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From Jim Jagielski <...@jaguNET.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Apache Guacamole Incubator Proposal
Date Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:37:54 GMT
Thanks. I think I will add myself, if that's OK :)

> On Jan 25, 2016, at 9:02 AM, Jean-Baptiste Onofré <jb@nanthrax.net> wrote:
> 
> 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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