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From Daniel Gruno <humbed...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Apache Guacamole Incubator Proposal
Date Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:11:55 GMT
Hi Mike,
Sounds interesting! I'm always happy to see more UI stuff make it to
Apache (I'll save my many jokes about Java till later :p).

Just so the "several ASF veterans [...] are listed in this proposal" can
be true, you can put me down as a mentor if need be.

With regards,
Daniel.

On 01/25/2016 08:03 AM, Michael Jumper wrote:
> 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:
> 
> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/GuacamoleProposal
> 
> We look forward to your feedback and input.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> - 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:
> 
>  * https://github.com/glyptodon/guacamole-server
>  * https://github.com/glyptodon/guacamole-client
> 
> == 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 ===
> 
>  * private@guacamole.incubator.apache.org (moderated subscriptions)
>  * commits@guacamole.incubator.apache.org
>  * dev@guacamole.incubator.apache.org
>  * issues@guacamole.incubator.apache.org
> 
> === Git Repository ===
> 
>  * https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator-guacamole.git
> 
> === Issue Tracking ===
> 
>  * JIRA Project Guacamole (GUAC)
> 
> === Other Resources ===
> 
>  * Means of setting up regular builds for Guacamole on builds.apache.org
> 
> == Initial Committers ==
> 
>  * Mike Jumper
>  * James Muehlner
> 
> == Additional Interested Contributors ==
> 
> == Affiliations ==
> 
>  * Glyptodon : Mike Jumper, James Muehlner
> 
> == Mentors ==
> 
>  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré (jbonofre@apache.org) - Apache Member
> 
> == Sponsoring Entity ==
> 
> We would like to propose Apache incubator to sponsor this project.
> 
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