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From Jean-Baptiste Onofré>
Subject [VOTE] Accept Guacamole into the Apache incubator
Date Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:29:18 GMT

The Guacamole proposal was discussed couple of weeks ago.

The complete discussion thread is available here:

As reminder the GuacamoleProposal is here:

As we received only positive feedbacks in the discussion thread, we 
think it's time to call for a vote to accept Guacamole into the Incubator.

Please cast your vote to:
[] +1 - accept Apache Beam as a new incubating project
[]  0 - not sure
[] -1 - do not accept the Apache Beam project (because: ...)


= GuacamoleProposal =

== Abstract ==

Guacamole is an enterprise-grade, protocol-agnostic, remote desktop 
gateway. Combined with cloud hosting, Guacamole provides an excellent 
alternative to traditional desktops. Guacamole aims to make cloud-hosted 
desktop access preferable to traditional, local access.

== Background ==

Guacamole began in 2010 as a personal project - a means for Mike Jumper 
to access to his own computer from work. Mike’s job at that time had a 
firewall which blocked outbound access to everything except HTTP and 
HTTPS, and directly circumventing the firewall (by changing the SSH 
server port, for example) was a fireable offense. Mike needed a solution 
which provided remote access and yet was a true web application. He 
found several projects providing text-based terminal access, but decided 
that he wanted to make something new and different.

The project began as a simple VNC client but grew rapidly in capability 
and performance until it became an enterprise-grade, protocol-agnostic, 
remote desktop gateway supporting both VNC and RDP. Support for SSH was 
added later, followed by audio, file transfer, etc. By this point, 
Guacamole was fast and stable enough to be used daily and in place of a 
traditional desktop.

Having used and developed Guacamole to its current state, and having 
observed the general shift of the industry toward cloud computing and 
related technologies, we now see Guacamole as the primary and only 
viable open source solution for a future of cloud-hosted desktops.

Guacamole's purpose is twofold:

  * To provide seamless and performant access to desktops over the web.
  * To provide an API which allows others, including commercial 
entities, to integrate Guacamole's core into their own applications.

We believe that the lifestyle enabled by Guacamole should be preferable 
to traditional, physically-anchored desktops, that the software enabling 
this should be 100% free in every sense of the word, and that users 
should not be limited by their current location, by the software 
installed on whatever computer they are using at the moment, nor by how 
powerful/weak the hardware of that computer happens to be.

Guacamole is stable and production-ready. It is in active production use 
by several companies, including ESI, Glyptodon, HP, Nanocloud Software, 
as well as individuals.

== Rationale ==

Due to the utility and popularity of cloud platforms, a logical 
extension to traditional application hosting is to host complete 
desktops. The Guacamole project is aimed at achieving this, and we 
believe that the best way to fulfill the true potential of this project 
is to bring its development within Apache and, by so doing, foster a 
larger community and higher visibility. The resulting continuous 
improvements to its design and implementation will make Guacamole the 
best tool for the job for a wide variety of use cases.

== Initial Goals ==

Our initial goals are to bring Guacamole into the ASF, transition 
internal engineering processes into the open, and foster a collaborative 
development model according to the "Apache Way."

== Current Status ==

Guacamole is production-ready and already provides a large set of 
features. It is currently licensed under the MIT license, but will be 
relicensed under the Apache license if accepted for incubation.

The source repositories are:


== Meritocracy ==

We intend to radically expand the initial developer and user community 
by running the project in accordance with the "Apache Way". Users and 
new contributors will be treated with respect and welcomed. By 
participating in the community and providing quality patches/support 
that move the project forward, they will earn merit. The community will 
also be encouraged to provide non-code contributions (documentation, 
events, community management, etc.) and will gain merit for doing so. 
Those with a proven support and quality track record will be encouraged 
to become committers.

== Community ==

If Guacamole is accepted for incubation, its primary initial goal will 
be to build a large community of users and developers. We trust that 
Guacamole will become a key project for cloud platforms, and thus expect 
its community to grow as word of the project continues to spread.

== Known Risks ==

Development has been sponsored mostly by one company. For the project to 
fully transition to the Apache Way governance model, development must 
shift towards the meritocracy-centric model of growing a balanced 
community of contributors.

== Orphaned products ==

Glyptodon, Nanocloud Software, and other companies are fully committed 
to Guacamole and have a vested interest in making Guacamole succeed by 
driving its close integration with sister ASF projects. Commercial 
reliance on Guacamole by third-party companies, as well as widespread 
public interest in cloud-based access as a whole, reduces the risk of 
the product being orphaned.

== Inexperience with Open Source ==

Glyptodon has been developing and using open source software since its 
inception in 2013. Additionally, several ASF veterans agreed to mentor 
the project and are listed in this proposal. The Guacamole project will 
rely on their guidance and collective wisdom to quickly transition the 
entire team of initial committers towards practicing the Apache Way.

== Reliance on Salaried Developers ==

Most of the contributors are paid to work in cloud space. While they 
might wander from their current employers, they are unlikely to venture 
far from their core expertises and thus will continue to be engaged with 
the project regardless of their current employers.

== An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==

Our primary interest in bringing Guacamole to Apache is to foster growth 
within the project and its community of developers and users. We have no 
plans to make use of the Apache brand in press releases, nor to 
advertise acceptance of Guacamole into Apache Incubator.

== Required Resources ==

=== Mailing Lists ===

  * (moderated subscriptions)

=== Git Repository ===


=== Issue Tracking ===

  * JIRA Project Guacamole (GUAC)

=== Other Resources ===

  * Means of setting up regular builds for Guacamole on

== Initial Committers ==

  * Mike Jumper
  * James Muehlner

== Additional Interested Contributors ==

  * Jim Jagielski
  * Greg Trasuk

== Affiliations ==

  * Glyptodon : Mike Jumper, James Muehlner

== Champion ==

  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré ( - Apache Member

== Mentors ==

  * Jean-Baptiste Onofré ( - Apache Member
  * Daniel Gruno ( - Apache Member
  * Olivier Lamy ( - Apache Member
  * Jim Jagielski ( - Apache Member
  * Greg Trasuk ( - Apache Member

== Sponsoring Entity ==

We would like to propose Apache incubator to sponsor this project.
Jean-Baptiste Onofré
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