
> >   [x](sirona) Olivier Lamy
> >   [ ](sirona) Henri Gomez
> >   [ ](sirona) Jean-Baptiste Onofre
> >   [ ](sirona) Tammo van Lessen
> >   [ ](sirona) Mark Struberg
> >
> > Shepherd/Mentor notes:
> >
> >   Matthew B. Franklin (mfranklin):
> >
> >     Lot's of code is being committed to the project, but mostly by a
> couple of
> >     developers.  There also does not appear to be much discussion on the
> list
> >     in last period, likely  due to the low number of developers.
> >
> >     I recommend the podling focus on increasing the size and
> participation of
> >     the community as one of the issues to address prior to graduation.
>
> This report seems incomplete.  A Mentor has signed off so in deference to
> him
> I think it should be sent along to the Board, but that Sirona should be
> asked
> to report again next month and an explanatory note should be added.
>
> Marvin Humphrey
>
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