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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: Final draft of the Incubator Board Report - April 2016
Date Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:27:29 GMT
On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 3:56 AM, John D. Ament <johndament@apache.org> wrote:

> Below is the final draft of the board report.

The report looks good to me!  Comments inline.

>   - Airflow
>   - Gearpump
>   - Mnemonic
>   - Omid
>   - Tephra
>
> * Graduations
>
>   The board has motions for the following:
>
>   - Apex
>   - Johnzon
>   - TinkerPop
>   - AsterixDB

What turnover!  I see that with the addition of Quickstep that's *six* new
podlings in one month, which has to be a record.

Congrats to all the entrants and graduates!

> * Credits
>
>   - Report Manager:

I added the credit for this month's erstwhile Report Manager. :)

> * Did not report, expected next month
>
>   - Concerted
>   - OpenAz
>   - Tephra

The OpenAZ report was due in January and is thus 4 months late, which I have
now noted on the wiki.  OpenAZ's status has been raised on private@incubator
and we just have to keep raising it each month until a report gets filed.

> --------------------
> Fineract
>
> Fineract is an open source system for core banking as a platform.
>
> Fineract has been incubating since 2015-12-15.
>
> Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
>
>   1. Finalising the initial release
>   2. Improve the communication around the differences between the previous
>      MifosX project and the new Fineract project, especially in the MifosX
>      community, website etc.
>   3. With the first initial release, encourage the community to use the
>      proper infastructure (mailing lists, issue tracker) for the ongoing
>      collaboration within the community.
>   4. Change management towards less 'key-man' dependency on previous
>      tech/community leaders from MifosX, more towards community driven
>      consensus.
>   5. Reduce clutter on mailinglist from JIRA updates etc.
>
> Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> aware of?
>
>   On the mailinglist there have been discussions around the lack of traffic
>   on it. This is part of the switchover from the current MifosX community
>   and mailinglists towards the new Fineract lists. At the same time the
>   recent meet-up of Mifosx and Fineract devs and people interested in it
>   (see community development), has also triggered a lot of offline
>   interaction.
>
> How has the community developed since the last report?
>
>   While activity on the mailinglist has been pretty low, we've had a great
>   meet-up in Amsterdam where a nice mix of existing MifosX community members
>   and a group of new interested people was present. This has boosted
>   interest in Fineract.
>
>   We have a high level of interest from new contributors throughout Africa -
>   we are working to properly engage them and guide them to the correct
>   collaboration channels in our Fineract community.
>
> How has the project developed since the last report?
>
>   Individual members of the leading partner organizations building solutions
>   using the Fineract platform have begun to effectively use the Fineract
>   issue tracker to communicate and track the requirements and enhancements
>   they're building and contributing to Fineract. These individuals are
>   setting a good example that other individuals from our partner community
>   should follow.
>
> Date of last release:
>
>   N/A
>
> When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
>
>   N/A
>
> Signed-off-by:
>
>   [ ](fineract) Ross Gardler
>   [ ](fineract) Greg Stein
>   [X](fineract) Roman Shaposhnik

This report provides excellent insight into the challenges and opportunities
before the Fineract community.  Thank you for a good read, and good luck!

> --------------------
> FreeMarker

> How has the project developed since the last report?
>
>   FreeMarker had two public releases: A Release Candidate (so that users can
>   test it), and one final release. Apart from the new features and fixes, we
>   have adjusted the source code and build process to follow Apache best
>   practices more closely, and to be more appealing for contributors
>   (switching to Java 5, fixing formatting where it didn't fit the modern
>   Java conventions).

Those sound like good ideas!  There really are a lot of ways to make a project
easier to contribute to, but they can be hard to see when you're in the thick
of it.

> --------------------
> Gearpump
>
> Gearpump is a reactive real-time streaming engine based on the micro-service
> Actor model.
>
> Gearpump has been incubating since 2016-03-08.
>
> Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
>
>   1. Make initial Apache branded release
>   2. Initial community process definition and practice enforcement by
>      following Apache policies
>   3. Build the first Apache branded informative website to make Gearpump
>      contributor and end-user friendly.
>
> Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> aware of?
>
>   The rights holder of the Gearpump copyright filed a CCLA including a
>   Schedule B granting the Gearpump codebase to the Foundation. We are
>   awaiting assistance from Infrastructure on INFRA-11435 to perform the
>   import.
>
> How has the community developed since the last report?
>
>   All of the initial committers/PPMC have set up with Apache accounts and
>   Apache JIRA accounts.
>
>   Discussion among developers has started on
>   dev@gearpump.incubator.apache.org
>
> How has the project developed since the last report?
>
>   The JIRA for the podling is active at
>   https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/GEARPUMP and seeing activity.
>
> Date of last release:
>
>   No release yet.
>
> When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
>
>   No new committers or PMC members elected yet.
>
> Signed-off-by:
>
>   [X](gearpump) Andrew Purtell
>   [ ](gearpump) Jarek Jarcec Cecho
>   [ ](gearpump) Reynold Xin
>   [ ](gearpump) Todd Lipcon
>   [ ](gearpump) Xuefu Zhang

This is a solid first report from Gearpump.  It describes the progress of
getting set up in the Incubator and establishes the routine of reporting.
There may not be too much to say about community interaction at first, but
that's fine.

> --------------------
> iota
>
> Open source system that enables the orchestration of IoT devices.
>
> iota has been incubating since 2016-01-20.
>
> Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
>
>   1. Overcome current technical difficulties. You might be asking what is
>      happening with Apache iota. The initial architecture that we wanted to
>      upload was not as scalable as we required it to be. Rather than upload
>      an architecture that we wanted to fundamentally change we have been
>      developing a new backend architecture and code based that implements a
>      significantly more scalable solution using Apache, Spark, Spark
>      Streaming and Cassandra. We are still using Python and Django for our
>      APIs and authentication (session and token based). Consequently, you
>      haven’t seen any activity on the Apache iota site and repository. This
>      will be changing soon. Litbit (the contributing company whose business
>      runs on iota) has been working around the clock to remake the backend
>      using additional Apache components that makes the solution far more
>      scalable.
>   2. Set up web site and import code. We will be setting up the Apache iota
>      website to reflect the new architecture and uploading the initial
>      source code as quickly as we can.
>   3. Promote Iota to a wider user base / grow the community. We are planning
>      to promoting iota at an upcoming keynote being given by Scott Noteboom
>      (Litbit's CEO). In addition we will be presenting iota at Apache Con in
>      May 2016. Our goal in promoting iota will be to start building a
>      community that will contribute to moving iota to it’s first release as
>      an Apache incubator project
>
> Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> aware of?
>
>   * None at this time.
>
> How has the community developed since the last report?
>
>   * This is the first submitted report
>
> How has the project developed since the last report?
>
>   * This is the first submitted report
>
> Date of last release:
>
>   * None
>
> When were the last committers or PMC members elected?
>
>
> Signed-off-by:
>
>   [ ](iota) Daniel Gruno
>   [ ](iota) Sterling Hughes
>   [X](iota) Justin Mclean
>   [X](iota) Hadrian Zbarcea
>
> Shepherd/Mentor notes:
>
>   johndament:
>     Its a bit concerning to see that the project is starting off in a
>     non-ASF way.  Even if the code isn't quite right for donation, may be
>     better to start off writing new code in the ASF repos.
>
>   jmclean:
>     I too have concerns about why they are developing outside of the ASF.
>     I've contacted them a few times with a please explain and have
>     assurances that this will be fixed. I'd suggest placing the podling on
>     monthly reports for a few more months.
>
>   drew:
>     2 mentors active on the mailing list this month, but little activity as
>     the team has not moved development to ASF. Concur with keeping podling
>     on monthly reports.

I'd just like to say that it can be quite challenging to do fundamental
architectural design work under ASF-style collaboration and governance.  What
we are asking of iota is not an easy task and I don't envy them.

> --------------------
> Quarks

> How has the community developed since the last report?
>
>   The Quarks community is keeping dev-related conversations on the mailing
>   list. Because of this, it's allowed for the participation of independent
>   contributors in mailing list discussions. Although our list of independent
>   contributors is small, Quarks is still very new as an Apache project and
>   we aim to actively grow our list in the near future.

Nice -- it's good that Quarks understands the direction to head in.

> --------------------
> Rya

> How has the community developed since the last report?
>
>    * We have a Rya "office hour" teleconference every other week. We had
>      some technical difficulties with screen sharing, but we had a working
>      solution for the last meeting. Users and developers can ask questions,
>      receive answers, discuss ideas for future developments. The minutes are
>      sent to the dev@ list.
>    * We have more PRs from non-committers which are integrated into the
>      repository. We expect some of these non-committers to continue to
>      submit PRs and become committers.
>    * There were several ideas from Rya for Google Summer of Code, and a few
>      students expressed interest; one of them submitted a proposal

Another very nice community development section.  Thanks, Rya!

> --------------------
> Sirona
>
> Monitoring Solution.
>
> Sirona has been incubating since 2013-10-15.
>
> Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
>
>   1. increase the community
>   2. do more releases
>   3. make the community more active
>
> Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
> aware of?
>
>   No
>
> How has the community developed since the last report?
>
>   No change but some more user feedbacks.
>
> How has the project developed since the last report?
>
>   Several fixes have been done and enhancements in instrumentation side.
>
> Date of last release:
>
>   2015-11-18
>
> 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
>   [X](sirona) Romain Manni-Bucau

The reports from Sirona could stand to be a little fuller.

Also, the question about last committers / PMC members really ought to be
filled in.  The Board is very persistent about asking TLPs for that
information.

Marvin Humphrey

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