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Subject Fwd: graphviz as a potential apache project
Date Sun, 03 Jun 2018 15:29:34 GMT
Hi All

I received this request from Stephen so am forwarding to the general 
incubator mailing list for discussion and any suggestions for options.


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Subject: 	graphviz as a potential apache project
Date: 	Thu, 31 May 2018 17:51:04 -0400
From: 	Stephen North <>
Reply-To: 	Stephen North <>

Hi, Sharan.   I hope you’re the right person for this.  (Your org. just sent an invitation
to an Apache roadshow event under your name.)

I’m one of the founders of Graphviz, 20+ years ago, and it’s useful infrastructure
software with new and old applications in bioinformatics, machine learning, software
engineering and other fields, including plugins for R, python, Haskell, transpiled
into javascript, who knows what else.  I think for example clang, llvm, maybe Go
use it for debug output.  See

We started this in AT&T Labs but AT&T discontinued all support for the work,
eliminated some of our jobs or encouraged us to leave, has disclaimed the project,
so we’re on our own.  We maintain the software and the website, that we moved to gitlab.

We are looking for a more stable institutional home for Graphviz.  Apache seems like
a great match. Is this possible?  How is a decision like that made?  I’m not sure a mature
project like this fits the incubator model. Are there other ways?

Sorry if this has gone long (I could say a lot more, too, for example how we could put
focus effort on new features, or providing better resources to people that need
network visualization as a service). I’m hoping you’re the right person to start the conversation.

Thank you for your time, and for your consideration.

Stephen North

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