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From Greg Trasuk <tras...@stratuscom.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept NuttX into the Apache Incubator
Date Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:45:41 GMT

+1 binding.

Greg 

> 
>> Hi folks,
>> 
>> 
>> The [DISCUSS] thread on NuttX has died down.
>> 
>> 
>> Accordingly, I would like to call a VOTE to accept NuttX into the
>> 
>> Apache Incubator.
>> 
>> 
>> Please cast your vote:
>> 
>> 
>>  [ ] +1, bring NuttX into the Incubator
>> 
>>  [ ] +0, I don't care either way
>> 
>>  [ ] -1, do not bring NuttX into the Incubator, because...
>> 
>> 
>> The vote will open at least for 72 hours and only votes from the
>> 
>> Incubator PMC are binding, but votes from everyone are welcome.
>> 
>> 
>> =Abstract=
>> 
>> NuttX is a mature, real-time embedded operating system (RTOS).  It has wide
>> usage in IoT projects, control systems, robotics, drones, and many other
>> systems.  Unique properties of NuttX are its strict adherence to standards
>> and its scalability. NuttX follows the Unix standards as defined
>> by OpenGroup.org (POSIX, ANSI, and others).  This allows for a high degree
>> of portability. Scalability is supported through a configuration system
>> that allows NuttX to run on the smallest embedded platforms and through
>> high end single board computers.
>> 
>> 
>> =Proposal=
>> 
>> NuttX was released under a BSD 3-Clause license on February 17, 2007.  From
>> that time until now it has been managed by a single person, Gregory Nutt.
>> The user base of NuttX has grown to probably thousands of projects and
>> perhaps a hundred active developments at any time.  The code base has grown
>> to around 1.5 million lines of code (according to OpenHub.com).
>> 
>> NuttX has benefited from this single person management because this has
>> resulted in a consistent architecture and controlled growth.  But now it is
>> time to open this project to the participation of others because this
>> consistent architecture assures solid future growth, and because the
>> magnitude of effort required to support the RTOS exceeds the capability of
>> a single person, but also because users of NuttX require a stable road map
>> going forward that does not depend on a single person.
>> 
>> For these reasons, I propose that NuttX enter the Apache Incubator as a
>> first step in opening the project to wider participation.
>> 
>> 
>> =Initial Goals=
>> 
>> The initial goal will be to move the existing BSD code base to Apache and
>> integrate with the Apache development process and infrastructure. A primary
>> goal of incubation will be to grow and diversify the NuttX community. We
>> will convert that code base to the Apache license during incubation.
>> 
>> 
>> =Current Status=
>> 
>> As previously mentioned, NuttX is a mature, stable product in wide use in
>> embedded products.
>> 
>> 
>> ==Meritocracy==
>> 
>> We value meritocracy and we understand that it is the basis for an open
>> community that encourages multiple companies and individuals to contribute
>> and be invested in the project’s future. We will encourage and monitor
>> participation and make sure to extend privileges and responsibilities to
>> all contributors.
>> 
>> Being a mature project, NuttX already has an extensive user base with many
>> people who understand the software, who have committed hundreds of changes,
>> and are happy to participate in the project.  I believe that with a little
>> guidance and formalization, a PMC and a large group of experienced
>> committers can quickly be established.
>> 
>> 
>> ==Community==
>> 
>> NuttX has a large, active community.  Communication is via a Google group
>> at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nuttx where there are 395
>> members as of this writing.  Code is currently maintained
>> at Bitbucket.org at https://bitbucket.org/nuttx/.  Other communications
>> are
>> through Bitbucket issues and also via Slack for focused, interactive
>> discussions.
>> 
>> Keeping up with the communications, requests for help, issues, and
>> contributions is more than a full time job at this time.
>> 
>> 
>> ==Core Developers==
>> 
>> NuttX was initially developed by Gregory Nutt, released as an open source
>> project on February 17, 2007, and is still under active development.  There
>> are several dozen, active, frequent contributors involved with the project.
>> The core OS can be considered finished at this point, but development
>> continues in specialized areas of networking, IoT, cryptography, tools, and
>> other more specialized functions.
>> 
>> 
>> =Alignment=
>> 
>> NuttX is an original development with some small percentage of ported
>> code.  It stands alone depends on no other projects.
>> 
>> 
>> =Known Risks=
>> 
>> ==Orphaned Products==
>> 
>> We are committed to the future development of NuttX and understand that
>> graduation to a TLP, while preferable, is not the only positive outcome of
>> incubation.
>> 
>> Should the NuttX project be accepted by the Incubator, the prospective PPMC
>> would be willing to agree to a target incubation period of 2 years or less,
>> knowing that every Incubator project incurs a certain cost in terms of ASF
>> infrastructure and volunteer time.
>> 
>> 
>> ==Inexperience with Open Source==
>> 
>> None of the initial committers are Apache members and we will need some
>> help in learning the Apache Way.
>> 
>> 
>> ==Salaried Developers==
>> 
>> It is expected that NuttX development will occur primarily on volunteer
>> time, after hours.  One initial committer will be paid by Xiaomi. All
>> initial committers are all equally passionate about the project.
>> 
>> 
>> =Relationships with Other Apache Products=
>> 
>> There is no relationship between NuttX and any other Apache Products.
>> There were discussions with the Mynewt project in the past concerning use
>> of some Mynewt IoT components within NuttX.  There is some possibility that
>> those conversations could continue once NuttX has Apache licensing as well.
>> 
>> 
>> =Required Resources=
>> 
>> ==Mailing lists==
>> 
>> * dev@nuttx.incubator.apache.org
>> 
>> * commits@nuttx.incubator.apache.org
>> 
>> * private@nuttx.incubator.apache.org
>> 
>> The podling may also create a user mailing list, if needed.
>> 
>> 
>> ==Source Control and Issue Tracking==
>> 
>> NuttX current uses the Bitbucket infrastructure for development.  It is
>> likely that the NuttX podling would switch to GitHub and would use Apache’s
>> gitbox integration to sync between GitHub and Apache infrastructure. The
>> podling would use GitHub issues and pull requests for community engagement.
>> 
>> Current Resources
>> 
>> * Initial source: https://bitbucket.org/nuttx/
>> 
>> * Wiki Page:  http://www.nuttx.org/
>> 
>> * Google Group:  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nuttx
>> 
>> 
>> =Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan=
>> 
>> The NuttX  source code in Bitbucket is currently licensed under the BSD
>> 3-clause license and the most copyrights are assigned to the author,
>> Gregory Nutt. If NuttX becomes an Incubator project at the ASF, the project
>> will transfer the source code and trademark ownership to the Apache
>> Software Foundation via a Software Grant Agreement.
>> 
>> 
>> =External Dependencies=
>> 
>> None.  A small number of files within NuttX follow slightly different, but
>> compatible licenses including BSD 2- and 4-clause, MIT, ISC, and Public
>> Domain.
>> 
>> 
>> =Cryptography=
>> 
>> NuttX has negligible cryptographic capabilities at present.  This is,
>> however, and are where there will be extensive future growth.
>> 
>> 
>> =Initial Committers=
>> 
>> * Gregory Nutt gnutt@nuttx.org
>> 
>> * Xiao Xiang xiaoxiang@xiaomi.com
>> 
>> * Anthony Merlino anthony@vergeaero.com
>> 
>> * Alin Jerpelea alin.jerpelea@sony.com
>> 
>> * David Sidrane david.sidrane@nscdg.com
>> 
>> * Alan Carvalho de Assis acassis@gmail.com
>> 
>> * Nathan Hartman hartman.nathan@gmail.com
>> 
>> * Abdelatif GUETTOUCHE abdelatif.guettouche@gmail.com
>> 
>> =Sponsors=
>> 
>> * Champion and mentor: Junping Du junping_du@apache.org
>> 
>> * Mentor: Justin Mclean jmclean@apache.org
>> 
>> * Mentor: Mohammad Asif Siddiqui asifdxtreme@apache.org
>> 
>> * Mentor: Flavio Paiva Junqueira fpj@apache.org
>> 
>> 
>> =Sponsoring Entity=
>> 
>> * The Apache Incubator
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> [1] https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/INCUBATOR/NuttXProposal
>> 
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> 
>> Junping
>> 


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