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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject Incubation at Apache: What's it all about?
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:02:19 GMT
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Incubation at Apache: What's it all about?

More Projects Than Ever Submitted to Become a Part of The Apache Software

The success and reputation of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) as one
of the most influential Open Source organizations is undisputed. Launched 12 years ago with
the Apache HTTP Server, the all-volunteer ASF currently
develops and shepherds nearly 170 projects, including Top-Level Projects
(TLPs) and new initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs.

Apache products power more than 203 million Websites (half the Internet!)
and countless mission-critical applications worldwide. More than a dozen
Apache projects form the foundation of today's Cloud computing. Five of the
top 10 Open Source downloads are Apache projects [1].

"Dozens of external projects have sought to become a part of the ASF to
improve the quality of their code and participate in a larger community,"
explained ASF President Jim Jagielski.

Incubation is the first step for a project to be considered among the
diverse Open Source initiatives overseen by the ASF. A submitted project and its community
will join the more than 50 projects in the Apache Incubator, and will benefit from the Foundation's
widely-emulated meritocratic process, stewardship, outreach, support, community events, and
guiding principles that are affectionately known as "The Apache Way".

"We welcome highly-focused, emerging projects from individual
contributors, as well as those with robust developer communities, global
user bases, and strong corporate backing," added Jagielski. "The ASF's
organizational, legal, financial, and infrastructure support gives
Incubating projects the ability to provide valuable software to millions of
users without having to worry about liability. Today's submission of the
openoffice.org code base is testament to our track record for successfully
Incubating highly-established, well-respected projects such as Apache
SpamAssassin and Apache Subversion."

Incubating projects (known as "podlings") benefit from hands-on mentorship
from other Apache contributors and are guided on an array of processes and
principles within the Foundation, including adopting the Apache voting
structure and growing a vibrant and diverse community. Jim Jagielski is the
proposed podling mentor for the openoffice.org community during the
incubation process.

Podlings that demonstrate that their community and products have been
well-governed under the ASF's consensus-driven process, release all code
under the Apache License v2.0, and fulfill the responsibilities of an
Incubating project move one step closer to graduation to a TLP. Upon a
Project's maturation to a TLP, a Project Management Committee (PMC) is
formed to guide its day-to-day operations, including community development
and product releases.

ASF Projects that have graduated from the Apache Incubator over the past
year include Apache Cassandra, Apache Chemistry, Apache Click, Apache
Libcloud, Apache OODT, Apache Shindig, Apache Traffic Server, and Apache

For more information on the Apache Incubator, please visit

[1] https://www.osscensus.org/packages-rank-public.php

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