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From Patricia Shanahan <p...@acm.org>
Subject Re: [DRAFT] December Report
Date Mon, 06 Dec 2010 14:17:56 GMT
Do we need to vote on this? If so, +1


Tom Hobbs wrote:
> Updated the three next important steps and moved the originals in the
> body of the report.  Added Jukka as the "signed by mentor"
>>>> On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 9:31 AM, Tom Hobbs <tvhobbs@googlemail.com>
>>>>> Here's the status report for December.
>>>>> Comments?
>>>>> River
>>>>> Apache River is a distributed computing architecture, based on the JSK
>>>>> Starter Kit Source code donated by Sun Microsystems, for the Jini
>>>>> Specification. While generally referred to as a Service Architecture,
>>>>> it might be more easily explained to those familiar with Dependency
>>>>> Injection as a Protocol Independent, Distributed Dependency Injection
>>>>> Architecture, suited to both hardware and software. Instead of
>>>>> depending on Protocols directly for communication, everything is
>>>>> abstracted behind a Java interface, allowing protocols and
>>>>> implementations to be swapped freely, programming languages other than
>>>>> Java can also participate.
>>>>> The activity on the River project continues to grow and is seeing
>>>>> renewed interest from people who had previously fallen silent.  The
>>>>> current development team feels that we are ready to start the
>>>>> Graduation process to a TLP.
>>>>> The next release 2.2.0 is scheduled for January, this is likely to be
>>>>> a bug-fix release and will hopefully be our last release before
>>>>> graduation.
>>>>> New functionality and enhancements has currently been suspended in
>>>>> favour of bug-fixes and the work towards graduation.  The following
>>>>> rough road map has been provisionally agreed;
>>>>>  * Graduation as top level project river.apache.org
>>>>>  * Rename com.sun namespace to org.apache.river
>>>>>  * Modular build & JDK policy
>>>>> After this has been completed then the previous work on new
>>>>> functionality and enhancements will be picked up again.  These will
>>>>> include;
>>>>>  * Dynamic Grants at Runtime, based on CodeSource, Code Signer
>>>>> Certificate chains , ProtectionDomain or ClassLoader.
>>>>>  * Dynamic Revoke of Grant's at Runtime
>>>>>  * Securing proxy downloads and unmarshalling
>>>>> Additionally work is continuing on the build and test environments. 
The project has recently been able to run all the categories of the QA tests which is a significant
accomplishment, but it does make for a rather long test sequence.  They have highlighted several
bugs which have been fixed.  More of the JTREG tests are also passing after fixes to the environment
and the tests themselves.
>>>>> The website has been moved to the new Apache CMS environment and has
>>>>> seen further increases in the level of documentation available,
>>>>> particular articles which are useful to people starting to use and
>>>>> develop River.
>>>>> 3 most important issues:
>>>>> * List future River PMC members and select the initial PMC chair
>>>>> * Prepare the TLP graduation resolution
>>>>> * Vote on graduation
>>>>> Signed off by mentor:
>>>>> Jukka Zitting

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