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From Peter Firmstone <j...@zeus.net.au>
Subject Re: New Chair for Apache River PMC
Date Tue, 13 May 2014 07:18:22 GMT
On 13/05/2014 9:59 AM, Dennis Reedy wrote:
> Apologies for not chiming in earlier, I've been running around with my air
> on fire for the past couple of weeks. As to whether River is dead, I don't
> think it is, maybe mostly dead (in which case a visit to Miracle Max may be
> in order). I think River is static, but not dead. The technology is so
> worth at least maintaining, fixing bugs and continued care and feeding.
> The issue to me is that the project has no direction, and River has no
> community that participates and makes decisions as a community. There has
> been tons of work in qa_refactor, is that the future for River? Or is it a
> fork?

There are develpers who are concerned about the number of fixes made in 
qa-refactor, but no one yet has identified an issue I haven't been able 
to fix very quickly.  In any case the public api and serial form is 
backward compatible.

I encourage the community to test it, find out for themselves and report 
any issues.

> Regards
> Dennis
> On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 9:59 AM, Greg Trasuk<trasukg@stratuscom.com>  wrote:
>> On May 11, 2014, at 12:30 AM, Peter<jini@zeus.net.au>  wrote:
>>> Ultimately, if community involvement continues to decline, we may have
>> to send River to the attic.
>>> Distributed computing is difficult and we often bump into the
>> shortcomings of the java platform, I think these difficulties are why
>> developers have trouble agreeing on solutions.
>>> But I think more importantly we need increased user involvement.
>>> Is there any advise or resources we can draw on from other Apache
>> projects?
>> It may be, ultimately, that the community has failed and River is headed
>> to the Attic.  The usual question is “Can the project round up the 3 ‘+1’
>> votes required to make an Apache release?”  Historically, we have been able
>> to do that, at least for maintenance releases, and I don’t see that
>> changing, at least for a while.
>> The problem is future development and the ongoing health of the project.
>>   On this point, we don’t seem to have consensus on where we want the
>> project to go, and there’s limited enthusiasm for user-focused
>> requirements.  Also, my calls to discuss the health of the project have had
>> no response (well, there was a tangent about the build system, but
>> personally I think that misses the point).
>> I will include in the board report the fact that no-one has expressed an
>> interest in taking over as PMC chair, and ask if there are any other expert
>> resources that can help.
>> Cheers,
>> Greg Trasuk.

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