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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:00:18 GMT
On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 11:57, Christian Grobmeier <>
> Hello Luke,
> don't know if OpenOffice is an exception, but usually Proposals are done

There is no requirement to use the Wiki. I've attached the text of the .ODT
file in the message below.

Abstract is comprised of (6) personal productivity applications: word
processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, drawing, equation editor, and
database. supports Windows, Solaris, Linux and Macintosh
operation systems. is localized, supporting over 110
languages worldwide.
 Proposal will be contributed to Apache Software Foundation by Oracle
Corporation in compliance with ASF licensing and governance.

 This contribution will form the basis of the new OpenOffice project at

 Background was launched as an open source project by Sun Microsystems
in June 2000. was originally developed by Star Division which
was acquired by Sun in 1999. is the leading alternative to
MS-Office available as an open source licensed offering. The source is
written in C++ and delivers language-neutral and scriptable functionality.
This source technology introduces the next-stage architecture, allowing use
of the suite elements as separate applications or as embedded components in
other applications. Numerous other features are also present including
XML-based file formats based on the vendor-neutral OpenDocument Format (ODF)
standard from OASIS and other resources.

 Rationale core development would continue at Apache following the
contribution by Oracle, in accordance with Apache bylaws and its usual open
development processes. Both Oracle and ASF agree that the
development community, previously fragmented, would re-unite under ASF to
ensure a stable and long term future for ASF would enable
corporate, non-profit, and volunteer stakeholders to contribute code in a
collaborative fashion.

 Supporting tooling projects will accompany the contribution,
providing APIs for extending and customizing

 Both and the related tooling projects support the OASIS Open
Document Format, and will attract an ecosystem of developers, ISVs and
Systems Integrators. ODF ensures the users of and related
solutions will own their document data, and be free to choose the
application or solution that best meets their requirements.

 The implementation will serve as a reference implementation
of the Open Document Format standard.

 Current Status

 This is a new project.


 The initial developers are very familiar with open source development, both
at Apache and elsewhere. Apache was chosen specifically because Oracle as
contributor, and IBM as Sponsor and the initial developers want to encourage
this style of development for the project. A diverse developer community is
regarded as necessary for a healthy, stable, long term

 Community seeks to further encourage developer and user communities
during incubation, beyond the existing developers currently working on the

 Core Developers

 The initial set of committers include people from the community of Technology projects. We have varying degrees of experience
with Apache-style open source development, ranging from none to ASF Members.


 The developers of will want to work with the Apache Software
Foundation specifically because Apache has proven to provide a strong
foundation and set of practices for developing standards-based
infrastructure and related components. Additionally, the project may evolve
to support cloud and mobile platforms from its starting point of desktop
operating systems.

 Known Risks

 Orphaned products is a mature project, with a set of APIs. It is continuing to

 Inexperience with Open Source

 The initial developers include long-time open source developers, including
Apache Members.

 Homogenous Developers for many years was managed by Sun, who provided the
   majority of its engineering resources as well as its direction. Moving this
   project to Apache will enable a new start and provide a broad framework.

 Reliance on Salaried Developers

 The initial group of developers will be employed by IBM, Linux distribution
companies, and likely public sector agencies. Localization resources are
expected to gravitate to the new project, as well. Ensuring the long term
stability of is a major reason for establishing the project
at Apache.

 Relationships with Other Apache Products

 POI potentially, if POI extends to support ODF, the default file format of

 A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand

 We believe in the processes, systems, and framework Apache has put in


 C <>urrently available on and archived.

Migration TBD.
 Initial Source

The initial source will consist of a collection of files.

 External Dependencies

None at this time

 Required Resources

 Developer and user mailing lists

 A subversion repository

 A JIRA issue tracker

 Download site

 Oracle will assist in the transition and migration from All
of the content has already been archived and is ready for the ASF
infrastructure group to act on.

 Initial Committers

Andrew Rist ---Oracle

Rob Weir --- IBM


 Sam Ruby, Geir Magnusson, Sally Khudairi


 Sam Ruby, Apache Foundation

 Nominated Mentors

 Jim Jagielski --Apache

 Sponsoring Entity

 The Apache Incubator

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