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From Patricia Shanahan <p...@acm.org>
Subject Draft board report
Date Sun, 03 May 2015 19:17:56 GMT
Here is the first draft of the May 2015 board report for River. Comments 
and improvements welcome:


Apache River is a Java-based Service Oriented Architecture,
implementing the Jini Specification and Jini Technology
Starter Kit.


There are no board-level issues at this time


Apache River 2.2.2 was released on November 18, 2013
Apache River 2.2.1 was released on May 2, 2013.


The last change in the PMC was in June 2014, when Patricia Shanahan 
returned from emeritus to active status as a
committer and PMC member.

There is a concern about slow progress because many of the committers 
and PMC members have limited time. Recruiting new committers is hindered 
by the need for a better initial experience.


There is on-going development in the following areas:

* Improved examples - important for community building by providing a 
good initial experience for new users and developers.

* Update code for Java 8.

* Usability

* Security issues associated with Java Serialization.

Our major push at this time is to get these developments out to our 
users by preparing an Apache 3.0 release. We have agreed to replace 
sun.com.jini and com.artima package names with org.apache.river names in 
this release. We have also agreed on the base branch for the new release.

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