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From Michael Jumper <>
Subject [DISCUSS] Apache Guacamole Incubator Proposal
Date Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:03:31 GMT
Hello All,

Attached to this message is a proposed new project - Apache Guacamole,
an enterprise-grade, protocol-agnostic, remote desktop gateway. Combined
with cloud hosting, Guacamole provides an excellent alternative to
traditional desktops. Guacamole aims to make cloud-hosted desktop access
preferable to traditional, local access.

The text of the proposal is included below. Additionally, the proposal
is in draft form on the wiki where we will make any required changes:

We look forward to your feedback and input.


- Mike

= GuacamoleProposal =

== Abstract ==

Guacamole is an enterprise-grade, protocol-agnostic, remote desktop
gateway. Combined with cloud hosting, Guacamole provides an excellent
alternative to traditional desktops. Guacamole aims to make cloud-hosted
desktop access preferable to traditional, local access.

== Background ==

Guacamole began in 2010 as a personal project - a means for Mike Jumper
to access to his own computer from work. Mike’s job at that time had a
firewall which blocked outbound access to everything except HTTP and
HTTPS, and directly circumventing the firewall (by changing the SSH
server port, for example) was a fireable offense. Mike needed a solution
which provided remote access and yet was a true web application. He
found several projects providing text-based terminal access, but decided
that he wanted to make something new and different.

The project began as a simple VNC client but grew rapidly in capability
and performance until it became an enterprise-grade, protocol-agnostic,
remote desktop gateway supporting both VNC and RDP. Support for SSH was
added later, followed by audio, file transfer, etc. By this point,
Guacamole was fast and stable enough to be used daily and in place of a
traditional desktop.

Having used and developed Guacamole to its current state, and having
observed the general shift of the industry toward cloud computing and
related technologies, we now see Guacamole as the primary and only
viable open source solution for a future of cloud-hosted desktops.

Guacamole's purpose is twofold:

 * To provide seamless and performant access to desktops over the web.
 * To provide an API which allows others, including commercial entities,
to integrate Guacamole's core into their own applications.

We believe that the lifestyle enabled by Guacamole should be preferable
to traditional, physically-anchored desktops, that the software enabling
this should be 100% free in every sense of the word, and that users
should not be limited by their current location, by the software
installed on whatever computer they are using at the moment, nor by how
powerful/weak the hardware of that computer happens to be.

Guacamole is stable and production-ready. It is in active production use
by several companies, including ESI, Glyptodon, HP, Nanocloud Software,
as well as individuals.

== Rationale ==

Due to the utility and popularity of cloud platforms, a logical
extension to traditional application hosting is to host complete
desktops. The Guacamole project is aimed at achieving this, and we
believe that the best way to fulfill the true potential of this project
is to bring its development within Apache and, by so doing, foster a
larger community and higher visibility. The resulting continuous
improvements to its design and implementation will make Guacamole the
best tool for the job for a wide variety of use cases.

== Initial Goals ==

Our initial goals are to bring Guacamole into the ASF, transition
internal engineering processes into the open, and foster a collaborative
development model according to the "Apache Way."

== Current Status ==

Guacamole is production-ready and already provides a large set of
features. It is currently licensed under the MIT license, but will be
relicensed under the Apache license if accepted for incubation.

The source repositories are:


== Meritocracy ==

We intend to radically expand the initial developer and user community
by running the project in accordance with the "Apache Way". Users and
new contributors will be treated with respect and welcomed. By
participating in the community and providing quality patches/support
that move the project forward, they will earn merit. The community will
also be encouraged to provide non-code contributions (documentation,
events, community management, etc.) and will gain merit for doing so.
Those with a proven support and quality track record will be encouraged
to become committers.

== Community ==

If Guacamole is accepted for incubation, its primary initial goal will
be to build a large community of users and developers. We trust that
Guacamole will become a key project for cloud platforms, and thus expect
its community to grow as word of the project continues to spread.

== Known Risks ==

Development has been sponsored mostly by one company. For the project to
fully transition to the Apache Way governance model, development must
shift towards the meritocracy-centric model of growing a balanced
community of contributors.

== Orphaned products ==

Glyptodon, Nanocloud Software, and other companies are fully committed
to Guacamole and have a vested interest in making Guacamole succeed by
driving its close integration with sister ASF projects. Commercial
reliance on Guacamole by third-party companies, as well as widespread
public interest in cloud-based access as a whole, reduces the risk of
the product being orphaned.

== Inexperience with Open Source ==

Glyptodon has been developing and using open source software since its
inception in 2013. Additionally, several ASF veterans agreed to mentor
the project and are listed in this proposal. The Guacamole project will
rely on their guidance and collective wisdom to quickly transition the
entire team of initial committers towards practicing the Apache Way.

== Reliance on Salaried Developers ==

Most of the contributors are paid to work in cloud space. While they
might wander from their current employers, they are unlikely to venture
far from their core expertises and thus will continue to be engaged with
the project regardless of their current employers.

== An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==

Our primary interest in bringing Guacamole to Apache is to foster growth
within the project and its community of developers and users. We have no
plans to make use of the Apache brand in press releases, nor to
advertise acceptance of Guacamole into Apache Incubator.

== Required Resources ==

=== Mailing Lists ===

 * (moderated subscriptions)

=== Git Repository ===


=== Issue Tracking ===

 * JIRA Project Guacamole (GUAC)

=== Other Resources ===

 * Means of setting up regular builds for Guacamole on

== Initial Committers ==

 * Mike Jumper
 * James Muehlner

== Additional Interested Contributors ==

== Affiliations ==

 * Glyptodon : Mike Jumper, James Muehlner

== Mentors ==

 * Jean-Baptiste Onofré ( - Apache Member

== Sponsoring Entity ==

We would like to propose Apache incubator to sponsor this project.

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