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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject Incubator Board Report, April 2006
Date Sat, 22 Apr 2006 23:00:36 GMT
Not too much to report this month, other than projects settling into the
task of Incubation.

It appears that Felix may apply for TLP status at the May Board meeting.

	--- Noel



The ActiveMQ project is progressing toward graduation and things are moving
along well. Below are the highlights of activity on the project:

 * Added Nabble forums as an alternative to ASF mailing lists
 * Added Nathan Mittler from Amazon as a committer
 * Working on the ActiveMQ 4.0 RC2 release candidate

Currently working to accept a donation from Amazon for the ActiveMQ C++ API

ADF Faces

ADF Faces incubation has started in the last weeks. The code repository has
been setup, the committer access has been granted, we are now waiting for an
import of a current code drop into the repository.

This will take some time as all package names are changed over to an Apache
like structure, and the ASL license is adopted as mentioned in the proposal.

Mailing lists have been setup, and mailing list traffic is slowly picking up



The Cayenne project is setting up its infrastructure. Existing mailing lists
were successfully migrated to Apache this month and are remain active. All
but one ICLA have been recorded and account requests submitted. We are also
working on getting our JIRA migration done and are hoping to be part of the
Confluence-as-a-document-editor trial.

We are preparing our last non-Apache release (1.2, currently in beta). Our
first step after this release will be to repackage everything to the
org.apache.cayenne namespace and release a new "apache" version to indicate
backwards compatibility will no longer be maintained.

We also have at least one LGPL issue, which is with a non-essential optional
platform binary build (Launch4J). This is a relatively-new feature (the
ability to run the Cayenne Modeler as a native binary) and, worse case, we
can remove the feature to get rid of the dependency. However, a number of
potential replacements with compatible licenses have been identified and
will be evaluated as a first attempt to solve the issue.


 * Entire Felix build process migrated to Maven (M2).
 * Mangen contributed by Rob Walker for managing bundle dependencies
 * Several of the UPnP people are now committers and contributions
   have made their way into the repo with respective [C]CLAs.
 * Preparing for an initial release from the incubator
 * OSGi Alliance re-licensed R4 sources as ASL, not just ASL-compatible.
 * Worked with OSGi CTO BJ Hargrave to commit R4 core and compendium ASL
   sources to Felix repo with M2 build/deployment.
 * Wire Admin and Service Binder contributed and Humberto Cervantes a
 * Migrated Service Binder and related tutorial/examples to Felix repo
   with M2 build/deployment.
 * Dependency Manager contributed and Marcel Offermans a committer.
 * Additionally, Xenotron patch contribution by Peter Neubauer.
 * Created daemons and installers with nice packaging for soon to be
   released initial versions
 * Committed new OSGi Bundle Repository service, which is an OSGi
   Alliance sanctioned bundle repository based on previous OBR work.
 * Committed two new shell-related bundles, Shell GUI and Shell GUI
   Plugins, that provide a simple GUI front end for Felix.
 * PPMC is starting to estabilish policy around committership and
   membership (showing its autonomous nature)
 * Upayavira became a new mentor an has greatly accellerated the project
 * Many new committerss:
   * Francesco Furfari
   * Stefano Lenzi
   * Rob Walker
   * Marcel Offermans
   * Matteo Demuru
   * Humberto Cervantes
   * Karl Pauls

Quoting Upayavira: "Now, that shows signs of a healthy community. Adding
seven committers in one quarter :)"


* We are still working on our JCR support. This support is mainly done with
an object/Content mapping. We hope to finalize the first release of this
subproject for the ASF Europe Conf. This tools could be use in other open
source project.

* Sword Technologies is working on the workflow service and the first
Graffito module (personalized news management with syndication). The code
will be donate in May to the ASF.

* Still working with the Jetspeed team to see how to build a common release
for the ASF Europe Conf.

* We want to promote and make some "marketing" to increase the community


Harmony is going well, so well that it is not easy to sum up all the things
happening. There is, however, currently nothing requiring board or incubator
PMC attention. Highlights for the last quarter:
 * no releases.
 * We have welcomed one new PPMC member:
   * Tim Ellison
 * we have welcomed three new committers:
   * Mikhail Loenko
   * George Harley
   * Stepan Mishura
and expect to add quite a few more in the next quarter.

we have received and processed several more bulk contributions from
different parties, including for beans, regex, math, jndi, logging, prefs,
sql, math(again), crypto, and rmi (twice), hundreds upon hundreds of unit
tests, an eclipse plugin for doing harmony development, and more. Our
framework for accepting these contributions (based on jira, svn, and faxes
and documented on the harmony website) seems to be working well.

there was concern over a potential copyright infringement within our JCHEVM
component. This concern has been addressed by receiving a code donation for
the potentially infringing files, without having to resort to lawyers and to
the mutual satisfaction of all parties and under the watchful eye of the
Incubator PMC.

we have begun collaborating with the SableVM community, which has relicensed
its VM under the ALv2 (the related previous potential licensing/copyright
issues have been resolved without having to resort to lawyers and to the
mutual satisfaction of all parties and under the watchful eye of the
Incubator PMC).

we have seen a lot of discussion on how to do testing, how to use jira,
etc, as more and more developers gear up to contribute to the project. These
kinds of discussions are going well and the collaborative consensus-based
process is emerging.

we have identified the (future) need for some serious build and testing
server infrastructure but have not approached the infrastructure team about
this yet. IBM is currently hosting a Maven Continuum server to run the
harmony tests, and sending the results to our mailing lists.


Good activity in the previous quarter. Werner Dittman was voted in as a
committer and has been refactoring the initial code into a more long term
format. A test build has also been created on a Win32 platform.

The team involved in this are all committers on the xml-security project.
Over the next quarter we will be looking to promote this from the Incubator
into the xml project as a part of xml-security.


Now that the initial committer list has their Apache accounts, the project
will be beginning real soon now. No other news to report at this time.


The log4net team is putting together release 1.2.10. The release has been
approved by the Logging PMC and is now waiting for approval by the Incubator
PMC. This release includes a number of fixes for the current 1.2.9 release.
One of these is a fix for a security issues that was raised through We would like to thank Mark Cox from the security team
for his help managing this issue.


The Lokahi project is still setting up its infrastructure: Subversion has
been set up with proper commit privileges, and the initial code import just
took place a couple of days ago. The Lokahi name has been cleared as far as
trademark usage goes.


There has been no activity since the last report. At some point soon we will
likely want to officially mark this project as dormant.


Lucene.Net has recently gotten into the swing of things. George Aroush has
officially moved the project from Sourceforge to the ASF repository. A very
active contributor from the Sourceforge project has been proposed and is
pending the receipt of his CLA.


Ode is currently adding a new round of commiters to its developer base. The
Software grants for both donations from Intalio and Sybase have arrived and
both have been checked in.

The community is actively discussing development plans for the two code


The OFBiz team continues to gather individual contributor license agreements
(iCLAs) from people who have contributed to the project in the past: this
effort is nearly complete, and we expect to import OFBiz code into the ASF
Subversion repository soon. You can see the progress of getting iCLAs at

In addition, the OFBiz PPMC has been setup and all initial committers and
mentors subscribed to it. OFBiz management discussions have been taking
place on that list for a few weeks now.

In summary, things are progressing well. No major issues at this time.


Roller development has been proceeding at a steady pace. The mailing lists
seem to be getting more active with new users cropping up all the time. IBM
DeveloperWorks now uses Roller for their blogs, LinPro AS is working on a
large number of installations and North Carolina State Unversity is support
to go live with campus-wide student blogs powered by Roller before the end
of this month.

A Roller 2.2 release candidate was created on the 2nd to last Thursday of
March (per our release cycle), we've gone through 5 release candidates now
and a vote was called today (April 18th) for release.

For Roller 2.3, Allen Gilliland has been doing some major refactoring work
in the Roller backend. Dave Johnson has been working on smaller issues
including support for both weblog entry summary and content. A 2.3 release
candidate may be appearing on Thursday, since it's the 2nd to last.

Looking forward, a new development roadmap has been prepared that covers
Roller 2.3, 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 releases. Dave's Roller talk was accepted at
ApacheCon EU in June 2006.

Other issues: LGPL issues are still unresolved and holding up graduation.


The ServiceMix project is progressing along. Below are the recent project

 * Added Nabble forums as an alternative to ASF mailing lists
 * Currently preparing the ServiceMix 3.0 M1 milestone release


The Solr team has been focusing on preparing its first release candidate out
of the incubator, and is getting fairly close: maybe another couple of weeks
before we vote. All committers and mentors are on the solr-dev mailing list,
where discussion has been taking place. All ASF resources (Subversion,
mailing list, etc.) seem to have been created and are functioning well. We
have also been taking this time to re-think our distro contents, e.g. where
to put examples, whether to package Tomcat for an out-of-the-box working
webapp, etc: those discussions have been taking place on the solr-dev list,
which is public, and everyone is welcome to join.


The Synapse team continues to work towards an M2 release and graduation.

WebWork 2

The last quarter has seen the creation of the WebWork 2 podling and rapid
progress. Our focus has been on migrating code, resources, developers, IP,
and community over to the ASF.

Code: we have imported the code into the Incubator SVN, and have renamed
packages, taglib prefixes, and any other references to the old WebWork
project over to the new Struts Action Framework 2 project, where the final
location of the code will be.

Resources: We've migrated the code to the Apache SVN, setup and migrated
JIRA tickets to the new server, and are in the process of
migration wiki documentation.

Developers: The core WebWork 2 developers have been given accounts and
access to the podling, voted in through the proposal. We plan to vote the
remaining committers in one-by-one through the Struts PMC, serving as the
IPMC for the podling.

IP: The OpenSymphony organization, who owns the copyright on the WebWork 2
project, has delivered a code grant allowing us to change the copyright.
Additionally, we've removed most of the LGPL source code (usually in the
form of Javascript libraries) and have developed an optional build that
compiles integration code depending on LGPL jars, in accordance to the draft
IP policy document.

Community: The WebWork 2 developers have joined the Struts mailing lists and
have been very active in participating with both development and user
threads. They have been just as, if not more, active committing to the code
repository as Struts committers, and when conflicts arise, they are very
quick to come to a solution in a positive way. In addition, several Struts
committers have joined OpenSymphony forums, chat rooms, and projects further
strengthening the relationship.

We are definitely planning on exiting the Incubator this next quarter,
possibly within weeks. We see a bright future for the Struts Action project,
and hope to facilitate a new spirit of cooperation within the competitive
landscape of Java web application frameworks.


The WADI podling has decided to retire and not complete incubation. This
decision was made by the participants, supported by the sponsoring Geronimo
PMC, and announced to the Incubator PMC. The project will continue at [WWW]


Yoko is currently adding a new round of commiters to its developer base. The
Software grant for the donation from IONA arrived and the code base has been
checked in. The codebase from the original Trifork donation has been moved
from Geronimo to Yoko.

The community is actively discussing development plans for the two code
bases. Look to see intense discussions at JavaOne and ApacheCon EU.

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