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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject March 2008 Incubator Report
Date Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:51:12 GMT

A number of projects have been informally or formally proposed for
Incubation.  We have voted on to accept:

  Thrift  -
  CouchDB -
  PDFBox  -

as noted in the previous Board Report.  PDFBox has provided a report for
this month; the other two have failed to do so.  log4php also failed to

QPid is proposing to graduate.  There are diversity concerns being raised,
and discussed.  CXF is in the process of also proposing to graduate as a
TLP, and has indicate that spending additional time in the Incubator to
increase diversity, despite initial resistence, turned out to be very
helpful and the right thing.

Other than that, there are new committers and projects working on doing some

	--- Noel


March 2008 Board reports

=== PDFBox ===

Apache PDFBox is an open source Java PDF library for working with PDF
documents. PDFBox entered incubation on February 7th, 2008.

The basic project infrastructure (lists, svn, jira, etc.) is already in
place, and we are currently working on migrating the source code and
existing issues from !SourceForge. We have also requested a user mailing
list to replace the current help forums on !SourceForge.

PDFBox uses the Bouncy Castle crypto libraries for handling encrypted PDF
files. We will take care of export control issues as we proceed with
importing the PDFBox sources to Apache.

=== RAT ===

RAT is audit and code comprehension for releases and source.

Been very quiet this month. Infrastructure is now mostly setup. Import of
RAT main has been completed but the source still need tidying up.

Incubating since: October 2007

=== River ===

River is aimed at the development and advancement of the Jini technology
core infrastructure. Jini technology is a service oriented architecture that
defines a programming model which both exploits and extends Java technology
to enable the construction of secure, distributed systems which are adaptive
to change.

Positive news is that work on the first release has completed and was
approved for release by Incubator, we decided on a branching policy and work
on the next release has been scheduled and has started.

As a concern though overall participation by the initial set of committers
is low, the same applies to people outside the group of committers.

Incubating since: December 2006

=== Shindig ===

Shindig is a reference implementation of the OpenSocial and gadgets stack.

Incubating since: 2007-12-06
(Note this report covers since inception, as we've not yet submitted any
other reports, and will submit for the next 3 months to compensate)

High-level status summary: Shindig making rapid progress since inception in
December 2007.

    * Accepted a couple rounds of "bootstrapping" Java and JS code
contributions from Google (with appropriate IP licensing)
    * Large patch written by a community member for PHP port committed
    * Healthy community growing, though committers still Google-heavy
    * JIRA queue moving in full force
    * Initial website created:

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