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From Jean-Baptiste Onofré ...@nanthrax.net>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Apache Guacamole Incubator Proposal
Date Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:02:24 GMT
Hi Jim,

We are looking for additional mentors, so don't hesitate to add you on 
the proposal.

Thanks !
Regards
JB

On 01/25/2016 02:54 PM, Jim Jagielski wrote:
> This sounds like a neat project to round out the ASF.
>
> +1. Let me know how/if I can help.
>
>> On Jan 25, 2016, at 2:03 AM, Michael Jumper <mike.jumper@guac-dev.org> 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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