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From Rodney Waldhoff <>
Subject incubation requirements for axion at apache db?
Date Thu, 16 Oct 2003 12:53:12 GMT
Axion (<>) is a Java-based relational database
engine that was among the set of "seed projects" named in the proposal for
Apache DB (<>).

The Axion team is considering moving to the Apache DB project, and
depending upon the source, there seem to be some conflicting reports on
what exactly that will entail.

The Apache DB bylaws (<>) and
subproject submission guidelines (<>)
state that a subproject must be approved by a 3/4 majority Apache DB PMC.
They make no mention of the Apache Incubator project, nor of any specific
incubation process.

(Similarly, by the way, for the Jakarta project bylaws and subproject
submission guidelines.)

Pages on the Incubator site (e.g.,
<>), seem to place the incubator
in a central role in the sub-project adoption process, although the
precise process to be followed is apparently neither "complete [n]or
completely authoritative".

The Axion team would like to understand precisely what the incubation
requirements and process, if any, is necessary for a move to the Apache DB

A draft proposal for Axion at Apache DB follows.  It includes some
additional background material.

- Rod <>

Proposal for Creating an Axion sub-project within the Apache DB Project

(0) Rationale and Consideration of Sub-Project Criteria

Axion is a relational database engine currently developed and released
under an Apache/BSD-like license.

While it has not yet had a formal 1.0 release, Axion is not a new project.
Axion has had three binary "milestone" releases, the first of which was
released over a year ago (9 July 2002) [1].  The project has been under
active development since early 2002 [2] and has shown regular and diverse
growth in both the development and user communities.

The Axion team has operated under meritocratic guidelines [3] similar to
and derived from those of the ASF since its inception.

The Axion project has strong personal ties to the Apache community.  Many,
indeed most members of the Axion community are contributors or committers
to one or more ASF projects, serve on one or more ASF PMCs or are ASF
members. [4]

The Axion project has strong technical ties to the Apache community.
Axion uses several ASF libraries [5], and as a project, has contributed
code back to those libraries where appropriate [6].  Some existing ASF
projects use or support Axion currently, others have expressed an interest
in doing so (notably the Apache Directory Project).

Similarly, many current ASF projects could advantage of a robust,
ASF-licensed Java database engine and there several projects with which
Axion could collaborate on infrastructural components.

(1) Scope

The project will create and maintain a (primarily relational) database
engine and related utilities, to be distributed under an ASF-license.

(2) Initial Source

The initial source of the project will be the material currently available
from <>. This source is currently available under
an ASF-style license, and the community has elected to migrate to an ASF

(3) Apache DB Resources to be Created

(3.1) Mailing Lists


(perhaps others as needed)

(3.2) Version Control Repository

* cvs/db-axion on

(3.3) Web Site


(3.4) Other

Issue tracking (bugzilla), email archive (eyebrowse), etc. entries as

(4) Initial Set of Committers

The initial set of committers will the same as that of the Axion project
at Tigris at the time of the move. See

(A) End Notes

[1] <>
[2] <>
[3] <>
[4] Compare those with the "Developer" role or stronger at
<>, or the list at
with <>
[5] Currently Axion uses 8 external libraries when you include required
and optional build, test and run-time dependencies. Of these, 6 are ASF
libraries (Ant, Jakarta-Commons-Codec, Jakarta-Commons-Collections,
Jakarta-Commons-Logging, Jakarta-Regexp, Maven).
[6] Most notably, the org.apache.commons.collections.primitives.* package,
which was initially developed within Axion then contributed to
Jakarta-Commons, although there have been other less substantial
enhancements and contributions.

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