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From Martijn Dashorst <>
Subject Re: On Etch status
Date Mon, 09 Jan 2012 08:41:48 GMT
Just as an aside: I intend on staying with the PMC to provide
oversight as a Member (and being a familiar Mentor), provided the Etch
community wants me to tag along.


On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM, Martijn Dashorst
<> wrote:
> Etch is a cross-platform, language- and transport-independent
> framework for building and consuming network services. The Etch
> toolset includes a network service description language, a compiler,
> and binding libraries for a variety of programming languages. It
> currently supports C, C# and Java. Support for Go, JavaScript and
> Python is deemed alpha status.
> Etch has 4 mentors listed: Yonik, Doug, Niclas and myself. Currently
> it seems I am the only mentor active.
> The facts:
>  - We have roughly 4 active contributors: 3 committers and 1 person
> responding to messages on the dev/user lists.
>  - We know how to add committers: the 3 currently active committers
> were all not part of the team when incubation started. One of them was
> voted in in the last half year.
>  - The community is diverse, or as diverse you can get in a 4 person group.
>  - We know how to cut releases.
>  - Reporting has been on schedule.
> The podling is IMO ready to graduate, but lacks a sustainable
> community (as noted elsewhere). The podling started out as a project
> of Cisco, and had an active group of committers, but when the economy
> happened, the team was disbanded and effectively left the podling
> stranded.
> When I think of the reasons why people are reluctant to join Etch, I think that:
>  - being in incubation hinders adoption of the code base
>  - its use is not advertised well (e.g. BMW uses it in their Minis)
>  - competition in the networking library space is fierce (though not
> too many libs exist)
> The project can address 2, 3 is something external and the IPMC can address 1.
> Now the big question: is Etch a candidate for graduating to TLP?
> I think it is, given the facts. It will be a TLP with issues of
> activity, but so far user questions, development questions are
> answered and releases are cut. The website has been updated recently,
> so I don't see an immediate danger of the project going south. I think
> that graduation of the podling will be a good thing and might give the
> project a bit of renewed energy.
> So... What to do?
> Martijn

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