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Incubator

19 Mar 2014 [Roman Shaposhnik / Roy]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and
codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

There are 33 podlings currently under incubation.

* Community

  New IPMC members:

    Justin Mclean

  People who left the IPMC: 

    (None)

* New Podlings

    (None)

* Graduations

  The board has motions for the following:

    (None)

  The following graduations have been approved by
  the previous board meeting but haven't been recorded
  in the incubator report:

    Knox
    Spark

* Releases

  The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

    Feb  2 Apache Spark 0.9.0-incubating
    Feb  2 Apache Falcon 0.4-incubating
    Feb  5 Apache Twill 0.1.0-incubating
    Feb 10 Apache Olingo 1.1.0-incubating
    Feb 21 Apache Storm 0.9.1-incubating
    Feb 24 Apache Celix 1.0.0-incubating
    Feb 28 Apache Tez 0.3.0-incubating

  It took 2-10 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

    Release                               VOTE start  Third IMPC +1  Days
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
    Apache Spark 0.9.0-incubating         Jan 24      Jan 31          5
    Apache Falcon 0.4-incubating          Jan 24      Feb  2         10
    Apache Twill 0.1.0-incubating         Feb  1      Feb  4          3
    Apache Olingo 1.1.0-incubating        Jan 31      Feb 10         10
    Apache Storm 0.9.1-incubating         Feb 13      Feb 16          3
    Apache Celix 1.0.0-incubating         Feb 16      Feb 22          6
    Apache Tez 0.3.0-incubating           Feb 26      Feb 28          2

* Miscellaneous

  * NPanday missed two reports in a row and community activity is low.
    This has been escalated to the project's mentors.

  * A proposal for Hoya, an application to deploy and manage existing
    distributed applications in a YARN cluster, is still pending a vote.

  * The Apache Phoenix podling is concerned that an import of existing
    issues database into ASF JIRA is taking too long

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Not yet ready to graduate

  No release(s):
    
    BatchEE
    DataFu
    log4cxx2
    Phoenix
    Wave
    Streams
    
  Community growth:
 
    DeviceMap
    Drill
    Falcon
    MRQL
    Kalumet
    Streams

  Considering retirement:
  
    S4

* Ready to graduate 

    Allura
    Tajo

* Did not report, expected next month

    NPanday

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Allura
BatchEE
DataFu
DeviceMap
Drill
Falcon
Kalumet
log4cxx2
MRQL
NPanday
Phoenix
S4
Sentry
Sirona
Storm
Streams
Tajo
Wave

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19 Feb 2014

Change the Apache Incubator Project Chair

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Marvin Humphrey
 to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation of
 Marvin Humphrey from the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator,
 and

 WHEREAS, the Project Management Committee of the Apache Incubator
 project has chosen by vote to recommend Roman Shaposhnik as the
 successor to the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Marvin Humphrey is relieved and
 discharged from the duties and responsibilities of the office of Vice
 President, Apache Incubator, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Roman Shaposhnik be and hereby is
 appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, to serve
 in accordance with and subject to the direction of the Board of
 Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until death, resignation,
 retirement, removal or disqualification, or until a successor is
 appointed.

 Special Order 7B, Change the Apache Incubator Project Chair,
 was approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

19 Feb 2014 [Marvin Humphrey / Doug]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and
codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

There are 36 podlings currently under incubation.

* Community

 New IPMC members:

   Suresh Srinivas
   Carl Steinbach

 People who left the IPMC:

   Dennis Lundberg

* New Podlings

   (None)

* Graduations

 The board has motions for the following:

   Open Climate Workbench

 At time of writing, graduation votes were underway for the following:

   Knox
   Spark

* Releases

 The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

   Jan 21 Apache Metamodel 4.0.0-incubating

 It took 9 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

   Release                             RC VOTE start  Third IMPC +1   Days
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Apache Metamodel 4.0.0-incubating   Dec 12         Dec 21      9

* IP Clearance

 * Salesforce donated the code for Phoenix, an open source SQL query engine
   for Apache HBase, a NoSQL data store. It is accessed as a JDBC driver
   and enables querying and managing HBase tables using SQL. 

* Miscellaneous

 * The issue of how best to integrate with GitHub is a recurring topic of
   discussion.  Infra added a new feature -- forwarding of comments on pull
   requests to dev lists -- which was well received.  However, as GitHub's
   interface is an external commercial service rather than something we run
   on our own hardware, it is difficult to ensure that communications
   will be archived, requiring additional vigilance from PMCs.

 * A proposal for Hoya, an application to deploy and manage existing
   distributed applications in a YARN cluster, was discussed at length but
   has not yet been voted on.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Still getting started at the Incubator

   DataFu

* Not yet ready to graduate

 No release:

   Hadoop Development Tools
   log4cxx2
   Phoenix
   Usergrid

 Community growth:

   Blur
   Tez
   Twill

 Low activity:

   Droids

* Ready to graduate

   Open Climate Workbench
   Knox

* Did not report, expected next month

   BatchEE
   DeviceMap
   NPanday
   Sirona

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Blur
DataFu
DeviceMap
Droids
Hadoop Development Tools
Knox
log4cxx2
Open Climate Workbench
Phoenix
Tez
Twill
Usergrid

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15 Jan 2014 [Marvin Humphrey / Roy]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and
codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

There are 36 podlings currently under incubation.

* Community

 New IPMC members:

   (None)

 People who left the IPMC:

   (None)

* New Podlings

 * DataFu makes it easier to solve data problems using Hadoop and
   higher level languages based on it.

* Graduations

   (None)

* Releases

 The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

   Dec 16 Apache Sirona 0.1-incubating
   Dec 17 Apache Spark 0.8.1-incubating

 It took 6-21 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

   Release                               VOTE start  Third IMPC +1  Days
   ---------------------------------------------------------------------
   Apache Sirona 0.1-incubating          Nov 26      Dec 16         21
   Apache Spark 0.8.1-incubating         Dec 11      Dec 17         6

* IP Clearance

 * Apache Celix received the donation of a shared memory implementation of
   the remote service admin specification from Thales Nederland B.V..

* Miscellaneous

 * The initiative to reform release voting yielded multiple breakthroughs
   during this report cycle.

   1. An experimental framework was approved whereby PPMC votes become
      binding for releases after the first if a release checklist is
      completed by the PPMC and approved by a Mentor.
   2. A concise checklist of release requirements was assembled, where
      each item is required by either ASF-wide policy or Incubator policy.
   3. Consensus was built for a controlled regime for relaxing policy on
      incubating releases under appropriate circumstances, potentially
      reducing the number of release candidates we force podlings to cycle
      through.

   All of this was achieved with significantly fewer emails compared with
   past reform attempts.

 * Exercising the new regime for controlled relaxation of policy, a bugfix
   release by Spark (0.8.1) which bundled jar files was approved by the
   IPMC after the podling presented a roadmap to eliminating them in the
   next minor point release (0.9).

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Still getting started at the Incubator

   Log4cxx
   Phoenix

* Not yet ready to graduate

 No release:

   Aurora
   BatchEE
   MetaModel
   Ripple
   Samza
   Twill

 Community growth:

   Celix
   ODF Toolkit
   Olingo
   Sirona
   Stratos
   VXQuery

* Ready to graduate

   Spark

* Did not report, expected next month

   DeviceMap
   Usergrid

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                      Table of Contents
Aurora
BatchEE
Celix
log4cxx2
MetaModel
ODF Toolkit
Olingo
Phoenix
Ripple
Samza
Sirona
Spark
Stratos
Twill
VXQuery

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18 Dec 2013 [Marvin Humphrey / Shane]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and
codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

There are 35 podlings currently under incubation.

* Community

 New IPMC members:

   Raphael Bircher
   Dave Brondsema
   Sergio Fernández
   Lars Hofhansl
   Steven Noels
   Andrew Purtell
   Billie Rinaldi
   Sebastian Schelter
   Michael Stack
   Till Westmann

 People who left the IPMC:

   (None)

* New Podlings

 * Phoenix is an open source SQL query engine for Apache HBase, a NoSQL
   data store. It is accessed as a JDBC driver and enables querying and
   managing HBase tables using SQL.

 * Twill is an abstraction over Apache Hadoop YARN that reduces the
   complexity of developing distributed applications, allowing developers
   to focus more on their business logic

 * Log4cxx -- Logging for C++.  This new podling is a reboot of an existing
   Apache project with a fresh group of contributors.

* Graduations

 The board has motions for the following:

   Helix

* Retirements

 * The Provisionr podling voted to retire and then followed through on
   completing the retirement guide (a rarity).  Best wishes to the
   wonderful, wonderful Provisionr people in their future endeavors.

* Releases

 The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

   Nov 11 Apache Allura (incubating) 1.0.1
   Nov 13 Apache VXQuery 0.2-incubating
   Nov 14 Apache Tajo 0.2.0-incubating
   Nov 22 Apache Helix 0.6.2-incubating
   Nov 22 Apache Helix 0.7.0-incubating
   Dec 01 Apache Tez 0.2.0-incubating

 It took 0-39 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

   Release                               VOTE start  Third IMPC +1  Days
   ---------------------------------------------------------------------
   Apache Allura (incubating) 1.0.1      Oct 14      Nov 10         27
   Apache VXQuery 0.2-incubating         Oct 3       Nov 10         39
   Apache Tajo 0.2.0-incubating          Nov 1       Nov 14         13
   Apache Helix 0.6.2-incubating         Nov 15      Nov 22         7
   Apache Helix 0.7.0-incubating         Nov 15      Nov 20         5
   Apache Tez 0.2.0-incubating           Nov 26      Nov 26         0

* IP Clearance

 * Citrix has donated a plugin for Apache CloudStack to support RDP
   connectivity for virtual machines running within Hyper-V hypervisors.

 * IBM has donated Distributed UIMA Cluster Computing (DUCC), a cluster
   management system providing tooling, management, and scheduling
   facilities to automate the scale-out of applications using the UIMA
   framework.

 * Adobe has donated the Sling replication module, which allows resources
   to be replicated between Sling instances.

* Infrastructure

 * The Incubator dist area is now fully transitioned to dist.apache.org.
   Infra is pleased.

* Miscellaneous

 * The Incubator experienced a rough cycle for releases.  Several podlings
   experienced long wait times for IPMC votes.  One release made it out
   despite IP clearance not having been completed.  Another was improperly
   released with only two IPMC +1 votes.

 * The initiative to reform release voting continues.  We achieved consensus
   for one particular approach and tried it. The approach seems not to have
   succeeded (though some argue it has not been given enough time).  We are
   now negotiating a second approach.  We have not yet achieved a
   breakthrough, but progress is being made and discussions are civil and
   proceeding at a measured pace rather than overheating as past efforts
   have.

 * We've started recruiting non-IPMC shepherds and the new volunteers have
   brought substantial energy and enthusiasm to the task.

 * The Chair finished coding up several new tools around reporting which will
   hopefully make it easier to sustain high report quality into the future.
   An attempt to recruit a "Report Manager" for this cycle did not yield any
   volunteers, though.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Still getting started at the Incubator

   Twill
   Usergrid

* Not yet ready to graduate

 No release:

   Aurora
   Storm
   Wave

 Community growth:

   Allura
   Drill
   Falcon
   Kalumet
   MRQL
   NPanday
   S4
   Sentry
   Streams
   Tajo

* Ready to graduate

 The Board has resolutions for the following:

   Helix

* Did not report, expected next month

 BatchEE
 Sirona

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                      Table of Contents
Allura
Aurora
BatchEE
Drill
Falcon
Kalumet
MRQL
NPanday
S4
Sentry
Sirona
Storm
Streams
Tajo
Twill
Usergrid
Wave

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20 Nov 2013 [Marvin Humphrey / Bertrand]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and
codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

There are 36 podlings currently under incubation.

* Community

 New IPMC members:

   Daniel Gruno

 People who left the IPMC:

   (None)

* New Podlings

 * Sirona is a library around monitoring of Java application.  It aims
   to stay simple, easy and efficient.

* Graduations

 The board has motions for the following:

   Marmotta

* Retirements:

 The Tashi podling has retired.

* Releases

 The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

   Oct 11 Apache Open Climate Workbench 0.3-incubating
   Oct 16 Apache Olingo (incubating) 1.0.0
   Oct 21 Apache Knox Gateway 0.3.0-incubating
   Oct 23 Apache Ambari 1.4.1-incubating
   Oct 31 Apache MRQL 0.9.0-incubating
   Nov 08 Apache Stratos 3.0.0-incubating

 It took 2-22 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

   Release                               VOTE start  Third IMPC +1  Days
   ---------------------------------------------------------------------
   Apache OCW 0.3-incubating             Sep 24      Oct 10         16
   Apache Olingo (incubating) 1.0.0      Oct 07      Oct 11         4
   Apache Knox Gateway 0.3.0-incubating  Oct 09      Oct 14         5
   Apache Ambari 1.4.1-incubating        Oct 17      Oct 19         2
   Apache MRQL 0.9.0-incubating          Oct 08      Oct 30         22
   Apache Stratos 3.0.0-incubating       Oct 16      Oct 27         11

* IP Clearance

 * Rcouch, an alternative distribution of Apache CouchDB based
   the 1.3 release, has been accepted by the CouchDB PMC.
 * Juniper Networks, Inc has donated a plugin for Apache CloudStack to
   work with their Contrail networking software.
 * Citrix has donated a plugin for Apache CloudStack to support RDP
   connectivity for virtual machines running within Hyper-V hypervisors.

* Miscellaneous

 * Several discussion threads on project bylaws, initiated by Flex
   community pursuing refinement of their own, have made it clear just how
   difficult it is to draft good bylaws.  A number of people expressed a
   desire for a set of well-crafted, official project bylaws which all
   projects would "inherit".  Since that's hard, though, for the time being
   we're muddling through with patches to the existing ramshackle
   documentation.

 * The Incubator's perpetual difficulties getting podling releases approved
   has spawned another lively discussion.  We seem to have reached
   agreement that we can mitigate the problem by entrusting meritorious
   podling contributors with a binding vote on incubating releases; debate
   continues about what implementation to try.  At time of writing, the
   stratagem with the most popular support seems to be electing more
   podling contributors directly onto the IPMC, but the thread has not yet
   tailed off.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Still getting started at the Incubator

 Aurora
 BatchEE
 Sirona
 Storm
 Usergrid

* Not yet ready to graduate

 No release:

   DeviceMap
   Hadoop Development Tools
   Ripple
   Tez

 Community growth:

   Blur
   Knox
   Sentry

 Activity:

   Droids

* Ready to graduate

 Ambari
 Open Climate Workbench

* Did not report, expected next month

 NPanday

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                      Table of Contents
Ambari
Aurora
BatchEE
Blur
DeviceMap
Droids
Hadoop Development Tools
Knox
Open Climate Workbench
Ripple
Sentry
Sirona
Storm
Tez

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16 Oct 2013 [Marvin Humphrey / Shane]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and
codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

The Incubator grew to 39 podlings this month.

Mailing list activity on general@incubator went back up after light months
in July and August.

* Community

 New IPMC members:

   Tammo van Lessen
   Christian Müller

 People who left the IPMC:

   (None)

* New Podlings

 The Incubator has voted in four new podlings.

   * Aurora is a scheduler that provides all of the primitives necessary
     to quickly deploy and scale stateless and fault tolerant services in
     a datacenter.

   * Storm is a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime
     computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing
     of data.

   * BatchEE will be an ALv2-licensed implementation of the JBatch
     Specification which is defined as JSR-352 (for version 1.0).

   * Usergrid is a multi-tenant Backend-as-a-Service stack for web &
     mobile applications, based on RESTful APIs.

* Graduations

 The board has motions for the following:

   Chukwa
   jclouds

* Releases

 The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

   Sep 11 Apache Ambari 1.2.5-incubating
   Sep 27 Apache Drill 1.0.0-m1-incubating
   Sep 24 Apache Spark 0.8.0-incubating
   Sep 25 Apache Sentry 1.2.0-incubating
   Sep 27 Apache Blur 0.2.0-incubating
   Oct 03 Apache Marmotta 3.1.0-incubating

 It took 1-8 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

   Release                             RC VOTE start  Third IMPC +1   Days
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Apache Ambari 1.2.5-incubating      Sep 04         Sep 10          6
   Apache Drill 1.0.0-m1-incubating    Sep 11         Sep 18          7
   Apache Spark 0.8.0-incubating       Sep 17         Sep 23          6
   Apache Sentry 1.2.0-incubating      Sep 19         Sep 24          5
   Apache Blur 0.2.0-incubating        Sep 18         Sep 19          1
   Apache Marmotta 3.1.0-incubating    Sep 24         Oct 02          8

* Miscellaneous

 * Allura's release candidate, which spent weeks waiting for IPMC
   feedback, was ultimately withdrawn after flaws were discovered.

 * Commons-monitoring seems likely to enter the Incubator.  The name is
   still under discussion.

 * A question about old Chukwa binary artifacts was resolved by
   reaffirming that the ASF makes no guarantees about convenience
   binaries.

 * The Incubator paid elevated attention to trademarks this month.

 * Old controversies about what criteria to apply when adding personnel to
   a proposed podling finally bit an unlucky live podling candidate
   (Usergrid).  Hopefully it will never happen again.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Still getting started at the Incubator

 Storm

* Not yet ready to graduate

 No release:

   MetaModel
   Olingo
   Samza
   Stratos
   VXQuery

 Community growth:

   Celix
   ODF Toolkit
   Sentry

* Ready to graduate

 Chukwa
 Helix
 jclouds
 Marmotta

* Did not report, expected next month

 DeviceMap
 Ripple

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                      Table of Contents
Celix
Chukwa
DeviceMap
Helix
jclouds
Marmotta
MetaModel
ODF Toolkit
Olingo
Ripple
Samza
Sentry
Spark
Storm
Stratos
VXQuery

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18 Sep 2013 [Marvin Humphrey / Chris]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and
codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

It's been another relatively quiet and smooth month for the Incubator.

* Community

 New IPMC members:

   Ben Hindman
   Jake Farrell
   Andrei Savu

 People who left the IPMC:

   (None)

* New Podlings

 (None)

* Graduations

 The board has motions for the following:

   Curator

* Releases

 The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

   Aug 15 Apache Falcon (incubating) v0.3
   Aug 27 Apache jclouds 1.6.2-incubating

 It took 5-8 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

   Release                             RC VOTE start  Third IMPC +1   Days
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Apache Falcon (incubating) v0.3     Aug 07         Aug 12          5
   Apache jclouds 1.6.2-incubating     Aug 18         Aug 26          8

 However, the first incubating release for Allura has now been waiting since
 at least August 28 (13 days as of this writing) with only 1 IPMC vote cast
 so far.  Two rounds of polite pings have yet to scare up additional votes.

* Miscellaneous

 * Several proposals are in various states of preparation.  Two seem close
   to launching an entry VOTE: Storm, "a distributed, fault-tolerant, and
   high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong
   guarantees on the processing of data", and Aurora, "a service scheduler
   used to schedule jobs onto Apache Mesos."

 * Tashi's developers are currently running a community retirement vote.  It
   seems likely that the podling will be retired within the next few weeks.

 * VXQuery is being pressured to show progress by some IPMC members and
   defended by others.

 * The tradition of sending a "welcome" email to new podlings once their
   mailing lists are set up has been quietly introduced.  Such mails are
   cross-posted to the podling's dev list and general@incubator.  This is
   another offshoot of the "Incubator Ombud" discussions which began a few
   months ago, like the WhatToExpect wiki page.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Still getting started at the Incubator

 Samza
 Sentry
 Spark

* Not yet ready to graduate

 No release:

   Allura
   Drill
   Kalumet
   MetaModel
   MRQL
   Olingo
   Tajo
   Wave

 Community growth:

   Falcon
   Provisionr
   S4
   Streams

 Other/unspecified:

   Open Climate Workbench

* Ready to graduate

 Curator

* Did not report

 (None)

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                      Table of Contents
Allura
Curator
Drill
Falcon
Kalumet
MetaModel
MRQL
Olingo
Open Climate Workbench
Provisionr
S4
Samza
Sentry
Spark
Streams
Tajo
Wave

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21 Aug 2013 [Marvin Humphrey / Doug]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and codebases
wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

By Incubator standards, it's been a quiet month.  At 193 emails for July,
traffic on general@incubator was as light as it's been since May 2011, the
month before the Open Office proposal arrived.

* Community

 There were no changes to the IPMC roster.

* New Podlings

 Two new podlings entered the Incubator:

   Samza
   Sentry

* Graduations

 (None)

* Releases

 The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

   Jul 24 Apache Ambari 1.2.4-incubating
   Aug 08 Apache Curator 2.2.0-incubating

 It took 3-6 days for the third IPMC vote to arrive.

   Release                             RC VOTE start  Third IMPC +1   Days
   -----------------------------------------------------------------------
   Apache Ambari 1.2.4-incubating      Jul 17         Jun 23          6
   Apache Curator 2.2.0-incubating     Jul 31         Aug 02          3

* Miscellaneous

 o Discussions about a potential Incubator Ombud continued.

 o Discussions about a "welcoming committee" or other ways to facilitate
   orientation of new podlings, spun off from the WhatToExpect wiki page and
   the Ombud discussion, progressed but have not been put into action.


-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

* Still getting started at the Incubator

 o Olingo
 o Samza
 o Spark

* Not yet ready to graduate

 o Blur (no release)
 o Droids (activity)
 o Falcon (community growth)
 o Hadoop Development Tools (no release)
 o Knox (community growth)
 o MetaModel (plan around compatibility breaks from move to Apache)
 o Open Climate Workbench (community growth)
 o Tez (no release)

* Ready to graduate

 o Ambari

* Did not report

 o NPanday
 o Tashi (second missed report)

17 Jul 2013 [Marvin Humphrey / Brett]

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into the ASF for projects and codebases
wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts.

The Incubator expanded to 37 podlings this month.

* Community

  New IPMC members:

    (None)

  People who left the IPMC:

    Davanum Srinivas

  New IPMC Chair:

    Marvin Humphrey, replacing Benson Margulies

* New Podlings

  Four new podlings entered the Incubator:

    MetaModel
    Olingo
    Spark
    Stratos

* Graduations

  The board has motions for the following:

    Apache Mesos
    Apache JSPWiki

* Releases

  The following releases were made since the last Incubator report:

    Jun 20 Apache Mesos 0.12.0-incubating
    Jun 20 Apache jclouds 1.6.1-incubating
    Jun 22 Apache ODF Toolkit 0.6-incubating
    Jul 02 Apache Curator 2.1.0-incubating

  The availability of IPMC votes for podling releases remains a perennial
  problem and source of discontent.  This month, it took between 4 and 20 days
  from the start of the RC vote on the podling dev list for the third IPMC +1
  vote to be cast.

    Release                             RC VOTE start  Third IMPC +1   Days
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Apache Mesos 0.12.0-incubating      Jun 11         Jun 17          6
    Apache jclouds 1.6.1-incubating     Jun 13         Jun 17          4
    Apache ODF Toolkit 0.6-incubating   May 27         Jun 17          20  
    Apache Curator 2.1.0-incubating     Jun 20         Jun 28          8

* IP Clearance

  Cloudant's donation of BigCouch passed by lazy consensus.

* Miscellaneous

  A schism in the IPMC membership was revealed with regards to whether the
  text of a proposal may be modified while a vote is underway.  It was
  resolved that proposals may not be modified, but opinion remains sharply
  divided.

  Two new draft documentation pages were well received:

  o "What to Expect", an introduction for incoming podling contributors.
  o "Mailing List Options", guidance for requesting mailing lists.
 
  The following topics were discussed on general@incubator but have not yet
  resulted in concrete action:

  o Provisional top-level projects ("pTLP" for short), a less radical offshoot
    of the "Incubator Deconstruction" proposal.
  o The language of the Incubator's IP Clearance template (*not* the software
    grant form, only the checklist) is out of date.
  o A "Poding Bill of Rights" was proposed.  It has not been formally adopted,
    but discussion influenced the subsequently spawned "What to Expect"
    document.
  o A formal ombud position for the Incubator was proposed, and its
    composition and potential responsibilities were discussed.
  o Exit interviews for graduated podlings were proposed.  Debate centered on
    whether responses should/could/must be anonymous.

  An audit by the Chair revealed that autogenerated report reminders sent on
  July 1 failed to make it to the mailing lists of three podlings (Celix,
  Tajo, VXQuery), presumably because the emails did not make it through
  moderation.  Manual reminders were sent on July 3 (after subscribing
  temporarily to the dev lists in question to sidestep moderation).

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (3 podlings)

  MetaModel, Spark, Stratos

Not yet ready to graduate (12 podlings)

  No release:       DeviceMap, Falcon, Knox, MRQL, Open Climate Workbench,
                    Ripple, Tajo, VXQuery
  Community growth: Celix, Marmotta, ODF Toolkit, Provisionr

Ready to graduate (5 podlings)

  JSPWiki, Mesos, Chukwa, jclouds, Helix

Did not report (2 podlings)

  Tashi, Tez

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Celix
Chukwa
DeviceMap
Falcon
Helix
jclouds
JSPWiki
Knox
Marmotta
MetaModel
MRQL
ODF Toolkit
Open Climate Workbench
Provisionr
Ripple
Spark
Stratos
Tajo
Tashi
Tez
VXQuery

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Props for having the mentor check boxes in the report!

19 Jun 2013 [Benson Margulies / Bertrand]

There is nothing very novel or interesting to report this month. The
current chair exits as of this report. The reports below show the
usual mixture of informative and not-so- informative.

Several IP clearances passed via 'lazy consensus.' They couldn't be
lazier; no one on the IPMC (except the Foundation Secretary) indicated
that they reviewed this transactions.


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Allura
Curator
Drill
Falcon
HCatalog
jclouds
Kalumet
Knox
MRQL
Open Climate Workbench
Provisionr
S4
Streams
Tajo
Tez
Wave

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19 Jun 2013

Change the Apache Incubator Project Chair

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Benson
 Margulies to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation
 of Benson Margulies from the office of Vice President, Apache
 Incubator, and

 WHEREAS, the Project Management Committee of the Apache Incubator
 project has chosen by vote to recommend Marvin Humphrey as the
 successor to the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Benson Margulies is relieved
 and discharged from the duties and responsibilities of the office
 of Vice President, Apache Incubator, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Marvin Humphrey be and hereby is
 appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, to
 serve in accordance with and subject to the direction of the
 Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until death,
 resignation, retirement, removal or disqualification, or until a
 successor is appointed.

 Special Order 7D, Change the Apache Incubator Project Chair,
 was approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

15 May 2013 [Benson Margulies / Jim]

The incubator PMC continues to have difficulties with supervision and
reporting, as evinced by set of missing reports below. [1] It's not
really clear why this problem has grown worse. Perhaps the previous
chair was more capable of harnessing the efforts of the PMC, or
perhaps it's the larger number of podlings, or perhaps it's random, or
more likely it's a combination of the above.

While there is a consensus in the PMC that there are problems, there
is not a consensus about what actions to take. Several people have
proposed changes, and all of those changes have attracted a mixture of
support and opposition.

If nothing changes, either at the level of lack of reports and other
evidence of supervision problems, or with the PMC's ability to reach a
consensus, Benson is going to ask the Board for an agenda item on the
June agenda to discuss the situation.

On the positive side, the PMC has added several new members from
inside the podlings, which is one of the schemes for getting more
supervision done.

[1] There is some evidence that Marvin failed to deliver some
reminders. If true, it is a partial explanation but not a complete
excuse.

o Community

New IPMC members:

David Nalley
Henry Saputra
Hemming Schmiedenhausen
Chip Childers
Joe Brockmeier


People who left the IPMC: 

jeremias@apache.org
Stefan Bodewig

o New Podlings

jclouds

o Graduations: the board has motions for the following:

<none>

o Releases

o Legal / Trademarks

o Infrastructure

The Wiki outage was a minor disruption.


-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate

Ready to graduate


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Ambari
Blur
Curator
DeltaSpike
Droids
Falcon
Hadoop Development Tools
jclouds
Knox
Mesos
MRQL
NPanday
ODF Toolkit
Onami
Open Climate Workbench
Provisionr
Tajo
Tez

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Summary of podling reports is empty: it should be filled in or removed in subsequent reports. It was noted the Droids has been in the incubator, and while the report cites Activity as what needs to happen, it also cites a flurry of activity.

17 Apr 2013 [Benson Margulies / Ross]

April was a month of much email at the IPMC. Two different
non-Foundation-member candidates for IPMC membership led to
controversy (each in his own way), and exposed the difficulties of
achieving consensus in a large, diverse, group.  Eventually, the two
cases were resolved, and the community proceeded to a public
conversation about decision-making process, agreeing to use a
3/4-majority voting rule when considering non-Foundation-member
candidates.

The voluminous and frustrating email on this subject, combined with
the ongoing questions around supervision (are enough mentors paying
attention?) led to a renewed debate on the structure, and indeed,
existence, of the IPMC as currently constituted. This debate
continues.

o Community

New IPMC members:

Henry Saputra
David Nalley

People who left the IPMC:

Felix Meschberger
Nicolas Lalevée
Stefan Bodewig
Jeremias Maerki

o New Podlings

Curator

o Graduations

<No mentors filled this in, and there are no motions before the board
 as of 12 April.>

o Releases

<No mentors filled this in.>

o Legal / Trademarks

<Nothing to report.>

o Infrastructure

<Nothing to report.>

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate

 Marmotta

Not yet ready to graduate, needs attention
 VXQuery

Ready to graduate


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                      Table of Contents
Celix
Chukwa
Curator
DeviceMap
Falcon
Hadoop Development Tools
Helix
JSPWiki
Knox
Marmotta
Mesos
MRQL
ODF Toolkit
Open Climate Workbench
Provisionr
Ripple
Tajo
Tashi
Tez
VXQuery

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20 Mar 2013 [Benson Margulies / Sam]

This month saw a significant discussion around a proposal to modify the
Incubator's policy to eliminate the option for podlings to graduate as
sub-projects of existing PMCs. While this discussion still has unresolved
issues, including moving short-form IP Clearance to legal, there is
significant support for eliminating the option for a proposed podling
to explicitly target a sub-project graduation path.  Many participants
agreed that retaining it as a viable exit path, by exception, was a
logical compromise to eliminating it all together; specifically, when
it is apparent that achieving TLP is not a viable option and there is a
PMC willing to accept the code/community.  The effect of this discussion
can already be seen in the modification of the Curator proposal to keep
TLP as a potential graduation target.

Additionally, the Incubator saw a substantial influx of new, accepted
projects with more proposals currently under discussion.  In prior
reports, the issue of mentor time & attention was raised and will need
to be watched closely with the addition of so many new projects in a
short timeframe.  The only point of immediate concern in this space is the
failed experiment for Shepherd's to self-organize. As a PMC, the Incubator
needs to determine how we will handle the assignment and execution of
the up-till-now successful shepherd role for any given report without
the direct intervention of a single individual, such as the PMC chair.

Lastly, the MRQL project proposal was championed by an individual who is
a PMC chair, but is not a foundation member or IPMC member.  Discovery
of this fact, combined with the perception that the vote was rushed,
led some in the IPMC to immediately invalidate the project proposal and
take actions to cancel creation of its resources.  Further discussions
have prompted other IPMC members to step forward as proposed champions
and mentors in an effort to get the proposal and project creation back
on track.

o Community

New IPMC members:
None

People who left the IPMC:
None

o New Podlings

The Incubator PMC voted to accept 6 new podlings since the last report

Curator - a set of Java libraries for working with Apache Zookeeper
Knox - a single point of authentication for Apache Hadoop services
MRQL* - a query processing and optimization system for large-scale
data analysis
Open Climate Workbench - a framework focused on the rapid comparison of
climate model output to remote sensing data.
Provisionr - a service to manage pools of virtual machines on multiple
clouds
Tajo - a relational and distributed data warehouse system for Hadoop
Tez - a framework for processing arbitrarily complex data-processing tasks

* The MRQL acceptance has been mired in controversy due to an issue with
the Champion's status. (See commentary)

o Graduations

The board has motions for the following:

Bloodhound
Cloudstack
cTAKES

The following projects are graduating to an existing PMC:

EasyAnt to the Ant PMC

o Releases

Apache Onami Parent 0.3-incubating
Apache EasyAnt 0.9-incubating
Apache Crunch 0.5.0-incubating
Apache Mesos 0.10-incubating

o Legal / Trademarks
No issues at this time

o Infrastructure
No issues at this time

Still getting started at the Incubator
These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
towards graduation is yet expected.

Knox
Tez

Not yet ready to graduate

Allura
Drill
HDT
Open Climate Workbench
S4
Streams

Not ready to graduate require attention

Kalumet
Wave

Ready to graduate

Bloodhound
cTAKES

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Allura
Bloodhound
cTAKES
Drill
Hadoop Development Tools
Kalumet
Knox
Open Climate Workbench
S4
Streams
Tez
Wave

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20 Feb 2013 [Benson Margulies / Rich]

The main concern of the incubator continues to be the quality and
reliability of supervision.  We know that some projects suffer from
Mentor Inattention. Individual PMC members have been volunteering to
address some of these holes. Shepherds are an additional mechanism for
taking note of problems, but not a solution to those problems. The
supply of mentoring seems, still, to exceed demand. Changes to the
report format make it somewhat easier to notice, for example, mentors
who don't sign off on reports or reports that are altogether missing.

As a change from this theme, this reporting period includes a less
conventional issue.  A podling (HCatalog) proposes to 'graduate' by
absorption into the Hive PMC. However, the terms under which Hive
proposes to absorb HCatalog strikes some PMC members as returning to
the deprecated practices of 'umbrellas' and 'subprojects', which led
to strong -1 votes on the graduation thread. On the other hand, it may
be entirely between the board and Hive to sort out whether Hive is
creating a structure that is acceptable to the board or not, and not a
matter for the IPMC to rule on.

We'd like to pose this question to the board:

There are three possible dispositions of a podling:

1. It graduates. The IPMC has a vote to recommend that the board
establish the TLP.

2. It retires. The IPMC votes to retire. The board learns in the next
IPMC report.

3. The podling community strikes an agreement to merge into some
existing TLP.

It is the third case we'd like some board feedback on. What is the
role of the IPMC in this case? A minimalist view is that all we do is
certify that the IP is cleared, and then we 'retire' the podling -- no
vote at all, or a lazy consensus to certify the IP situation. The
board, on the other hand, might look to us to vote to approve the
scheme of adoption. If the vote fails, however, then what?

o Community

New IPMC members:

Chris Douglas

People who left the IPMC:

None

o New Podlings

None.

o Graduations


The board has motions for the following:

Crunch and Clerezza have motions before the board.

o Releases

Well, I can't find any. But people may not have sent proper announcements
to general@incubator.

o Legal / Trademarks

Lovely new documentation on LICENSE and NOTICE resulted from conversations
at the IPMC.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

 Blur
 HDT
 Marmotta
 Onami
 Ripple
 Streams

Not yet ready to graduate

 Ambari
 Crunch
 Deltaspike
 Droids
 NPanday

Ready to graduate

  Clerezza


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Ambari
Blur
Clerezza
Crunch
DeltaSpike
Droids
Hadoop Development Tools
Marmotta
NPanday
Onami
Ripple
Streams

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16 Jan 2013 [Benson Margulies / Brett]

In the past month the IPMC voted to retire, and retired, Photark.  We were
unsuccessful in engaging the community members in this process; they did not
respond to email over an extended period of time.

This is the first report using a new template that helps take note of mentor
participation.

There are 53 total mentors attached to projects; 27 signed off on their
projects' reports, and 26 did not.

One project (Tashi) failed to report, this has led to a start of a
conversation about their future.  (A report was supplied on 12 Jan and has
been added here.)

This reporting cycle includes several projects that look as if they may have
stalled; shepherds have started conversations with some, and we will engage
over time with the others.

o Graduations

The board has motions for the following:

  OpenMeeting
  Etch
  Otlu 

o Releases

  None in the month covered by this report.


-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator

 Hadoop Development Tools
 Helix
 Marmotta
 Onami
 Ripple
 Streams

Not yet ready to graduate

 Low activity: DeviceMap
 Low diversity: CloudStack
 Too Small: Celix, Chukwa, Mesos, ODF Toolkit
 In Process: Drill
 No Report! Tashi
 No release: VXQuery

Ready to graduate

 EasyAnt (looking to be incorporated in an existing TLP)
 JSPWiki


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Celix
Chukwa
CloudStack
DeviceMap
Drill
EasyAnt
Hadoop Development Tools
Helix
JSPWiki
Marmotta
Mesos
ODF Toolkit
Onami
Ripple
Streams
Tashi
VXQuery

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AI: Brett: pass on feedback to IPMC

19 Dec 2012 [Benson Margulies / Brett]

This is the first report with me (Benson) in the chair. I want to call out
thanks to Jukka and others for helping me get off the ground with my chair
duties, and, of course, to again thank Jukka for his service.

As documented below, the incubator has had some exits and some entrances.
We continue to have vigorous discussions on how to achieve appropriate
supervision and coaching of podlings and how to approach small, slow, or
otherwise doubtful projects.

As with all matters of this volunteer foundation, calling people out for
not doing things is not a viable long-term strategy. From time to time, we
lose mentor involvement, and as a community we have to find more and better
ways of serving podlings that suffer from this problem.


o Community

New IPMC members: Fabian Christ, Nandana Mihindukulasooriya, Andrew Hart
People who left the IPMC: Chris Douglas

o New Podlings

oo Hadoop Development Tools
oo Marmotta

o Graduations

The board has motions for the following:

oo Wink
oo OpenMeetings
oo Flex

The IPMC voted to endorse the adoption of the Nuvem podling into the Tuscany TLP.


o Releases

Apache Flex SDK Installer 1.0-incubating released (16 Nov)
Apache Bloodhound 0.3 incubating Released (4 Dec)


-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

o Hadoop Development Tools
o Drill 
o Marmotta
o Onami
o Streams

Not yet ready to graduate

o Allura
o Helix
o Kalumet
o S4
o Wave

Ready to graduate

o Bloodhound (* there is a bit of diversity of opinion here)
o cTAKES
o Etch
o HCatalog
o Openmeetings
o Flex

Bloodhound report should mention progress towards graduation. Drill report should say what the project does. Openmeetings should mention that the reason the plugins are hosted at apache-extras.org is that they are GPL.

21 Nov 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Brett]

As mentioned last month, Jukka Zitting is resigning as the IPMC
chair due to changes in personal life. The Incubator PMC has voted
to recommend Benson Margulies as the successor for this post.

Overall the Incubator continues to work as the path for new projects
to join the ASF. There are still various unresolved issues in the
incubation process and the structures, roles and documentation
surrounding it, but none of these issues seem as unresolvable as
they did still at the beginning of this year. Also the reduction
in the number of active podlings from 59 at the beginning of the
year to 39 today has helped free up volunteer energy and time to
better focus on helping the remaining podlings.

o Community

 Roman Shaposhnik joined the Incubator PMC since our last report.

 The following podlings are requesting graduation to Apache TLPs:

 - Apache Kafka
 - Apache Syncope
 - Apache Wookie

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.

 Other podlings like Clerezza, Droids and Nuvem would otherwise seem ready
 for graduation, but their low community activity seems risky for a standalone
 TLP. Thus they're looking at possibly graduating into broader existing TLPs.
 See the respective reports for more details on these plans.

 The following proposals for new incubating projects were accepted:

 - Apache Hadoop Development Tools
 - Apache Onami

 The proposal for a new Apache Streams podling is being voted on, and
 various other proposals for new projects are being prepared.

 The previously mentioned vote to retire the Apache Kitty podling passed.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - October 15th, 2012: Apache Droids 0.2.0-incubating
 - October 30th, 2012: Apache Syncope 1.0.3-incubating
 - November 2nd, 2012: Apache CloudStack 4.0.0-incubating
 - November 12th, 2012: Apache Flex SDK Installer 1.0.9-incubating
 - November 15th, 2012: Apache Bloodhound 0.2-incubating

 The crypto export issue of the Wookie podling is still open and is
 blocking their releases. Assistance from the legal team is requested.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The trademark team continues to be helpful in resolving various
 trademark-related issues that come up with many podlings.

 Apart from the crypto export issue mentioned above there
 are currently no major open legal issues that would require
 board attention.

o Infrastructure

 The first few podlings using the previously proposed streamlined
 podling.incubator.apache.org infrastructure are now up and running.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (4 podlings)

 Blur, Drill, Helix, Ripple

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (6 podlings)

 Low activity:  Clerezza, Droids, NPanday, Nuvem, PhotArk
 Low diversity: Ambari

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues. 

Ready to graduate (6 podlings)

 Amber, Crunch, DeltaSpike, Syncope, Wookie, Wink

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

21 Nov 2012

Change Chair for Apache Incubator

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Jukka
 Zitting to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation
 of Jukka Zitting from the office of Vice President, Apache
 Incubator, and

 WHEREAS, the Project Management Committee of the Apache Incubator
 project has chosen by vote to recommend Benson Margulies as
 the Successor to the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Jukka Zitting is
 relieved and discharged from the duties and responsibilities of
 the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Benson Margulies be and hereby
 is appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, to
 serve in accordance with and subject to the direction of the
 Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until
 death, resignation, retirement, removal or disqualification, or
 until a successor is appointed.

 Special Order 7B, Change Chair for Apache Incubator, was
 approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

17 Oct 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Jim]

The biggest news this month is that of the OpenOffice project,
along with Cordova and Isis, becoming ready to graduate from
the Incubator. As noted below, we feel that these projects are
capable of governing themselves as standalone TLPs according
to Apache policies and the Apache Way, and recommend the board
to accept the respective resolutions.

In other news, Jukka Zitting announced his intention to resign
as the IPMC chair due to changes in personal life. Discussion
about and nominations for the next IPMC chair are open, and we
expect to have a related resolution ready in time for the
November board meeting.

o Community

 There were no changes to the Incubator PMC since our last report.
 The IPMC currently has 168 members.

 The following podlings are requesting graduation to Apache TLPs:

 - Apache Cordova
 - Apache Isis
 - Apache OpenOffice

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.

 The following proposals for new incubating projects are being voted on:

 - Apache Helix
 - Apache Ripple

 In addition there seems to be some interest in reviving the earlier idea of
 bringing the BeanShell project (http://beanshell.org/) to the ASF through
 the Incubator.

 Meanwhile the AWF podling was retired due to inactivity, and the Kitty
 podling is voting to retire itself for the same reason.

 JSPWiki is our oldest podling with over five years in the Incubator.
 Activity in JSPWiki was very low for a few years and they've yet to
 create their first Apache release. Earlier this year they discussed
 leaving the Incubator and the ASF since they clearly weren't making
 much progress. That discussion led to some revival of activity and
 the decision to continue in the Incubator. Unfortunately the podling
 no longer has enough active mentors, which has led to some trouble
 with premature attempts at cutting releases or graduating. Despite
 these troubles the podling is making progress, and with sufficient
 help from the IPMC they might well become ready to graduate within
 a few quarters.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - September 20th, 2012: Apache Crunch 0.3.0-incubating
 - September 24th, 2012: Apache Ambari 0.9-incubating
 - October 1st, 2012: Apache Cordova 2.1.0-incubating
 - October 8th, 2012: Apache Syncope 1.0.2-incubating
 - October 12th, 2012: Apache Kafka 0.7.2-incubating

 The Wookie podling has an open crypto export issue that's blocking
 their release. Since it looks like the issue can be resolved in time
 and the podling can demonstrate ability to cut releases, they can
 proceed towards graduation already before the resolution of that issue.

 We discussed key signing and various ways of getting more podling
 release managers into the Apache web of trust. No concrete actions
 have yet come out of that discussion, but there's been plenty of
 good ideas that may end up being implemented after a while.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The DeviceMap podling encountered a tricky issue with unclear
 ownership of a data file they planned to use. The resolution for
 now is to steer clear of trouble by not including that file.
 See the DeviceMap report and the mentioned issue for more details.

 A somewhat related question came up from CloudStack about how to
 handle files that we can't redistribute due to upstream licensing
 or Apache policies. They had a few such files in imported version
 history, and the consensus was that it's fine as long as such files
 are removed from the heads of all active branches (so they won't be
 included in releases) and that there's no need to modify older
 revisions as long as something like that is not explicitly requested.

o Infrastructure

 The infra team started looking at ways to streamline the various
 tasks related to podling setup and graduation. In practice this
 would mean making podling infra resemble more that of a standalone
 TLP (for example with separate podling.incubator.apache.org or even
 podling.apache.org domains), which seems like a reasonable thing
 to do as long as the incubation disclaimers remain prominent.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (2 podlings)

 Blur, Drill

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (11 podlings)

 No release:    Celix, Cloudstack, JSPWiki, VXQuery
 Low activity:  Chukwa, DeviceMap, Kitty, Tashi
 Low diversity: EasyAnt, Mesos, ODF Toolkit

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues.

Ready to graduate (1 podling)

 Kafka

 We expect this project to graduate within the next quarter.

19 Sep 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Ross]

The Incubator continues to work reasonably well, with no major issues that
would require direct board attention or assistance.

The downward trend in the number of podlings at the Incubator continues thanks
to the efforts to more actively help podlings towards graduation and to retire
old, inactive podlings. The rate of this change has leveled off over summer,
but we still graduate or retire some 2-3 podlings while accepting only 1-2 new
podlings on average per month.

Current podlings can be roughly divided in three equal-sized groups based on
the time they've spent in the Incubator: a) less than a year, b) less than two
years, and c) more than two years. Of the podlings reporting this month only
Etch, Isis and NPanday fall into the last group, and we're happy to see at
least Etch and Isis being close to graduation in near future.

o Community

 Noah Slater joined the Incubator PMC since our last report.

 The following podlings are requesting graduation to an Apache TLP:

 - Apache Airavata
 - Apache SIS
 - Apache Stanbol

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.
 The vote to recommend graduation of the Bigtop podling is in progress.

 The following proposal for a new incubating project was accepted:

 - Apache Drill

 A proposal for a new project called MetaModel was brought up for discussion.

 Only one of the podlings reporting in this month is having trouble with
 low levels of community activity; see the NPanday report for details.
 The interesting bit here is that just a bit over a quarter ago NPanday
 looked like it was just about ready to graduate.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - August 16th, 2012: Apache S4 0.5.0-incubating
 - August 20th, 2012: Apache Wink 1.2.1-incubating
 - August 22nd, 2012: Apache Bigtop 0.4.0-incubating
 - August 23rd, 2012: Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1-incubating
 - August 24th, 2012: Apache DeltaSpike 0.3-incubating
 - September 4th, 2012: Apache OpenMeetings Moodle Plugin 1.4-incubating
 - September 6th, 2012: Apache Syncope 1.0.1-incubating
 - September 14th, 2012: Apache Bloodhound 0.1-incubating

 All the four podlings categorized below as being blocked on graduation
 by the lack of an Apache release have been in that state for quite a while.
 Ambari and Cordova are just on the verge of their first release, and we've
 asked Kalumet and Wave to put more focus on getting a release out.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The question of whether Openmeetings can releasing modules for
 3rd party products with proprietary or copyleft licenses (LEGAL-147)
 is unresolved and currently blocks one of their releases. Clarification
 from the legal team on whether such cases can indeed be treated as
 platform dependencies would be welcome.

 It was noted that the podling status pages do not always have up to
 date information about IP clearance. We've tried to put some focus
 on this issue during podling reviews.

o Infrastructure

 The recent OpenOffice release caused some trouble by contacting
 svn.apache.org as a part of the build.

 Many of the recent new podlings have opted for Git as their version
 control system, which has caused some strain as the relevant infra
 processes are still being developed.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (4 podlings)

 Allura, Blur, cTAKES, Drill

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (7 podlings)

 No release:    Ambari, Cordova, Kalumet, Wave
 Low activity:  NPanday
 Low diversity: Bloodhound, Flex

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues.

Ready to graduate (7 podlings)

 Bigtop, Etch, HCatalog, Isis, OpenMeetings, OpenOffice, S4

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

15 Aug 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Roy]

This report changes the way report reviews are indicated. Instead of the
"Signed off by mentor" line, we're now using a more generic "Signed-off-by"
notation for all interested IPMC members to sign off reports that they've
reviewed. Some podling reports also have explicit comments from IPMC members.

o Community

 Ted Dunning and Branko Čibej joined the Incubator PMC since our last report.

 The following podlings are requesting graduation to an Apache TLP:

 - Apache DirectMemory
 - Apache Lucene.NET

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.
 A number of other podlings are currently preparing for graduation.

 The following proposal for a new incubating project was accepted:

 - Apache Blur

 A proposal for a new project called Drill was brought up for discussion.

 We're continuing the work started in May to better identify absent mentors
 and thus have a clearer picture of podlings without enough active help and
 oversight. Efforts to find replacement mentors have seen mixed success so
far.

 Some of the podlings with low activity haven't seen much improvement over
 many quarters already. We're working with those projects to seek appropriate
 exit strategies from the Incubator. Such projects make the majority of
 podlings that have been incubating for years already.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - July 18th, 2012: Apache Any23 0.7.0-incubating
 - July 23rd, 2012: Apache SIS 0.2-incubating
 - July 26th, 2012: Apache Flex 4.8.0-incubating
 - July 26th, 2012: Apache Openmeetings 2.0-incubating
 - July 27th, 2012: Apache Syncope 1.0.0-RC3-incubating
 - July 30th, 2012: Apache Amber 0.22-incubating
 - August 2nd, 2012: Apache Airavata 0.4-incubating

 Cutting releases in the Incubator remains a difficult task. We discussed
 starting a "release task force" to help fix this, and there have already
 been some good ideas on how to do that. Unfortunately there are few concrete
 improvements yet, and meanwhile podlings continue having trouble attracting
 enough IPMC attention on their release candidates.

 The vote on an upcoming Bloodhound release brought up the topic of how
 relaxed we can be in interpreting the Apache release policy for podling
 releases. The current thinking is that since these are official Apache
 releases so notable breaches of policy that materially affect our rights
 or those of our downstream users to distribute or use the released code
 are allowed only if explicitly cleared by legal. Smaller issues like
 minor mistakes in source headers or partially incomplete licensing metadata
 can be allowed in an incubating release as long there's a commitment to
 fix such issues in time for the next release.

 We also did some cleanup in /dist/incubator of old releases by projects
 that have already graduated and have more recent releases.

o Legal / Trademarks

 See podling reports for a few ongoing and already resolved issues.
 The only bigger issue that may be of interest to the board is the
 contribution of the GeoTk codebase that led the SIS podling into
 discussions with the OSGeo foundation. See the SIS report for details.

o Infrastructure

 One topic for the proposed release task force to look into is the
 migration of /dist/incubator to svnpubsub within the next few months.
 No progress on this yet.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (4 podlings)

 Allura, CloudStack, Crunch, cTAKES

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (5 podlings)

 Low activity:  Clerezza, Droids, Nuvem
 Low diversity: PhotArk, Syncope

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues.

Ready to graduate (8 podlings)

 Airavata, Amber, DeltaSpike, Lucene.NET, SIS, Stanbol, Wink, Wookie

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

Missed reports (2 podlings)

 Ambari, NPanday

 These projects failed to report in time. A report is expected next month.

The question of SIS request for board-level backing for contributing code that was assigned to OSGeo has been resolved. The license agreement was confirmed to allow contributing the code to Apache.

25 Jul 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Doug]

This is the sixth Incubator report since we started putting more effort into
overseeing our podlings and keeping better track of their progress towards
graduation.

Over that time we had 51 podlings reporting twice on normal schedule. Of those
podlings, one was stuck at IP clearance, four continued without a release,
seven had a low level of activity for the whole quarter, and another seven
were in various other stages without significant progress towards graduation.
Many of these cases are already resolved, and the remaining are being looked
at in more detail.

Over the same six-month time period we saw thirteen projects graduate,
three retire, and five enter the Incubator as new podlings. There are
currently 49 podlings in the Incubator.

o Community

 Jörn Kottmann and Rich Bowen joined the Incubator PMC since our last report.

 The Lucene.Net podling is currently preparing for graduation.

 The following proposal for a new incubating project was accepted:

 - Apache Allura

 A proposal for a new project called Blur was brought up for discussion.

 Various inactive podlings are being retired. We decided to retire
 the Kato podling as mentioned in last month's report. This month
 both the AWF and Kitty podlings are being considered for retirement
 due to inactivity. See the relevant cursory reports for details.

 The proposed resolution to establish the Apache Steve project was briefly
 discussed, and the general consensus was that there is no specific need
 for the project to first go through incubation as the codebase and the
 development community around it already exists within the ASF.

 The role of a Sponsor, i.e. an existing TLP that plans to take a podling
 up as a subproject upon graduation, came up in discussion related to
 the EasyAnt podling. Such a role reflects the concept of an umbrella
 project and is thus no longer that relevant. Whether to discontinue or
 redefine the Sponsor role remains to be decided.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - June 21st, 2012: Apache Airavata 0.3-incubating
 - June 22nd, 2012: Apache Wookie 0.11.0-incubating
 - June 25th, 2012: Apache Syncope 1.0.0-RC2-incubating
 - June 27th, 2012: Apache Kafka 0.7.1-incubating
 - July  9th, 2012: Apache DirectMemory 0.1-incubating
 - July 10th, 2012: Apache Stanbol Entityhub 0.10.0-incubating

 In addition the release of Apache Any23 0.7.0-incubating is imminent,
 as the release vote has just passed.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The instructions on checking project names for suitability as trademarks are
 a bit inconsistent and partially outdated. We're working on fixing that.

o Infrastructure

 Some of the recently graduated podlings have had trouble clearly
 communicating to the infrastructure team everything that's needed
 for migrating project infrastructure to a TLP. We'll need to find a
 way to better instruct podlings on this as they prepare to graduate.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (4 podlings)

 Allura, CloudStack, Crunch, cTAKES

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (12 podlings)

 No release:    Any23, Celix, JSPWiki, VXQuery
 Low activity:  AWF, DeviceMap, EasyAnt, Kitty, ODF Toolkit
 Low diversity: Chukwa, Mesos, Tashi

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues.

Ready to graduate (3 podlings)

 DirectMemory, Kafka, Oozie

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

(Incubator)

AI Doug: ask that shepherd comments be put into the report.

20 Jun 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Jim]

The Incubator continues to guide podlings towards graduation. The shepherd
model we tried last month is working fairly well, with most of the podling
reports this month reviewed both by mentors and the assigned shepherds.
Meanwhile we're still encountering problems with mentor attrition.

o Community

 Suresh Marru, Jakob Homan, Tomaž Muraus, Andy Seaborne, Arvind Prabhakar
 and Mahadev Konar joined and Ian Holsman resigned from the Incubator PMC
 since our last report.

 The following podling is requesting graduation to an Apache TLP:

 - Apache Flume

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.
 The IPMC is currently voting on the graduation of the VCL podling.

 The question of community diversity as a graduation issue was discussed.
 See the Flume report for details.

 The following proposals for new incubating projects were accepted:

 - Apache Crunch
 - Apache cTAKES

 Initial proposals for Apache Parser and Apache Busilet were discussed, but
 they still need some work before acceptance.

 The Crunch proposal led to a discussion about how new podlings can or
 should be constructing the initial list of committers. The outcome of
 the discussion was that ideally, when constructing the proposal, the
 project together with its champion and possible mentors should decide
 whether to open the list to any interested people or to simply use an
 existing pre-Apache list of committers. The selected approach should be
 mentioned on the proposal and applied consistently.

 The Kato podling is inactive and we're considering retiring it. See the Kato
 report for details.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - May 2012: Apache Mesos 0.9.0-incubating
 - May 16th, 2012: Apache HCatalog 0.4.0-incubating
 - May 21st, 2012: Apache Wink 1.2.0-incubating
 - May 24th, 2012: Apache Wookie 0.10.0-incubating
 - June 1st, 2012: Apache Syncope 1.0.0-RC1-incubating
 - June 9th, 2012: Apache Oozie 3.2.0-incubating

 In addition the Apache ManifoldCF 0.5.1 release was shipped under
 the /dist/incubator space as the project was still in process of
 graduating from the Incubator.

 The previously reported discussion about "distribution" releases
 reached a working consensus. See the Bigtop report for details.

 Cutting their first Apache release remains a big step for many
 podlings as seen in this month's report summary.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The Flex trademark licensing deal is progressing. See the Flex
 report for details.

o Infrastructure

 The many graduating projects are producing quite a bit of
 infrastructure work. This situation can be expected to continue
 for the next few months, as the number of podlings getting ready
 to graduate remains high.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (2 podlings)

 CloudStack, Crunch

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (9 podlings)

 No release:    Bloodhound, Cordova, Flex, Kalumet, S4, Openmeetings, Wave
 Low activity:  Kato
 Low diversity: Bigtop

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues. 

Ready to graduate (5 podlings)

 Etch, Flume, HCatalog, Isis, OpenOffice

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

Props to Jukka for a good report.

16 May 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Roy]

The trend of more podlings graduating than are coming in continues, which
is a good thing given the backlog of stuck projects the Incubator has
accumulated over the past years. This trend is also visible in the podling
categorization we've been doing since February. The number of podlings
in the rough starting/incubating/graduating categories has gone from
7/13/4 in February to 2/9/7 now.

Our recent focus on report review with active feedback to and dialogue with
the podlings has helped drive this progress. Until now this extra effort has
come from just a few individuals, but we're working on ways to make this
more sustainable by sharing the work for example by having IPMC volunteers
as "shepherds" who'll review specific reports in more detail. Initial results
seem promising.

While not designed to replace the existing mentor model, the extra reviews
have helped spot and deal with many cases where podlings have been in need
of extra help or just some gentle pushing ahead. We're looking at ways to
track mentor activity in order to better identify such cases before they
become too troublesome.

o Community

 There were no changes to the Incubator PMC since our last report.
 The IPMC currently has 158 members.

 The following podlings are requesting graduation to Apache TLPs:

 - Apache Hama
 - Apache MRUnit
 - Apache Giraph
 - Apache ManifoldCF

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.

 The Zeta Components podling has retired due to low activity.

 The JSPWiki podling started a graduation vote, but it was withdrawn after
 concerns about the low project activity were raised. Based on feedback from
 general@, the community hopes to make another release and some other progress
 before restarting the graduation vote.

 There is an interesting thread on general@ about the sometimes vague
 boundary between redistributing upstream dependencies as standalone
 components or integral parts of an Apache product. The BigTop podling,
 where this issue came up, will hopefully summarize this discussion in more
 detail in their next report.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The retired Zeta Components codebase was migrated to GitHub where it
 retains the project name (without the "Apache" prefix) even though not
 much new activity is expected. The move was handled well, with
 trademarks@ in the loop.

 The Amber project has been stuck for a long time with an IP clearance
 issue that they have been unable to resolve by themselves. It seems like
 this issue could have been resolved one way or another already years ago
 with more mentor help, which unfortunately has been lacking.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - April 16th, 2012: Apache ManifoldCF 0.5-incubating
 - April 23rd, 2012: Apache Jena LARQ 1.0.0-incubating
 - April 28th, 2012: Apache MRUnit 0.9.0-incubating
 - May 5th, 2012: Apache Airavata 0.2-incubating
 - May 8th, 2012: Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0-incubating
 - May 9th, 2012: Apache Stanbol 0.9.0-incubating

 The Apache Mesos 0.9.0-incubating release is just hitting the mirrors
 after a lenghty release vote that failed to attract enough IPMC votes
 for quite a while.

o Infrastructure

 The Flex project is still blocked with its migration to ASF infrastructure,
 which seems to be a major contributing factor to the downwards trend seen
 in Flex list activity. A solution or at least some workaround is urgently
 needed.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

Still getting started at the Incubator (2 podlings)

 CloudStack, Syncope

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (9 podlings)

 IP clearance:  Amber
 No release:    Flex
 Low activity:  Ambari, Droids, Nuvem, Photark
 Low diversity: Airavata, DeltaSpike, SIS

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues. 

Ready to graduate (7 podlings)

 Clerezza, Lucene.NET, NPanday, Stanbol, VCL, Wink, Wookie

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

AI: Jim ask deltaspike to get their web site organized

18 Apr 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Jim]

The biggest Incubator news since our last report is the CloudStack project
seeking to enter the ASF. This and other topics as summarized below have
kept us busy lately. At times the related discussions have gotten a bit
heated, but for the most part the Incubator is functioning acceptably.

The overall trend currently is for more podlings to graduate than are coming
in as newly proposed projects. Given the backlog of stuck projects and the
recent focus on pushing then forward this trend can be expected to continue
at least for the next few months.

o Community

 Chris Hostetter, Leo Simons, Michael McCandless, Ted Leung and William Rowe
 resigned from the Incubator PMC since our last report.

 The following podlings are requesting graduation to Apache TLPs:

 - Apache Creadur
 - Apache Jena

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.

 We received a proposal to accept the CloudStack project as a new podling.
 The proposal has received quite a bit of excitement and many volunteer
 mentors. On the other hand there were some concerns about the publicity
 around the proposal (current Incubator policy prohibits publicity-seeking
 in the proposal phase). Another issue of note is the handling of patents
 that was raised as a potential issue for the proposed podling. The vote
 to accept CloudStack for incubation is currently in progress.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The Flex podling continues working on a custom trademark licensing deal
 with Adobe. See the Flex report for mode details.

 A point was raised about including the project branding checklist in
 podling graduation criteria. This seems like a useful change, though the
 details are still to be worked out.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - March 12th, 2012: Apache Tashi 201203-incubating
 - March 20th, 2012: Apache Rave 0.9-incubating
 - March 23rd, 2012: Apache Jena Fuseki 0.2.1-incubating
 - March 27th, 2012: Apache Flume 1.1.0-incubating
 - April 2nd, 2012: Apache Bigtop 0.3.0-incubating

 Apache OpenOffice used Apache mirrors to distribute binary security
 patches for fixing the CVE-2012-0037 issue in OpenOffice.org 3.3 and
 3.4 beta. Even though the /dist/incubator area was used, this wasn't
 considered an official Apache release and the distribution was not
 formally blessed by the Incubator PMC. See the OpenOffice report
 about the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the patch.

 A notable discussion came up in relation to a release candidate by
 the ManifoldCF podling. Based on more or less standard practice in
 many Ant-based Java projects in and outside the ASF and related
 mentor guidance the podling was including libraries from upstream
 projects as binary dependencies inside the source release package.
 It was pointed out that an Apache release must contain nothing
 that isn't included in source form, and rough consensus from the
 resulting discussion agreed with this view. The ManifoldCF release
 candidate was withdrawn and is being revised for this, but the
 broader issue of many Apache projects shipping binary dependencies
 inside their source releases still remains. Board guidance on
 how projects should deal with this regarding both current and past
 releases would be appreciated.

 Followup discussion and related feedback from podlings suggests
 that our existing release documentation is not up to the task of
 providing clear and consistent guidance to support our projects.
 More work in this area is clearly needed.

o Infrastructure

 The Flex project continues to have trouble with their migration to
 Apache infrastructure as explained in more detail in their report.
 A suggestion was made that, if possible, they could/should use
 external infrastructure to avoid blocking development until the
 migration issues have been resolved. This is in line with other
 podlings that have migrated their infrastructure to Apache gradually
 in smaller steps.

 More generally with complex podlings like OpenOffice, Flex and the
 proposed CloudStack project stressing infra resources and the steady
 flow of various Incubator-related infrastructure issues (especially
 around podlings entering and existing the Incubator) we feel that
 the Incubator is putting quite a bit of load on the infrastructure
 team. It would be great if the foundation could help through increased
 funding or other help to infrastructure.

 One proposal that was discussed for helping the life of both podlings
 and infrastructure was about allowing new podlings to set up their
 infrastructure directly at the expected final TLP locations. The details
 of that proposal are still open.

 Due to spamming the Incubator wiki was configured to require explicit
 authorization of new contributors.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

We reviewed all podlings reporting in this quarter and categorized them
according to their progress through the Incubator and the most pressing
issues that are currently blocking progress.

Still getting started at the Incubator (2 podlings)

 DeviceMap, Syncope

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (17 podlings)

 IP clearance: -
 No release: Any23, Cordova, DirectMemory, Flex, JSPWiki, Mesos, OpenOffice
 Low activity: AWF, Celix, EasyAnt, Kitty, VXQuery
 Low diversity: Chukwa, Kafka, ODF Toolkit, Oozie, Tashi

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues. 

Ready to graduate (1 podlings)

 Giraph

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

-------------------- Detailed Reports --------------------
Any23

Anything To Triples (any23) is a library, a web service and a command line
tool that extracts structured data in RDF format from a variety of Web
documents. Currently it supports the following input formats:

 - RDF/XML, Turtle, Notation 3
 - RDFa with RDFa1.1 prefix mechanism
 - Microformats: Adr, Geo, hCalendar, hCard, hListing, hResume, hReview,
   License, XFN and Species
 - HTML5 Microdata: (such as Schema.org)
 - CSV: Comma Separated Values with separator auto-detection.

Any23 was voted into the Incubator by the IPMC on October 1, 2011.

The community has seen steady levels of traffic with the dev list receiving
281 hits in March; an increase from the previous month.

One very interesting thread related to the webdatacommons.org project, which
recently used Apache Any23 to extract embedded structured data from web
pages. The project scales to cover several billion web pages, so we are
very confident that the Any23 community is growing interest, this news
reflects that view.

We were recently contacted by the W3C's Semantic Web Activity Lead
(Ivan Herman), and have been invited to provide an EARL report of Any23's
test results with regards to the RDFa test suite, so that we could include
it into http://rdfa.info/earl-reports/ We have been given until the end of
April to submit.

We are very close to VOTE'ing on the 0.7.0-incubating release (1st during
incubation), and Simone Tripodi has stepped up as release manager. We are
currently discussing when to push for the RC.

Chris Mattmann is investigating the use of Any23 as one potential component
in implementing GeoSPARQL, along with Jena, Tika and Apache SIS.

Signed off by mentor: mattmann

21 Mar 2012 [Jukka Zitting / Sam]

Many thanks to Noel Bergman for his service as the chairman of the
Incubator PMC over the past eight years!

The discussions about the role and structure of the Incubator over
the past few months have receded as we've recently been focusing more
on the status and concrete issues of individual podlings. This has
resulted in a notable improvement in the overall atmosphere in the
Incubator, though some of the deeper issues that were identified
earlier may come back to haunt us unless we revisit them at some point.

Based on the discussion during the last board meeting and related
thoughts on general@incubator.apache.org we have decided to keep
including individual podling reports as a part of the main Incubator
report. The main rationale for this is that we want to teach podlings
the habit of reporting all the way to the ASF board (with help from
and extra review by the IPMC) instead of positioning the Incubator PMC
as a "mini-board" that filters out and just summarizes podling reports.

That said, we did put extra effort in reviewing podling reports and
highlighting issues that might be of special interest to the board.
Comments and feedback on this approach would be welcome.

o Community

 Matt Franklin and Colm O hEigeartaigh joined the Incubator PMC since
 our last report.

 The following podlings are requesting graduation to Apache TLPs:

 - Apache Accumulo
 - Apache Lucy
 - Apache Rave
 - Apache Sqoop

 The Incubator PMC recommends the board to accept the respective resolutions.
 Other podlings like RAT (Creadur) are currently preparing for graduation.

 No new project proposals have been received since our last report.

 The initial response to our recent increased emphasis on report review
 has been positive, and it looks like the effort is starting to bear fruit
 in terms of timely reports and a gradually improving focus on graduation
 plans across the Incubator.

 Community activity and diversity remain the most common graduation blockers
 for incubating projects. We are seeking ways to better track such things
 and help podlings grow their communities. There's been talk about
 cooperation with ComDev on this front, but so far nothing concrete
 has come out of this.

 Of particular note community-wise is the Kato podling that no longer
 considers itself blocked by Oracle's position on JSR 326. See the Kato
 report for more details and thoughts on the project's future.

o Releases

 The following incubating releases were made since our last report:

 - February 17th, 2012: Apache Sqoop 1.4.1-incubating
 - February 21st, 2012: Apache Isis 0.2.0-incubating
 - February 21st, 2012: Apache Wookie 0.9.2-incubating
 - March 1st, 2012: Apache Oozie 3.1.3-incubating
 - March 4th, 2012: Apache Rave 0.8-incubating
 - March 4th, 2012: Apache Tashi 201202-incubating
 - March 6th, 2012: Apache Hama 0.4-incubating
 - March 10th, 2012: Apache Jena TDB 0.9.0-incubating
 - March 11th, 2012: Apache MRUnit 0.8.1-incubating

 The release process continues to be a source of trouble for many
 podlings and also to the Incubator in general. The typical symptoms
 of this trouble are major delays in releases of some podlings.
 We've had discussions about ways to fix this, but so far there
 unfortunately hasn't been much concrete progress.

o Legal / Trademarks

 The issue of using Java package names other than org.apache.*
 came up in relation to the Sqoop project. The resulting discussion
 and the rough consensus that was reached is summarized in the
 Sqoop report.

 The Flex podling is working on a custom trademark licensing deal
 with Adobe. See the Flex report for mode details.

 The PODLINGNAMESEARCH process prepared especially by Robert is
 now being used by many podlings, and the initial results in terms
 of increased confidence in the uniqueness and suitability of
 podling names seem  pretty good.

o Infrastructure

 Thanks especially to Joe and Sebb, the Incubator web site is now
 managed using the Apache CMS.

 Three podlings - Cordova, DeltaSpike and S4 - are using the Git
 repositories provided by the infra team. The early experiences
 seem to have been generally positive with no major issues raised,
 though no detailed review of potential community impacts has yet
 been done.

 The infrastructure migrations of large or complex projects like
 OpenOffice and Flex have been (and continue being) fairly long
 processes that seem to have generated at least some frustration.
 We're hoping to collect experience of key problems so that future
 podlings with similar needs could at least better anticipate and
 plan for such issues.

 The OpenMeetings podling is looking to set up a meeting server
 as a service for other projects and groups (possibly the board)
 within the ASF. Interested groups should contact OpenMeetings
 and/or infra for more details.

 The idea came up of reviving the old INCUBATOR issue tracker for
 tracking Incubator-related tasks. Time will tell how useful this
 will be to us.

-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

We reviewed all podlings reporting in this quarter and categorized them
according to their progress through the Incubator and the most pressing
issues that are currently blocking progress.

Still getting started at the Incubator (3 podlings)

 DeviceMap, Flex, Syncope

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (14 podlings)

 IP clearance: Openmeetings
 No release: Bloodhound, Cordova, OpenOffice
 Low activity: Kalumet, Kato
 Low diversity: Bigtop, Etch, Isis, Hama, HCatalog, MRUnit, S4, Wave

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues.

Ready to graduate (6 podlings)

 Accumulo, Flume, ManifoldCF, RAT, Rave, Sqoop

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

-------------------- Detailed Reports --------------------

Accumulo

Accumulo is robust, scalable distributed key/value store with cell-based
access control and customizable server-side processing.  Accumulo entered
incubation in September 2011.

Progress since the last report:

 - released 1.3.5-incubating
 - began final stages of pre-release testing for 1.4.0-incubating
 - fostered active discussion on mailing lists and on JIRA tickets
 - voted in one new committer
 - received patches from 5 new contributors
 - agreed on suitability of Accumulo name
 - discussed graduation and drafted mission statement for resolution
 - called PPMC vote on graduation

Top priorities prior to graduation:

 - none

Issues for Incubator PMC or ASF Board:

 - none

Signed off by mentor: adc - Alan Cabrera

15 Feb 2012

Change Chair for Apache Incubator

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Noel J. 
 Bergman to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation
 of Noel J. Bergman  from the office of Vice President, Apache
 Incubator, and

 WHEREAS, the Project Management Committee of the Apache Incubator 
 project has chosen by vote to recommend Jukka Zitting as
 the Successor to the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Noel J. Bergman is
 relieved and discharged from the duties and responsibilities of
 the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Jukka Zitting be and hereby
 is appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache Incubator, to
 serve in accordance with and subject to the direction of the
 Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until
 death, resignation, retirement, removal or disqualification, or
 until a successor is appointed.

 Special Order 7E, Change Chair for Apache Incubator,
 was approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

15 Feb 2012 [Noel J. Bergman / Doug]

Over the past month, there has been a lot of discussion within the
Incubator.  We have voted in a new PMC Chair, Jukka Zitting, who will be
rotating out of the PMC Chair position of Jackrabbit.

There has been a lot of discussion over the future of the Incubator.  Under
one proposal, the Board would establish new TLPs whose PMC chair is an ASF
Member and initial PMC has at least 3 ASF Members.  Such a TLP would be
under "incubation", but not under an "Incubator".  Under such a plan, ComDev
would be given responsibility for much of the Incubator's Policy & Procedure
documentation, and similar Community Development related content.  Other
proposals are less radical, and focus on doing something to ensure more
active and involved Mentors.

More immediately, some of Jukka's thoughts on the Board's hot topic of
pushing projects out of the Incubator are presented in the following
exchange:

Jukka Zitting wrote:
> Sam Ruby wrote:
> > What I would like to see is the Incubator start identifying PPMCs that
> > are stalled, and to consider what information they need (in future
> > reports) to help them (us) make such a determination.  I am not
> > suggesting that this be made retroactive.  Or that it be done
> > immediately.  A plan would be fine: i.e., setting a date by which the
> > IPMC will have decided what information needs to be in such reports,
> > and a schedule by which the PPMCs need to start providing said
> > information.
> 
> My suggestion is to ask the podlings now in category 2 to report again
> in May on their progress on the identified blockers. If there's been
> no measurable progress by then, we'll dig deeper to see what we can
> do. Podlings reporting in other months can be picked up for a similar
> oversight cycle over the coming months. By July we should then have a
> pretty accurate record of progress throughout the entire Incubator,
> including a clear list of podlings that are stuck and need help.
> 
> Before the next quarterly report I'd rely on mentors to help the
> podlings identify and implement ways to move forward. And of course,
> if a podling or its mentors feel that more help is needed, asking on
> general@ or submitting an extra report is always a good idea.

On a related topic, the Incubator PMC voted to retire the HISE podling.  BVal
has voted to seek TLP status.  Syncope, intended to be a reference
implementation for Open Source Identity Management, was voted to begin
Incubation.

The podling reports are below.  Sam suggested including podling reports as a
link to a frozen wiki page.  The Incubator PMC requests feedback from the
Board as a whole as to whether an in-line summary and URL to is satisfactory
for future reports.


-------------------- Summary of podling reports --------------------

We reviewed all podlings reporting in this quarter and categorized them
according to their progress through the Incubator and the most pressing
issues that are currently blocking progress.

Still getting started at the Incubator (7 podlings)

 Any23, Bloodhound, Cordova, DeltaSpike, DeviceMap, Flex, Openmeetings

 These projects are still getting started, so no immediate progress
 towards graduation is yet expected.

Not yet ready to graduate (13 podlings)

 IP clearance: Amber
 Release trouble: Clerezza, Stanbol
 Low activity: Ambari, Nuvem, PhotArk, SIS, Wink, Zeta Components
 Low diversity: Airavata, Droids, VCL, Wookie

 We expect the next quarterly report of projects in this category to
 include a summary of their actions and progress in solving these issues.

Ready to graduate (4 podlings)

 Jena, Lucene.NET, NPanday, OpenNLP

 We expect these projects to graduate within the next quarter.

-------------------- Detailed Reports --------------------

Airavata

Airavata is a software toolkit which provides features to compose, manage,
execute, and monitor large scale applications and workflows on computational
resources ranging from local clusters to national grids and computing
clouds.
Airavata is incubating since May 2011.

A list of the three most important issues to address in the move towards
graduation

 1. The barrier of entry in contributing to Airavata seems to be high.
    The code, documentation and JIRA issues have to be efficiently
    organized and managed to appeal to wider developer community.

 2. Develop a strong community with organizational diversity and well
    aligned with existing ASF projects as outlined here:
    http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/AiravataProposal#Alignment

 3. Create a regular and predictable release process and schedule

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be aware
of?

 Whilst our community is reasonably large and active we do not, at present,
 have significant diversity, but are working on it. Right now most of the
 contributors that are active are from Indiana University. Chris from JPL
 is involved very closely from a mentoring perspective and will try and get
 involved code wise. The 0.2 release candidate is currently VOTE'ing and
 DISCUSS'ing.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No new committers or PPMC members elected in the last quarter. Decent
 discussion on the dev and user lists, with the sporadic user coming by
 and expressing interest.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 - 0.1-incubating release was cancelled, and are now VOTE'ing on
   0.2-incubating release candidate (skipped 0.1-incubating numbering).

 - Process surrounding the release is under discussion on the DISCUSS
   thread. Following the Rave process which seems to have worked for them.

Signed off by mentor: mattmann, ate, rgardler

The incubator is currently in flux. See the related special order.

The consensus is that this month's incubator report is better than it has been in the past.

There are many suggestions for improvement that will be discussed offline (email).

24 Jan 2012 [Noel J. Bergman / Greg]

A number of substantive issues came up during the past month.

First, and although it was raised on the private list and therefore details
won't be part of the public report, we advise the Board that there is
substantial discussion regarding changing the Incubator VP, which has been
held for almost 8 years by the current VP.

Second, there is a dispute, both in the abstract and concretely, regarding
whether or not the ASF, via the Incubator, may play host to a community that
has forked a compatibly licensed codebase.  Roy suggested that, in the
specific case:

> The VOTE was based on misleading information.  The Incubator PMC should declare it
> void and request a new proposal.  The existing Bloodhound podling should be
> placed on hold until this is sorted out.

Greg has said, more recently, that "the Bloodhound and Trac communities
already have a new non-fork plan and are executing on that now, on the
bloodhound-dev mailing list."  If that comes to pass, perhaps no further
attention from the PMC and Board will be required on this issue.  If not,
we'll have to revisit the specific case.

However, Bill Rowe has requested that the Incubator PMC formally put the
general matter to the Board: what policy do or should we have regarding a
community that wishes to fork a suitably licensed codebase and come to the
ASF?  If so, what is that policy?  Or is that decision still a matter to be
determined situationally by the Incubator PMC?  For whatever it is worth,
the latter is the opinion of the Incubator VP, who recalls that more than
one successful ASF project started elsewhere and came to the ASF as a fork,
and not without some complaint from members of the outside community (e.g.,
Apache Felix).

Third, there was a lot of discussion surrounding a couple of Incubator
issues: 1) podlings being comfortably settled in the Incubator, and not
being focused enough on graduation; 2) Mentors being insufficiently active,
and thus not providing either proper guidance or oversight.  We definitely
need to address these issues, promoting both Mentor involvement and
graduation from the Incubator.  And, finally, Jukka spent time reviewing the
status of many of the older podlings, and recommending an action.

Perhaps not coincidentally, ACE, Gora and Bean Validation Framework are all
in graduation mode.  But, meanwhile, Bloodhound (the podling previously
mentioned), DeviceMap and Flex have joined.

Below are podling reports.  Sam Ruby has already reviewed the original list
prior to posting, and requested that specific posts not be provided to the
Board, as he was unhappy with their status:

 Kato: has been in limbo for years due to Oracle.  The podling needs
   to decide what to do, or terminate
 Bloodhound, HISE, JSPWiki and Openmeetings: missing
 VXQuery: not signed off by a Mentor

Although initially requested to be excluded, the Celix and Tashi reports
were revised to provide at least some graduation guidance, and so their
reports are included, below.

Action Item: Doug to convey list of items that should have been caught by the Incubator prior to forwarding, and to request that the Incubator PMC more carefully review the reports before they are sent.

21 Dec 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Bertrand]

We've all been aware that the Incubator has been growing more than
graduating, over the years.  Last month, Sam started a discussion regarding
being more proactive and pushing projects out of the nest, basically one way
or another, after a year.  A real issue is pushing out those really ready to
graduate, and doing the garbage collection on those that are already dead
(and may have even voted to terminate).  In-between are those projects that
are struggling to achieve critical mass, but are active with who they do
have involved.  The response from mentors of various projects was quite
encouraging, both in specifics and in concept, and hopefully we'll start to
see a wave of TLP requests, following ACE, Bean Validation, and Empire-DB.

Meanwhile, Apache DeltaSpike -- a collection of JSR-299 (CDI) Extensions for
building applications on the Java SE and EE platforms -- was voted for
Incubation.

There has also been excellent discussion about pruning and clarifying
Incubation rules and process, to be more streamlined and minimal.

With respect to the monthly board report, since the last report (and since
the schedule change), we've changed how reminders are processed, and hope to
be well on the way to cleaning up the problem where the wrong projects were
listed and reminded.  There were still a few glitches for this month, but
hopefully they're resolved for next.  Brett Porter, Dave Crossley,
Upayavira, Jim, and others have contributed to the efforts, and are well
deserving of continued thanks.

Even so, and despite an extra day and reminder, neither HISE nor KATA
reported.  Wave did take advantage of the time to report.

Incorrect preamble. What Sam asked the Incubator to focus on was (a) police the lack of attention by mentors on projects that have been incubating for years, and (b) set the expectation that a podling produces AT THE VERY MINIMUM a credible plan that they are executing on which will lead to graduation at some point. Sam has reiterated these two points on the incubator mailing list.

16 Nov 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Jim]

Notwithstanding the fact that members of the Board are active within the
Incubator, there are no issues requiring Board attention or intervention.

We are, however, recognizing that we've had growth issues of our own.  As
David Crossley pointed out, he made mistakes last month related to the
Reporting Schedule, and we continue to have issues.  The Incubator is almost
as big as the rest of the ASF combined.  David posted a plot chart
reflecting our growth: http://incubator.apache.org/history/

Roy proposed one change to help cut down on some commit karma logistics.
Sebb and David have been discussing some changes to help manage the
meta-data, e.g., reporting schedule.  Nothing is concrete, yet, but clearly
we need to make some changes to make things easier.

OpenMeetings -- project to provide video conferencing, instant messaging,
white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using
API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming -- has
been accepted for Incubation.

Report deferred as it was not received in time for adequate review.

There were discussions about whether the Incubator and even the foundation could continue to scale, and discussions about the failure of the Incubator to police the lack of attention by mentors on projects that have been incubating for years. Follow-up to occur on the incubator general mailing list.

26 Oct 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Brett]

Most of the general discussion on the Incubator list over the past month was
how to improve the usability of the Incubator web-site.

S4 (Simple Scalable Streaming System) -- a general-purpose, distributed,
scalable, partially fault-tolerant, pluggable platform that allows
programmers to easily develop applications for processing continuous,
unbounded streams of data -- was voted to begin Incubation.

Any23 (Anything To Triples) -- a Java library, a Web service and a set of
command line tools to extract and validate structured data in RDF format
from a variety of Web documents and markup formats -- was voted to begin
Incubation.

Apache DirectMemory -- a multi-layered cache implementation featuring
off-heap memory storage (a la Terracotta BigMemory) to enable caching of Java
objects without degrading JVM performance -- was voted to begin Incubation.

Apache Callback (derived from PhoneGap) -- a platform for building native
(Apple iOS, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows Phone 7, HP
webOS, Nokia Symbian and Samsung Bada) mobile applications using HTML, CSS
and JavaScript -- was voted to begin Incubation.

DeltaCloud is currently voting on graduation from the Incubator.  ACE is
also discussing graduation.

With respect to an early version of the report, there was confusion as to
which podlings needed to report this month, but we appear to have it
straightened out.  The Wiki page had a few too many projects loaded onto it.

A number of board members are dissatisfied with the Incubator report. Too much boilerplate to read in order to get to the important bits. Several suggestions were made (outlaw templates; focus on graduation; implement something like the incubator clutch page for TLPs; reduce the amount of copy pasted crap in podling reports). No one took an AI.

It looks like Olio is stalled and needs to be retired. AI Craig: see that provenance is complete and start retirement process.

21 Sep 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Sam]

The flood of Hadoop related projects continues with new Incubator projects:

* HMS (now Ambari), a monitoring, administration and lifecycle management
project for Apache Hadoop clusters
* Accumulo, a sorted, distributed key/value store based on Google's
BigTable design, and built on top of Hadoop, Zookeeper, and Thrift

were voted to start Incubation, along with:

* Kalumet, a complete environment manager and deployer including J2EE
environments (application servers, applications, etc), softwares, and
resources.

Other projects under discussion:

* S4 (Simple Scalable Streaming System), a general-purpose, distributed,
scalable, partially fault-tolerant, pluggable platform that allows
programmers to easily develop applications for processing continuous,
unbounded streams of data.

OGNL should be moving to Apache Commons.

The report was received too late for review. AI Noel: include this month's podling reports in next month's report.

17 Aug 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Jim]

Bluesky was retired by vote of the Incubator PMC. The project just never
managed to adjust to the ASF's community-orientation.

Olio likewise seems prime for retirement.

HISE (Human Tasks for WS-BPEL) again failed to report (that was an issue in
February as well). Activity has picked up somewhat being mostly dead, but
the Incubator will inquire into the viability of the project.

Oozie failed to report, but is just getting started. There are no archives
for the -dev list.

ODF Toolkit, a set of Java modules that allow programmatic creation,
scanning and manipulation of OpenDocument Format documents, was voted to
begin Incubation, and has filed its first report.

Giraph, a large-scale, fault-tolerant, Bulk Synchronous Parallel (BSP)-based
graph processing framework that runs on Hadoop, was voted to begin
Incubation.

The Incubator PMC voted to submit Whirr for TLP status to the Board.

Richard Provarp joined the Incubator PMC.

Larry asked if help is needed with EasyAnt's IP "issue".

Greg commented on several incubating projects, including Amber, Bigtop, Deltacloud, Droids, and Wink.

20 Jul 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Brett]

This past month the Incubator PMC voted to terminate a project.  Bluesky has
been terminated, although its participants asked for one additional month to
clean up their self-admittedly poor performance.  It was the judgment of the
PMC that they had been given many chances, and just did not get the fact
that the community issues were the crucial ones, not the code.

Alois, Impirius, Stonehenge, were also retired.

At the same time, several new projects have begun Incubation:

 * Bigtop, with the goal of building a community around the packaging and
interoperability testing of Hadoop-related projects.

 * Deft, a non-blocking, asynchronous, event driven high performance web
framework running on the JVM.

 * Oozie, a server-based workflow scheduling and coordination system to
manage data processing jobs for Apache Hadoop.

 * Kafka, a distributed, high throughput, publish-subscribe system for
processing large amounts of streaming data for Hadoop.

Another Hadoop related project, is currently being proposed: Giraph, a
large-scale graph processing infrastructure (inspired by Pregel) that runs
entirely on Hadoop.

OGNL and Olio failed to file reports.  OGNL has not had a commit in 5 weeks,
and is sharing mailing list space with Apache Commons.  Olio has not had a
commit in two months.  That commit was the April Board report.  In terms of
development, it appears stagnant and dead.  Perhaps it should be retired.

Update: The Olio report is late. There needs to be a discussion of the
future of the project. It is a useful project but is not making progress
in terms of a viable community. [clr]

Henri Yandell also initiated a discussion on making sure that the
IP/copyright sign-off checklist item has been correctly processed by the
projects.

AI: Brett to follow up on JSPWiki and Olio to ensure that long running incubating projects actually have a plausible plan to graduate.

Tashi was noted as an example of a podling of a comprable age that did include this information in their report.

AI: Sam to ask Noel to be sure that mentors sign off on their podlings' reports. (this action was actually from a prior month but was inadvertently dropped from the Action Items list)

15 Jun 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Sam]

The Incubator PMC now totals 143 members, with some additional requests
(joining and a resignation) pending.  Recent changes include Peter Royal and
Phil Steitz (pending) dropping off; and Shane Curcuru, Srinath Perera,
Nicolas Lalevee, Marvin Humphrey, Michael McCandless, Nigel Daley, Tommaso
Teofili, Yegor Kozlov, Leif Hedstrom and Steve Loughran joining the PMC.

Certainly the biggest thing in the Incubator this month is the arrival of
OpenOffice.org for Incubation.  OpenOffice.org is going to need significant
help and guidance, with an emphasis on liasoning with other, external,
projects such as LibreOffice.  There is very significant concern regarding
how this project will relate to the rest of the Openoffice.org ecosystem,
and those will need to be carefully addressed.  One of the first challenges
for the project will be deciding its scope.  If it is going to try to be the
old OpenOffice.org, essentially an Apache Licensed "coopetitor" to the
downstream forks; or if it is going to focus on common technologies, release
vanilla binaries for key platforms, and let the downstreams take the primary
role in delivering end-user binaries.  Other issues with respect to
OpenOffice.org may challenge our infrastructure.  There may also be IP
(patent and trademark) issues to address.  But the lengthy and diverse list
of Mentors should be aware of and preparing to address all of the issues.

Despite OpenOffice.org's arrival, and its well than 1000 messages swamping
the mailing list, there was more activity than just that one topic.

BigTop, a project for the development of packaging and tests of the Hadoop
ecosystem, is proposed for Incubation.

Flume -- a distributed, reliable, and available system for efficiently
collecting,
aggregating, and moving large amounts of log data to scalable data storage
systems such as Apache Hadoop's HDFS -- was voted to enter Incubation.

Sqoop -- a tool designed for efficiently transferring bulk data between
Apache Hadoop and structured datastores such as relational databases -- was
voted to enter Incubation.

There is nascent discussion regarding moving Alois and BlueSky to dormant
status.

19 May 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Shane]

Incubator Report May 2011

The Incubator continues to accept and graduate projects a pace.  This month
we have two new projects, one retirement (with two more likely), and one
graduation.

Imperius has voted to retire.  Others are likely to follow (see below).

LibCloud is proposed for graduation to TLP status, and presenting to the
Board as such.

OGNL, a Java development framework for Object-Graph Navigation Language, was
accepted for Incubation.

Airavata, a project that provides features to compose, manage, execute, and
monitor large scale applications and workflows on computational resources
ranging from local clusters to national grids and computing clouds, has been
accepted for Incubation.

Bluesky did not report, but did report last month and may not realize it is
still on a monthly reporting schedule.  DeltaCloud did not report, and is
active so they should have reported.  HISE and Stonehenge did not report,
and both look ripe for retirement.  The latter community is actively
discussing that this month, but simply failed to report that discussion, and
the former appears mostly dead already.

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Incubator Project reports

20 Apr 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Shane]

A remarkably quiet month in general, with no Board level issues.  One
project, Apache OGNL (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/OGNLProposal) is
under consideration.

JSPWiki, Olio and VXQuery did not report.  Neither did SocialSite, but that
was previously voted into dormant status.

16 Mar 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Bertrand]

Nigel Daly, Tommaso Teofili, and Alan Gates have joined the PMC since the
last report.

Howl -- a table and storage management service for data created using Apache
Hadoop -- has been accepted for Incubation.  It will be renamed first, given
that there is an ObjectWeb project also called HOWL.

MRUnit -- a library to support unit testing of Hadoop MapReduce jobs -- has
been accepted for Incubation.

Rave -- a web And social Mashup Engine -- has been accepted for Incubation.

BeanValidation failed to report this period.

16 Feb 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Doug]

 General Notes:

 - EasyAnt has been accepted as a new podling project into Incubator.
 - Lucene.Net has been accepted to re-enter Incubator.
 - Howl is a new proposal, still under discussion on general@. Howl
is a table and storage management service for data created using
Apache Hadoop. The main
   issue for now its name which conflicts with other projects, like
OW2 HOWL for example.
 - Chemistry has been voted successfully to be graduated.
 - Deltacloud started a vote to release version 0.2.0.
 - A thread is running on general@ discussing the voting wait period
of 72 hours. From what I read, most go for the favor for having this
waiting period for starting
   votes.

IPMC Members who asked to go Emeritus:

 - Niclas Hedhman.

Releases:

 - Whirr: 0.3.0-incubating.
 - PhotArk: M3-incubating.
 - ManifoldCF: 0.1-incubating.
 - Chemistry: cmislib-0.4-incubating.

Concerns about HISE's commercial deployments.

Action item: Shane follow up with the HISE PPMC.

Comment about Deltacloud: would like to hear about the community.

Comment on Droids: good news!

19 Jan 2011 [Noel J. Bergman / Bertrand]

A fairly quiet month for the Incubator as a whole (individual projects have
been busy).

The Apache River project (nee' Sun JINI) has been voted to have completed
Incubation, and to seek TLP status.

Mesos, a system for sharing resources (advanced resource scheduling) between
cluster applications such as Hadoop MapReduce, HBase, MPI, and web
applications, was voted to start Incubation.

Lucene.NET is returning from Lucene to the Incubator, prepatory to seeking
TLP status.

With Joe Schaefer's help, the Incubator is starting the process of migrating
to the CMS.

Bluesky again seems to be flagging. AI (existing) Sam: ask mentors to reassess project

15 Dec 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Sam]

New PMC Member: Mohammad Nour El-Din accepted, having accepted the election
that took place earlier in November.

Ex-PMC Member: Justin Erenkrantz left the PMC.

We discussed mothballing Droids, but Thorsten Scherler is asking for more time,
and there do seem to people wanting to work with him, so we'll see what happens
between now and the next Board report.  Similarly, Gianugo has joined with
the Stonehenge community to help it decide what to do.

We've decided to broadly, rather than as an experiment, permit podlings to
vote on Committers, as permitted by the Board some months ago.  As long as
at least one Mentor votes for the committer, and proper notification is sent
to the private@, the vote will be deemed valid.

There was some discussion about projects using real-time communication, but
I believe that we've made it clear that all project decisions must be made
via the mailing list, and that all back-channel discussion should be
summarized on list.

OpenNLP, a toolkit for natural language processing; Jena, a semantic web
framework in Java that implements the key W3C recommendations for the core
semantic web technologies of RDF and SPARQL; and Wave, "a hosted, live,
concurrent data structure for rich communication", were voted into the
Incubator.

ESME and Aries were to request TLP status from the Board.  River is in the
process of preparing, and will likely request TLP status in January.

Bean Validation did not report.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Some concerns about BlueSky and RAT. These projects have been incubating for a long time and it's not clear what the exit strategy is. Could RAT be adopted by infra?

17 Nov 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Shane]

There are no issues for the Board.

New PMC Members: Hadrian Zbarcea, Isabel Drost, Siegfried Goeschi, Mohammad
Nour El-Din (pending his acceptance).  Henning Schmiedehausen has left the
PMC.

Infrastructure has proposed that the Incubator switch over to the new CMS.
It seems that early next year will be the timeframe.

The PMC has voted to submit OODT for TLP status.  Congratulations to the
project.  Kitty, Celix and Stanbol have been voted to start Incubation.

 - Kitty: lightweight Java application server performance diag & admin
utility
 - Celix: OSGi-like C implementation with focus on interoperability with
OSGi
 - Stanbol: software stack and set of components for semantic content
management

Jena, a semantic web framework in Java, is currently being discussed.
Bertrand and other have discussed coordination amongst the semantic content
projects: Clerezza, Stanbol and Jena.

We also found strong support to start an android-interest mailing list to
help build a critical mass of developer support for Android-based projects
at the ASF.

Finally, based on prior discussion with the Board, and the benign results of
subsequent experiments, the Incubator is discussing looser rules for
projects to vote on their own Committers.

Missing reports: Droids, HISE, Stonehenge

 - Droids appears to have no activity since September.  People asking
questions are not getting answered.  Perhaps the project should be
mothballed.
 - HISE has some activity, although October was quiet.
 - Stonehenge appears to have been dead since July, when it made a
milestone release, and is discussing being archived.  There appears to be
disappointment over the perceived disappearance of Microsoft and WSO2.

An e-mail has already been sent to start the discussion of mothballing or
otherwise handling these projects.

-----------------------------------------------

Sam: appreciates action on missing reports.

20 Oct 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Doug]

Things are going well, with no apparent need for Board intervention.  Marcel
Offermans has joined the Incubator PMC, which is the only change in PMC
composition.

During the discussion of the Alois project, there was extensive and good
discussion about real-time communication versus the ASF's requirement that
decisions be made on mailing lists.  Similarly, there was discussion
about -dev and -user mailing lists for Incubator projects.  Finally, in
terms of Apache Way discussions, there was further discussion of why NOT git
until (and if) the ASF Infrastructure Team provides it.

There was discussion regarding process for how patches might be accepted,
e.g., posted to JIRA, reviewed on mailing lists, CTR, RTC, when a CLA is
necessary.

Alois, log collection and correlation software with reporting and alarming
functionalities, has begun Incubation.

Gora, an ORM framework for column stores such as Apache HBase and Apache
Cassandra with a specific focus on Hadoop, was voted for Incubation.

You can also say "hello Kitty" (sorry, it had to be said) to Kitty: a
lightweight, production-class Java application server performance diagnostic
& administration utility.

We've also discussed Celix, which is intended to be an OSGi like
implementation in C with a distinct focus on
interoperability with Java-OSGi, but there needs to be follow through if
they want to Incubate.

SocialSite, for which a code grant was never received, has been locked and
put into dormant state.

The Imperius community has been making little to no progress towards
graduating, despite repeated nudges from their mentors.  Unless there is
progress prior to its next board report, a recommendation has been put forth
to stop the incubation process for Imperius.


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It appears that JSPWiki is close to graduation, and perhaps what they need is a nudge.

AI Doug: suggest to Noel that JSPWiki needs a nudge.

22 Sep 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Sam]

In the past month, there have been 12 PMC Additions: Benson Margulies, Scott
Deboy, Dennis Lundberg, Maria Ching, Mark Struberg, Bryan Duxbury, Chris
Douglas, Tim Williams, Richard Hirsch, James Carman, Andrzej Bialecki,
Stefan Seelmann.

The Lucene Connector Framework project is seeking to go TLP soon, and wants
to change its name.  The proposed name of Apache Connector Framework is
considered controversial because it takes a generic domain, but does not
cover existing HTTPd connectors, Tomcat connectors, Java Connector
Architecture, etc.  The Board is already aware of the issue, having been
asked to weigh in on whether or not the Board would approve Apache Connector
Framework as the TLP.  The comments so far from the Board mirror those of
the Incubator PMC, which is fairly split on whether or not the name is a
good choice, or if it is too generic/broad.

The PMC voted to incubate Isis, which will "bring together a collection of
open source projects that collectively support the rapid development of
domain-driven applications."  Isis is based on the existing Naked Objects
Framework open source project.

The PMC is voting to accept:

 - Gora, which will be "an ORM framework for column stores such as Apache
   HBase and Apache Cassandra with a specific focus on Hadoop."

 - Alois, a Ruby-based "log collection and correlation software with reporting
   and alarming functionalities.  There has been some controversy over issue
   of real-time communication (e.g., chats), but that should be a matter for
   the Mentors to correct.  I would expect the Board and the PMC to reject any
   attempt of the project to graduate if it fails to move development and
   decision making to the mailing lists.

 - Kitty, which will "provide a lightweight utility for managing Tomcat and
   Geronimo application servers with powerful performance diagnostics and
   troubleshooting abilities.

Based on the Board's input that such is permitted, the Incubator is
experimenting with allowing Committers to be voted in by the podlings,
directly, without PMC intervention.

The PMC voted to graduate Shiro as a TLP.

---------------------------------------------------------------

There is concern about the Bluesky project. Seems that committers come and go. The project seems to operate outside the ASF. Will this project graduate? AI Sam find out what is going on with this project.

18 Aug 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Doug]

Matt Benson, Srinath Perera, and Michael McCandless all joined the
Incubator.  Several more will be joining this week.

Shiro is set to graduate, and it seems that at least a couple of projects
are in good shape to graduate in the near future.

On to a topic for the Board's attention.  There has been some lively
discussion this past week, initiated by Joe Schaefer regarding making
Incubator projects more self-governing.  Although a valid goal, the actual
proposals appear troubling in terms of ASF governance structure.

A specific proposal, for which Joe would like a formal vote, amounts to
whether the ASF Board approves the granting of Committer status without PMC
approval, and bypassing the PMC on the matter.  Individual current and past
Directors have already engaged, but it is requested that the Board consider
the issue, and respond.

------------------------------------------------------

The consensus of the board is that the PMC is responsible for the process of adding new committers. The PMC provides oversight of changes made by committers, not the use of infrastructure.

Since no resolution was provided for the board to vote on, there is no official board action. Greg was given the action item to communicate to the incubator PMC the board's consensus.

Missing podling reports were discussed. The board would like to see some specific action by the incubator when podlings miss a report. Norin was given the action item to communicate this to the incubator PMC.

Approved by general consent.

21 Jul 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Bertrand]

The Incubator added several new PMC members since the last report: Chris
Hostetter, Norman Maurer, Owen O'Malley and Senaka Fernando.

A project entered Incubation:

 Nuvem - an open application programming interface for common cloud
application services

And several more are preparing to enter Incubation, a couple of them being
sub-projects from existing Apache projects, where they have asked to come
through the Incubator before going for TLP status.

All projects except for JSPWiki filed their reports.

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Bertrand to suggest forwarding on Olio and Empire-db requests to Marketing and Publicity.

Sam to request that SocialSite provide plans (dates and owner) to address the problem identified.

16 Jun 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Doug]

Felix Meschberger resigned as a Mentor for Chemistry. Jean Anderson was
removed (emeritus) from the Incubator PMC at her request. The PMC and Chair
thank them both for their service to the Incubator and the ASF.

On that same note, I'd like to thank Sebastian Bazley, Joe Schaefer, and
others for their continued efforts in striving for data and other
consistency within the Incubator and across the ASF.

Nuvem, a cross-cloud API, has been proposed to the Incubator.

BlueSky's "lost" report from last month is included this month. The project
has had essentially no mailing list activity for two months, and no commits
since January. Both Lucene Connector Framework and River failed to report.
They have been active, are aware of, and apologize for, missing the report,
and plan to provide one next month.

Lucene Connector Framework just reported IP Clearance in late May.

-------------------

Sam has an action item to resolve the NTLM issue.

19 May 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Jim]

During the past month, the Incubator has added a fair number of new PMC
Members:

 Chris Mattmann
 David Jencks
 Gurkan Erdogdu
 Tom White
 Jean-Frederic Clere
 Julien Vermillard
 Christian Grobmeier (elected)
 Donald Woods

All of them joined with the specific intent of mentoring projects, of which
we have quite a few (reflected by all of the new PMC members). Proposed
projects included Whirr (libraries for running cloud services), Zeta (PHP
components), Amber (OAuth Java library), and Deltacloud (web service API for
cloud service clients/providers).

WSRP4J was terminated at the mutual decision with the Portals PMC.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Doug indicated that he is following the Thrift lists and perceives a sincere desire for improvement.

Sam to straighten out the NTLM question

21 Apr 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Brett]

The past month has been exceedingly quiet within the Incubator; activity
within projects excepted.

A few projects under discussion for Incubation, but none are far along.
Apache Traffic Server is graduating to TLP status.  The Portals project
decided to shutter the long suffering WSRP4J project, although there remains
interest in building that functionality in a new codebase within Portals.

BlueSky has delivered a codebase for release that is under consideration.
Now that the RealClass codebase is present, perhaps we can get more interest
in helping out.

Thrift was discussed.  The gist is that although the community and code seem
fine, they have not been inclined to either release nor leave the Incubator.
Suggestions where made, and steps are being taken to resolve it.  Perhaps
ironically, all projects reported this month *except* for Thrift.


---------------------------------------------

Shiro seems like it could graduate sooner

17 Mar 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Roy]

The past month has gone well, with no issues requiring Board attention.
Actually, in terms of Incubator business (not per-project activity), it has
been a relatively light month.

Changes to the PMC in the past month:

 Added:   Glen Daniels, Karl Pauls, Greg Reddin
 Removed: Jason van Zyl, Will Glass-Husain, Antoine Levy Lambert,
          Berin Lautenbach, Phil Steitz, Roland Weber, Santiago Gala

Log4PHP is graduated to the Logging TLP.  A new JSR-303 Bean Validation
(BeanValidation) project is starting, as is the Spatial Information Systems
(SIS) project.

There had been a question about Droid IP clearance issue, which turned out
to be a non-issue, with completely documented provenance.  Discussion is on
general@i.a.o.

The Board raised a concern about WSRP4J.  The project does appear to be
stuck at the moment, having lost all momentum due to the patent claim issues
that Apache Legal has subsequently covered to the satisfaction of the
project.

Of some concern is this month's ETCH report, where they express that they're
having trouble with community building, and are reaching out for help.  If
anyone has some cycles to spare, please feel free to jump in and help!

As for Wiki Markup, I always make an effort to find and remove it all.  If
any is remaining, it is an oversight.

-------------------------------------------

Sam to inquire about LCF issue (re: NTLM?)

http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-legal-discuss/201002.mbox/%3C4B85C2B7.9080005Metacarta.com%3E

Jim to connect Etch to Community Development

17 Feb 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Doug]

Largely, the usual business of the Incubator.  One of the larger discussions
involved moving to svnpubsub for the web site.  There was some heated
discussion in January regarding handling of a third party copyright notice
in ESME, but it was handled by ASF legal and the project, and resolved.

OODT (see reports, below) entered Incubation.  Subversion is discussing
graduation, as noted in the report, below.

Proposed for Incubation:

Chatterbot (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ChatterbotProposal) -- chat
responder framework
Dalesa (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/DalesaProposal) -- Peer-to-Peer
web caching software
Spacial (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/SpatialProposal) -- toolkit,
allowing spatial data to be represented and queried

Rather than start a new community, the OpenCMIS codebase is being
contributed to Apache Chemistry, and the two communities are voluntarily
merging.

Two projects did not report, BlueSky and HISE, although both did report last
month.

-------------------------

Incubator PMC Membership:

At the request of the Board, an Incubator PMC membership report was prepared
and separately submitted, covering Incubator inception to 2010-01.  This
report lists changes since 2010-01.  Future Incubator reports will include
changes since the the previous monthly report.

Incubator PMC membership addition(s): Glen Daniels
Incubator PMC membership subtraction(s): Jason van Zyl


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Various concerns: Droids IP clearance, LCF subreport formatting, VCL's definition and status, unsticking WSRP4J, and issues around Thrift PPMC resignation.

Doug to contact Noel with a CC to either the private or general list.

20 Jan 2010 [Noel J. Bergman / Roy]

The Incubator appears to be running smoothly, with nothing regarding Board
level attention.

Shindig, Cassandra and UIMA are all talking about graduating. Shindig was
voted on last week, with the vote closed this morning in time to try to make
the Board meeting. Cassandra, which is not reporting this period, is
discussing graduation to TLP status. As noted separately, below, UIMA is
preparing to graduate in the very near future.

Proposed or newly entered:

 OODT --- a grid middleware framework for science data processing,
information integration, and retrieval
 Lucene Connector Framework
 JPPF : a parallel processing framework for Java

There is a 4th proposal, which resulted in some discussion regarding (code)
clearance vs (community) incubation. It should be resolved shortly so that
the project can move forward.

Subversion, rather ironically, given the membership of the project, failed
to provide a monthly report for January. Thrift also failed to report.
Notes on each are below.

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Roy to relay that the board directs Traffic Server to go with #2, and tell the Incubator not to gate on this.

Justin expressed concern over the communication issues in the Imperius project.

16 Dec 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Brett]

The Incubator is running smoothly, with nothing requiring the Board's
attention at this time.

There was some discussion regarding publishing of docs to the site, and
whether docs for an intermediate state are or are not to be treated the same
as a code release.  Unclear that it is in any way an Incubator issue, as
opposed to an ASF-wide topic.

There is discussion of an OpenCMIS project, with some people wanting it, and
others concerned about incubating two projects in the same domain at the
same time.  There is also discussion of incubating a JSR-303 Bean Validation
project.

Pivot and OpenWebBeans are set to graduate.  Apache Clerezza is set to start
(q.v., http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ClerezzaProposal).

----

Gavin in talks with Etch.

Brett to follow up on where collaboration in ESME is taking place.

18 Nov 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Justin]

The Incubator is running smoothly, with nothing requiring the Board's
attention at this time.

The big news is no longer news: Subversion has been accepted into the
Incubator.

On other news, Pivot looks set to graduate, and is actively preparing to do
so.  WSRP4J appears to have finally cleared its legal hurdles, and can move
forward.

Droids and Stonehenge, which are active and were represented at ApacheCon,
failed to report.

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Justin to request that podlings that don't report be requested to report the following months, and new incubator PMC members be listed in the report.

21 Oct 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Roy]


Incubator report arrived late and will need to be resubmitted.

23 Sep 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Jim]

The Incubator is running actively and (relatively) smoothly, with nothing
requiring the Board's attention at this time.  In general, the Incubator has
both a lot of activity and a lot of attention.

Sebb and Joe have been contributing to tuning the release process for
publishing Incubator artifacts.

Last month we mentioned that Bill Stoddard had a face-to-face meeting with
the Bluesky team.  This was a misunderstanding, as was confirmed by a phone
discussion with Bill, but Bill has been making good communication progress
with them.  This month's report reflects the continued results of Bill's
efforts.  Bill's goal is to have working code in the ASF repository within
the month.  Once there is working, buildable code, that is not
GPL-dependent, it should be easier to start to grow a community around
Bluesky.

There was some discussion of changing the release voting process to "make
things easier" for podlings, and an interesting observation is that some of
the people most vocally against the change were those who had come into the
ASF on podlings, and felt that they had benefited from and learned from the
current process, and wanted to keep it as-is.

A potentially significant new project, Apache Aries, has gotten a lot of
discussion and attention during the past month as it was proposed for
Incubation.  Apache Aries project is intended to "deliver a set of pluggable
Java components enabling an enterprise OSGi application programming model."
It proposes to collaborate with Apache Felix, Geronimo, CXF and other
projects.  There has been discussion of whether Apache Aries will end up as
a TLP or part of Felix, but for now it is just a proposal to Incubate.  See
also: http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/AriesProposal

Jim to follow up to ensure that all podlings report on what they need to do for graduation

19 Aug 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Roy]

Last month we mentioned that there had been extensive discussion regarding
Bluesky, and that Bill Stoddard had a face-to-face meeting with the team.
This month's report reflects the current results of Bill's efforts.

As previously discussed, the Incubator PMC has started to retire projects
that have stalled. We spent more time bikeshedding the term to be used
than we did actually retiring the projects. :-) XAP and Lokahi are this
month's retirees. PhotoArk is getting a chance to reboot, as there are
people still interested in the project.

Pivot would like to graduate, but the PMC has expressed concern over the
current lack of diversity. Actually, there was some dispute over the need
for diversity, but Pivot has taken it as an action item to focus on growing
their committers.

JSPWiki is also looking to graduate in the near future.

As a general rule, the Incubator is running smoothly (notwithstanding
complaints from elsewhere that not enough projects had graduated this year,
which is also a misimpression due to several having graduated into existing
TLPs), and it is of no insignificant pleasure to the Chair to see the degree
of active participation from a large swath of participants.

--------------------------

The board is pleased with the "rebooting" of Bluesky and beginning the process of retiring stagnated podlings.

Jim to follow up on the Traffic Server TM issue.

15 Jul 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Brett]

The past month has gone well within the Incubator.  Busy, but good.

A number of new committers have been added to projects that were in need of
them.

Sanselan has moved to the Apache Commons project.

VXQuery (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/VXQueryProposal) is starting
Incubation.

Traffic Server (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/TrafficServerProposal)
should be doing so soon, as well, and has attracted considerable interest
from the HTTP Server Project.

Extensive discussion amongst the Incubator PMC regarding Bluesky.  There are
definitely some concerns.  Bill Stoddard had a face-to-face meeting with the
team.  With great respect to Bill, we are following his lead on Bluesky, as
he is actively engaged.

--------------------------

Jim: should there be some sort of "impact" for podlings that don't report time and time again?

Roy: Note that Traffic Server is a Yahoo! trademark; a solution is hinted in proposal but needs review by Apache Legal.

Brett: will take both back to Noel.

17 Jun 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Henning]

This past month has been a normally good month for the Incubator.

There is a project, Traffic Server, that appears to be of interest to the
HTTPd crowd.  Another project, VXQuery, is in the process of being sponsored
by the XMLBeans PMC.

The Incubator is pleased to see that log4php has gained new life, and we
wish them much success in this next incarnation of the project.

Despite the confusion over when the reports are due this month, almost
everyone got their report in.  SocialSite and Wink are the exceptions.  Wink
is brand new, and SocialSite only a month old.  We'll look for reports from
them in each of the next three months.

The issue with Apache JSecurity/Apache Ki having trouble finding a name has
been, once again, resolved.  The new name is Apache Shiro.

The continued problems of specification publishing organizations permitting
IP restrictions on specifications intended for shared use is reflected in
this month's WSRP report.

---------------------------------------------------

Bertrand to investigate the mailed software grants for Ace.

wrp4j: Sam to investigate the legal issue.

Should RAT be a TLP? The board did not see an issue with that approach. Henri suggested that it be an infrastructure project. It is a tool rather than a community.

Jim to communicate the remaining issues to incubator.

20 May 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / J Aaron]

This past month, particularly recently, has seen good progress with
Incubator projects.  Sling has started a graduation vote, and Pivot is
seriously considering graduation.  Click wanted to graduate, but the
consensus was that it needs to do some community development first.  Two or
three other projects appear ripe to be suspended, although I hope that one
will be revived.

Other projects are keen to enter Incubation.  SocialSite and ACE entered
Incubation, and have reported (below).  Apache Wink would provide JAX-RS
based REST style web services.  Apache VXQuery would provide an
implementation of XQuery.

One issue is that Apache JSecurity/Apache Ki is having trouble finding a
name without someone claiming trademark rights.  The Ki name is the latest
victim, and during that process, the project felt a bit let down by the
legal PMC and the PRC.

----

Suggest WSRP4J be included next month; and suggest that they attend to date formats. Aaron to follow up.

15 Apr 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Sam]

This past month, particularly recently, has been a bit less quiet than
usual.  At the moment, nothing that warrants the Board's attention, although
there are a few matters that are getting the Incubator PMC's collective
attention, as it appears that we have a couple of projects where the
community is not functioning as well as they should for one reason or
another, and the Mentors feel that they are not being respected in the
discussions.  Discussion is currently on the PMC private list to deal with
these matters.

We've had a number of proposals this past month:

 Jaffre - lightweight Java RPC
 ACE - a software distribution framework based on OSGi
 SocialSite - a social networking service based on Apache Shindig
 Commons Incubator - a "perpetual" podling for Apache Commons

We're also talking a bit about how to restart Log4PHP, although with
ApacheCon and other cycle drains, that has not progressed sufficiently well.
Gavin has volunteered to help, and we have a couple of people wanting to be
active, so we'll need to look at Committer status.

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the ACE proposal, most of it
concerns from JvZ as it overlaps with Eclipse P2 technology, but that
appears to be the only objection, and there seems to be quite a bit of
interest to incubate the project.

The Commons Incubator project is another one that has had considerable
discussion.  At the moment, it is meeting with a fair amount of resistence
as not being a good fit, but discussion is ongoing.

-------------------------------------------

Jim takes the action item to follow up on IP clearance.

18 Mar 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Geir]

After last month's report, the Incubator has started the process of
recognizing the dormant status of projects that are in that condition.

The most serious issue that happened this past month is recorded in the
Empire-DB report, the gist of which is that a Committer had provided a
third-party with his SVN credentials. That issue is covered in detail
below.

BlueSky, Cassanda, Log4PHP, and Shindig all failed to report. Comments are
below, in-line with each project.

----

Individual Project Status:

Henning will poke Shindig at ApacheCon.

18 Feb 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / Jim]

The last month has been fairly quiet, with nothing currently requiring the
attention of the Board.

We voted to accept Pivot for Incubation.  Pivot did not report this month,
but is still just getting started, and have not yet received all of their
infrastructure (https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIVOT-1).  We will
require them to report March, April, and May.

A number of projects held votes to perform releases, including OpenWebBeans,
Sanselan, and Click.

Little else at the Incubator level.  Some discussion of housekeeping.  The
Incubator has started a vote to suspend XAP, as well as to discuss which
others should be suspended.

8/14 is not a great ratio. Active discussion on the incubator list as to how to deal with this situation. Some fount that to be at odds with "nothing currently requiring the attention of the Board." Jim has the action to participate in that thread.

We suggest making dates formats more consistent to make it easier to scan... Jim to convey this to Noel.

21 Jan 2009 [Noel J. Bergman / J Aaron]

All in all, it has been very quiet since the December report.  Cassandra has
been voted upon to enter incubation, but does not appear to have started and
has not yet reported.  A couple of proposals are under consideration:

 - Scrum/Maestro/Kalumet -- an autodeploy project
 - Pivot -- a Java-based Rich Web Client project

The Incubator PMC is also discussing what should be done with respect to
projects that fail to report.  Informal (or formal if you feel it necessary)
input would be appreciated, to general@i.a.o.

One item of note is that the Incubator PMC is trying to remind each project
to include the three (3) items requested by the ASF Board of each report, so
far with mixed results.

----------------------------------------------

The board would like podlings to add a privacy policy to their websites, and identified hama, nmaven, photark, thrift, xap as ones needing such.

Sam to follow up with incubator regarding missing information

17 Dec 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Bill]

Just a generally nice month.

CouchDB, Qpid and Abdera have graduated from the Incubator.  Stonehenge and
ESME are new entries into the Incubator.  A candidate up for vote is
Cassandra.  As discussed in last month's report, rather than fork the
project, the Cassandra community decided to move to the ASF.  Feedback has
generally been very positive about this change of plans.

The Composer project has been retired, and resources have been cleaned up.
Not sure what is happening with log4php, but have asked the Mentors to
advise.

There are still some birthing pains with BlueSky.  The new website is
published by IP, not domain, and should be hosted at the ASF.  Mentors need
to address this matter.  There also seem to be continued questions about the
source code.

Etch has an infrastructure issue.  Brett Porter is trying to help.  Perhaps
Bill Rowe might also jump in, since the issue appears to be setting up an
MS-Windows based build environment, and he's had an interest in that for
some time.

------------------------------------

Per-project reports:

Should RAT move to infra? Infra is not a place for code that is having releases.

Bill to convey a number of questions to infrastructure; the board is not expecting a follow up.

19 Nov 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Geir]

Overall a good month.  A few items of note.

Several of us met with Michael Cote at ApacheCon to discuss the Incubator
with him.  Bertrand was instrumental in instigating and facilitating the
meeting.

The most contentious, and it isn't very contentious at that, discussion is
regarding the Helenus proposal, which is to incubate an already existing
fork of Facebook's Cassandra project, ostensibly because Cassandra is dead
from a community perspective, with Facebook being absentee landlords.
Because of that, the community has already forked the project, and is
looking for a home.  Ian Holsman is our point of contact with that community
at present, and proposed Incubation.

Stonehenge has been accepted for Incubation.  From the proposal: "The aim of
the Stonehenge project is to develop a set of sample applications to
demonstrate seamless interoperability across multiple underlying platform
technologies by using currently defined W3C and OASIS standard protocols."

Kato has been accepted for Incubation.  From the proposal: "Kato is a
project to develop the Specification, Reference Implementation and
Technology Compatibility Kit for JSR 326: Post-mortem JVM Diagnostics API"

OpenWebBeans has been accepted for Incubation.  From the proposal: "Open Web
Beans will be an implementation of the Web Beans Specification which is
defined as JSR-299."

A number of other proposals are under consideration.

Abdera, Buildr, CouchDB and Qpid are in the process of seeking graduation.
NMaven is going to go dormant.  JvZ apparently wants to move the project out
of the ASF entirely.

----------------

Jim to follow up with Noel reinforcing request for "Issues before graduation".

If FFMPEG can't be worked around, this discussion should be pursued on legal-discuss to determine if this represents either a GPL license violation or an ASF policy violation. Henri and Aaron to help out proactively.

15 Oct 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Justin]

In general the Incubator is operating well.

The Bluesky project, which has been an area of concern, has submitted a
report this month.

A number of us have asked that the Maven Repository issues, which has
swamped the general@ list for more than a month almost to the exclusion of
all other discussion, be moved from the Incubator to Infrastructure.  Yes,
the Incubator is effected in terms of our requirement that users be aware of
and agree to the use of Incubator artifacts, as the Incubator has long been
charged with maintaining the distinction that Incubator projects are "not
yet fully endorsed by the ASF" in large part to protect the Apache brand and
imprimatur.  But although Maven's lack of support for authenticated and
approved artifacts does effect the Incubator's ability to perform that role,
discussion and correction of that defect really belong at the Infrastructure
level, as the scope of its consequences is much more serious and widespread.

Unresolved for now is what to do about Incubator artifacts and Maven in the
interim.  It is unclear that there is a solution that allows Incubator
projects to publish into the Maven repository at all without violating the
policy regarding explicit user knowledge and consent.

The discussion of the issues caused by Maven's repository handling has led
to revisiting under what circumstances Incubator projects should be
permitted to do releases, if at all.  Personally, I would consider it
unfortunate, unfair, and a shame if we were to decide to return to the
prohibition against releases due to a build tool's inadequacies, nor do I
believe that most people want that to happen.  Others, mostly Maven users,
would like to see any distinction between the Incubator and the ASF
eliminated, which is also an undesirable approach.  There has also been
confusion evidenced about what the Apache License permits anyone to do with
the our code versus policies that the ASF self-imposes on its projects.

We are reminding all projects to provide, at a minimum, the following
information:

 * The "incubating since" info
 * The project's top 2 or 3 things to resolve prior to graduation
 * A short description of what your project's software does

Not all of them have yet complied, but we're working on it.

We're looking at various projects to see if they are ready to graduate,
whether as or into a TLP, and have new projects arriving, one from the
Apache Labs.  Pig appears ready, and is being voted on, to leave the
Incubator for the Hadoop project.  We need to examine QPid and UIMA
regarding graduation.

-----------------------------------------------------------

Justin to request that podlings include a description in their report.

Justin to request that JSecurity move to ASF ASAP.

17 Sep 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Geir]

The Incubator continues to run smoothly. In the large, we have good
participation and oversight from the PMC.

PhotArk and Etch are in the process of getting started. Qpid and UIMA are
working on putting out new releases. CouchDB is in search of new/additional
Mentors.

As mentioned in the August report, we continue to have concerns about
BlueSky, which failed to formally report again this month. However, there
is an e-mail on their list that indicates that they are hearing our
concerns, and are starting to take some steps towards improvement and
resolution on the issues, q.v.,
http://www.mail-archive.com/bluesky-dev@incubator.apache.org/msg00245.html.

*** The PMC is reminding all Incubator projects that an important item for
the report is what needs to be done to satisfy graduation requirements. ***

------------------------------------------------------

Sam expressed a concern that Pig isn't focused on graduation.

The board continues to be concerned over BlueSky.

20 Aug 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Bill]

The Incubator is running smoothly and largely trouble-free.  The biggest
debates in the past month have been related to project names.  In the large,
we have good participation and oversight from the PMC.

A number of projects, including Etch and the previously mentioned photo
gallery project have been discussed for Incubator.  The photo gallery is
accepted, and has changed its name from PicaGalley to PhotArk.

A number of projects, e.g., Sanselan, UIMA, Pig, and CouchDB had release
votes.  Felix registered some IP clearance.  XAP may be voted into dormancy,
acknowledging that status quo.

Of more interest to the Board:

We have concern about BlueSky (including licensing and "getting The Apache
Way", but Bill Stoddard and a number of others, including multiple Board
Members, are keeping a close eye on developments.  If deemed necessary, the
Incubator PMC will act.

The board is uncomfortable with the current state of BlueSky, and supports the work that the incubator is doing to correct this.

In general, the board would like to see a renewed focus on graduating, and the board members who also happened to be mentors of Abdera, CouchDB, and BlueSky (namely Sam, Jim, and Aaron) volunteered to communicate this back.

Additionally, it was requested that the incubator resume its prior practice of listing the "top 3" items needed for graduation as this was very much appreciated.

16 Jul 2008

THE major topic of discussion has continued to be the Maven repository. A
thread, "Do we really need an incubator?", was started by Dims, but the real
issue raised was over the perceived watering down of Incubator seperation as
a consequence of Maven's repository handling. The current emerging
consensus appears to be that there are real and significant
issues/consequences to the ASF, but they are not Incubator specific.
Whether they are something for the Board, Membership and/or Infrastructure
Team to take up is orthogonal to the issues of the Incubator. Short of
banning the use of the Maven repository for all Incubator artifacts, there
is little that makes sense for the Incubator to address.

We did commit a change to the Incubator documentation better describing the
process for electing Committers.

Empire-DB has been voted to start Incubation. Click is currently under
consideration. An image gallery project is also under active discussion and
consideration.

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25 Jun 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Bertrand]

The top two issues of discussion in the past month are textual revision(s)
to make it clearer that the Incubator runs the same as every other ASF
project: only PMC votes are binding, although we encourage everyone from the
broader community and the especially the PPMC to cast (non-binding) votes;
and (once again) issues with Maven.

The Maven problem is a tension between the need to distinguish between
Incubator artifacts and other ASF artifacts, compounded by the problem that
Maven doesn't do anything to authenticate any artifacts at all.  A couple of
approaches have been mooted.

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Bertrand to review scheduling of podling reports with incubator.

21 May 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Henning]

CXF has graduated, Tuscany is before the Board this month to graduate.  As
they leave, at least 4 new projects are under consideration for Incubation.

Roy has raised issues with the procedure for IP Clearance.  The Legal
Committee has this week indicated that they've no problems with the changes
proposed by Roy.

Oddly, in that there has been a significant volume during the past month
compared to most months, there have been a lot of IP Clearances done since
the April Board report.

Tony Stevenson has helped to prod projects into cleaning up their resources
when leaving the Incubator, particularly disk space.

A number of projects, e.g., UIMA and River, performed releases during the
past month.

=======================================================

May 2008 Board reports (see ReportingSchedule).

16 Apr 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Henning]

As previously noted, CXF is proposing to graduate as a TLP.  The resolution
has been submitted to the Board.  QPid withdrew its proposal, in light of
the fairly strong line that the Incubator PMC is taking on diversity.  There
was some unfortunate public airing of affiliations, but I believe that the
lesson of discussing people on private lists instead of in public has been
learned.

The Incubator PMC's experience has been that projects are more often focused
on getting good code done than in preparing to have a diverse PMC, and that
the issue is significant enough to warrant that we emphasize the need to
focus on that diversity.  CXF and Tuscany have both been pushed in that
direction previously, and have reported great satisfaction with the end
result.  Quoting from CXF: "spending additional time in the Incubator to
increase diversity, despite initial resistence, turned out to be very
helpful and the right thing."

Tuscany is discussing graduation again, and although Tuscany is not due to
report this month, they provided an interim report on their own initiative
regarding their status, which I am including in this month's report.  I
won't speak for the Incubator PMC, as we haven't discussed Tuscany's report,
but will indicate my own satisfaction at what I read.

Other than that, pretty much the usual: projects working towards Incubator
releases, such as Abdera, Tuscany, and UIMA; projects clearing IP;
clarification of procedures; etc.

We've reiterate to projects that if Confluence is being used to generate
their web site, the people with edit rights must have a signed CLA on file.

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April 2008 Board reports per Incubating project

Some discussion about the difficulty of measuring diversity while maintaining the privacy of affiliations.

19 Mar 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Henning]

A number of projects have been informally or formally proposed for
Incubation.  We have voted on to accept:

 Thrift  - http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ThriftProposal
 CouchDB - http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CouchDBProposal
 PDFBox  - http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/PDFBoxProposal

as noted in the previous Board Report.  PDFBox has provided a report for
this month; the other two have failed to do so.  log4php also failed to
report.

QPid is proposing to graduate.  There are diversity concerns being raised,
and discussed.  CXF is in the process of also proposing to graduate as a
TLP, and has indicate that spending additional time in the Incubator to
increase diversity, despite initial resistence, turned out to be very
helpful and the right thing.

Other than that, there are new committers and projects working on doing some
releases.

------------------------------------------------------------

A request was made that future reports be more explicit about tracking to exit criteria.

20 Feb 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Will]

One issue that came up during the past month is regarding the use of
org.apache.* package spaces when someone takes ASF code and forks it
downstream, releasing a non-ASF codebase using org.apache.* as the
namespace. I suggested that the appropriate venue for the discussion was
with the Legal Committee, and that no one in the Incubator was authorized by
the ASF to provide legal advice, neither on behalf of the ASF nor users of
our code. The topic has not been raised on the legal mailing lists as yet.

In the specific case of the package(s) in mind, we may end up resurrecting a
stalled project. We will see how it goes.

A number of projects have been informally or formally proposed for
Incubation. Those that we have voted on to accept are:

 Thrift - http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/ThriftProposal
 CouchDB - http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CouchDBProposal
 PDFBox - http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/PDFBoxProposal

CXF and Tuscany did incubation releases. A number of projects are properly
recording their IP forms within the Incubator structure.

There has been a discussion of source control systems, with some people
vocally expressing interest in using another SCM. We have tried to make it
clear that projects are not free to choose and/or run alternate critical
infrastructure, especially source control, and that the Incubator is not the
correct venue to discuss the adoption of a new source control system for the
ASF. We've also tried to explain ASF practices regarding collaborative
development, independent of technology choice.

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February 2008 Board reports for Incubator Projects:

Bill to get with incubator crew to make crypto an explict checkbox as a process change.

We discussed "nudging" a few projects onto graduation, and decided that that was a mentor todo, not a board todo.

Approved by General Consent.

16 Jan 2008 [Noel J. Bergman / Henning]

Yoko (CORBA implementation) has been dissolved, with parts going Geronimo
and CXF.  The FtpServer project has been graduated as a sub-project of MINA,
where there is a community interested in maintaining that code base as a
MINA implementation of the FTP protocol.

There has been discussion of various processes, with Robert Burrell Donkin
and Craig Russell continuing their on-going efforts to provide improved
Incubator documentation.

Bill Stoddard has taken a lead role in helping to bring the BlueSky project
from China into the Incubator.  The acceptance vote into the Incubator has
just passed.  It will be very interesting to see the social evolution of the
community, in terms of open source culture and language.  I sensed some
trust issues during the discussions, and earnest forthrightness on the part
of those proposing the project.

We have several pending proposals, including BENNU, which would be a
successor to the m0n0wall project.  Those in the "oh, not another Java
project" camp might want to come over and participate.  :-)

 ref: http://people.apache.org/~dsh/bennu/BENNU_PROPOSAL.txt


==============

Buildr
Description - Buildr is a build system for Java applications written in
Ruby.

Date of Entry - Nov. 2007

* Development

We're working toward Buildr 1.3 which will hopefully become our first Apache
release. The main focus of this release is multi-language support with the
big addition of Scala. It also opens the door for other languages. The work
done around JRuby is also coming to fruition with, for example, the
possibility of writing tests with RSpec to run against your Java classes.

* Community

A very steady stream of patches is coming from a steadily increasing
community of users. We've had contributions for EAR support, JRuby, fixes
around IDE tasks, ... We're monitoring closely the advanced users that
submit patches consistently, to see if we can attract a few of them to
become committers.

* Issues before graduation

When 1.3 is ready, we'll have to face all the issues surrounding the release
of Ruby code. Hopefully, when all these issues have been ironed out, our
main problems will be solved. From then it's business as usual: continuing
to build a healthy community around Buildr.

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CXF
Project Name - Apache CXF

Description - SOA enabling framework, web services toolkit

Date of Entry - August 2006

Items to resolve before graduation:

Finalize/cleanup the PPMC and committer list to reflect actual
participation. We'll be starting those discussions and stuff shortly with
hopes to start graduation discussions shortly there after. Dan Kulp had a
"face to face" chat with Jim Jagielski at ApacheCon about how to proceed
with this.

Community aspects:

Worked with Geronimo and Yoko projects to break Yoko into parts bringing the
webservices stuff into CXF. Initial bits of code have been "svn cp" into
CXF.

Started discussions with Dain (and OpenEJB) about adding soap encoding and
JAX-RPC support into CXF. Work on that has started with contributions from
Dain.

Lots of traffic on the cxf-user list. That's a good thing. Some of them are
digging into CXF code and submitting patches and suggestions. That's an even
better thing. We need to find ways to get more of that.

Code aspects:

Released 2.0.3-incubator fixing over 70 issues found by users.

Preparing 2.0.4-incubator to be released soon fixing another 50+ issues.

2.1 work is progressing well.

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Imperius

Imperius has been incubating since November 2007.

Imperius is a rule-based infrastructure management tool

Infrastructure has been set up. Mailing lists are operational.

The repository has been set up, and the first code drop has arrived.  Work
is underway to organize the repository into a maven-friendly structure.  The
website is operational.

Community

Two of the original committers have had accounts created. We are still
waiting
for the arrival of ICLAs for the others before creating accounts for them.

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JSPWiki

JSPWiki has been incubating since September 2007.

JSPWiki is a JSP-based wiki program.

JSPWiki 2.6 LGPL was finally released just before Christmas, so the
development
could finally be moved to the Apache Incubation SVN. The code is
expected
to be transferred to the Apache repository within the next few weeks.

The incubator web site was also created.

Community

The developer and user mailing lists continue to have strong activity,
with a few dozen active participants and over a hundred monitoring
the lists.

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Sanselan

Sanselan has been in incubation since September 2007.

Sanselan is a pure-java image library for reading and writing a variety of
image formats.

The community is still small, with a few more members now compared to the
beginning.

The code base has been imported and the package names have been changed to
org.apache.sanselan. Work continues on scrubbing the code and organizing it
into maven.

A release is being prepared.

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UIMA
UIMA is a component framework for the analysis of unstructured content such
as text, audio and video. UIMA entered incubation on October 3, 2006.

Some recent activity:

Version 2.2.1 was released 12/2008, our third incubator release. We were the
first ones to follow the new incubator guidelines for distributing from
w.a.o/dist/incubator/{podling}. As part of this release, we also changed our
download pages to use the Apache mirroring mechanisms. Robert Burrell Donkin
was extremely helpful to us in this process, joining our dev mailing list
and being very responsive - Thanks Robert!.

A member of the team attended ApacheCon 2007 US and presented UIMA in the
"fast track" incubator presentations. Included in that presentation, which
is available on this wiki, are slides describing UIMA use in several
projects, and its adoption by several commercial companies.

A software grant for UIMA-EE, an extension to UIMA that uses JMS and Apache
ActiveMQ to enable additional, more flexible scaleout capabilities, was
submitted to the ASF, and has recently been received. Temis, a commercial
company using UIMA, has expressed interest in joining the development work
around this new capability, and we welcome their participation.

The Cas Editor is now ready for its first release inside the UIMA project,
some short test which roughly followed the test plan were successful. The
release should be out this month.

Items to complete before graduation:

We still need to attract more new committers. We're trying to spark even
more activity in the sandbox to get people to contribute.

Community:

We continue to do outreach to attract new contributors, which may become
committers. The donation of UIMA-EE is facilitating this.

There's a good amount of traffic on both the dev and user list.

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RCF
RCF is a rich component set for JSF which supports AJAX. We are in the
process of analyzing and removing undesired dependencies of our code to be
compliant in the OpenSource world.

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Tika
Tika ( http://incubator.apache.org/tika) is a toolkit for detecting and
extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using
existing parser Libraries. Tika entered incubation on March 22nd, 2007. The
previous report to the board can be found at
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/October2007.

Community:

No new committers since the last report, activity has been moderate but
steady, leading to the 0.1 release.

Development:

Tika 0.1 (incubating) has just been released.

Chris Mattmann intends to use that release in Nutch, That's good progress
towards Tika's goal of providing data extraction functionality to other
projects.

A new Tika logo was created by Google Highly Open Participation student,
hasn't been integrated yet.

Issues before graduation:

Now that the first release is out, we need to work on growing the community
and figuring out how to best interact with external parser projects.

Approved by General Consent.

19 Dec 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Henning]

Shindig, a "SocialContainer" is entering Incubation.  PDFBox and Bennu
(based on the old m0n0wall project) have been proposed to the Incubator.
RAT is in the Incubator, and will need to start reporting.

Woden has graduated to the WS Project.  FTPServer is in the process of
moving to MINA.  Yoko (CORBA ORB) is being split up, with parts going to
Geronimo and CXF.

UIMA, QPid, CXF did releases.

A number of new committers and PMC members added.

Community diversity is an area that was discussed, especially with Tuscany
failing to graduate over concerns related to community diversity.

========================

Sam to follow up on the ruby license issue.

Approved by General Consent.

14 Nov 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Henning]

Composer (a component container project), RAT (project analysis for
conformance with licensing and similar requirements) and buildr (a build
tool) have entered Incubation.  STDCXX is proposed for Graduation.

Tuscany did not graduate due to concerns over community diversity.  There
has been continued discussion on general@i.a.o about the need for diversity.
Tuscany is actively focused on building diversity now, with plans to
re-apply for graduation.

A number of projects are failing to build any community (and to report).  An
e-mail has been sent to general@i.a.o to discuss their future.  NMaven
reported late.  Wendy Smoak has volunteered to help Mentor the project.

Perhaps the biggest issue for the Incubator PMC is the long-standing issue
of redundant and not infrequently inaccurate project meta-data.  There are
plans to discuss the issue at ApacheCon, but as is often the case, support
tools receive little interest and effort from the community, whether for the
Incubator, Infrastructure, the Board or the Foundation as a whole.

Approved by General Consent.

17 Oct 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Geir]

The Incubator enjoyed another good month.

Tuscany and stdcxx are in the process of graduation votes and preparation of
TLP proposals.  Ivy graduated into Ant.  TripleSoup and JUICE are being put
into a dormant status.  "Pig" is *just* coming in, and "Imperius" should
enter Incubation shortly.  The RAT analysis tool is also being proposed for
Incubation.  The first reports for Sanselan, Sling and JSPWiki are included
in this month's report.  Lokahi isn't due to report this month, but since
there has been some on-going concern, I want to note that there has been
*some* uptick in activity, with a focus on removing the dependency on
Oracle.

-------------------------

Jim to take back minor completeness of report issues to the incubator.

Approved by General Consent.

19 Sep 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Greg]

The Incubator enjoyed another nice quiet month.  Busy, but no conflicts or
problems.  A few more new PMC Members were added, and a more couple people
stepped up as Mentors.  The recommendation to have at least 3 Mentors per
project, although not universally implemented, appears to be having the
desired effect of smoothing out the ride.  And projects are now coming to
the PMC to request additional Mentors when theirs go quiet or need to leave.

Sanselan and Sling have entered Incubation.  JSPWiki is due to join shortly.
A couple of other proposals are under consideration.

-------------------------

Approved by General Consent.

29 Aug 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Bill]

The Incubator enjoyed a nice quiet summer month.  Woden, CXF, Tuscany each
did a release.  A few new PMC Members were added, and a couple of people
stepped up as Mentors.  All in all, a nice quiet month for a change.

A couple of projects appear very close to graduation, e.g., Woden.

Lokahi did not report this month, and will be asked to report next month.
The project has been quiet lately, which is probably not a good sign, since
it is in real need of community.

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Approved by General Consent.

18 Jul 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Greg]

Project graduation continues, with Ode, ServiceMix, STDCXX and QPID looking
to receive TLP status now or shortly.  We also have new proposals, such as
the Java Resource Simulator.

By the same token, we're actively putting projects into a dormant status
when they are, in fact, dormant.  JuICE is likely the next such project,
with the vote is currently pending.  On the flip side, we've been asked to
bring log4php out of its dormant status, as there is a new community wanting
to work on it.

CXF and Tuscany have been doing releases.  CXF should probably be starting
to push for graduation, too, except for diversity being a concern (Tuscany
seems to have the same issue).

Work continues steadily on improving Incubator Documentation.  Craig Russell
and Robert Burrell Donkin deserve much credit for shepherding the issues.

-------------- PROJECTS -------------------

Apache CXF

Description - SOA enabling framework, web services toolkit

Date of entry - August, 2006

Top three items to resolve
 1. Diversity - Active commiters are mostly IONA people(and IONA aquiring
LogicBlaze didn't help).  However, we do have more than three indepentent
organizations represented.
 2. Growth of community - related to diversity.  The traffic on both the
users and dev lists is growing with new people jumping in.   The 2.0 release
has started to generate much more traffic.   With a full "none RC" release,
we've started getting traffic from people migrating from other products.
The CXF community is excited to see this and hope we can rise to the
challenge of supporting these new users.
 3. Mentor status - recent discussion on general@i.a.o suggested we really
need three active  mentors.   We currently only have 2 active mentors (Jim
and James).   That said, we successfully released 2.0 and voted in new
committers with votes from those two and others on the IPMC.   Thanks to the
other IPMC folks for taking the time.

Community aspects:
  * Voted in Jeff Genender as a committer due to his excellent work on
    JAX-WS compliancy fixes.
  * Voted in Tomasz Sztelak from XFire community.  He's been contributing to
    a Maven archetype as well as some docs and other XFire migration things.
  * Released 2.0-incubator
  * Apache Geronimo has been certified J2EE compliant using CXF as their
    JAX-WS and JWS implementation.
  * A lot of documentation has been added to our Wiki specifically
    targetting users and people migrating from XFire.   We hope this helps
    attract more users (and thus a create a larger community)

Code aspects:
  * Released 2.0-incubator - this release is JAX-WS Compliant and passed the
    TCK which was a major milestone for the project.
  * Working on bug fixes for a 2.0.1 hopefully to be released in a few more
    weeks to address issues found in 2.0.
  * Also planning features for 2.1 including JAX-WS 2.1

The board noted with some concern the lack of mentors for FtpServer. Bill to call for mentors.

Geir agreed to advise QPid on TCK issues.

Approved by General Consent.

7. Special Orders

20 Jun 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Will]

Apache Incubator Project Monthly Report

The PMC recommends that Wicket is ready to graduate as a top level
project.

Progress has been made on clarifying policy and on improving the guidance
documentation. The main focus has been on the graduation guide.  It has been
good to see the involvement of committers on projects under incubation in
this process. Martijn Dashorst in particular has made important
contributions which was recognized by the PMC though the grant of site
karma.

The major area of process controversy since the last report has been in the
area of election of committers. Clarification of policy in this area is
still ongoing.

The area of ensuring quality reports is still an area of concern and is
awaiting resolution.

In the past, activity levels of mentors has been an area of concern. Day to
day oversight for incubating projects is delegated to mentors so it is
important that mentors are active. The PMC has appointed additional mentors
for NMaven and ODE. Debates about the appropriate process for this should
hopefully lead to a clearer and more efficient process in future. The
question of how the PMC can know when a mentor becomes inactive is still
unresolved.

William A. Rowe, Jr. asked a number of questions at the ApacheConEU2007 BOF
and raised them again on the general list.  More work will be required to
address them.

A solution has been found to the Heraldry problem. Details in the report
below, but the gist is that we've retired the project at the behest of the
community.

Approved by General Consent.

16 May 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Jim]

We are revising the web site documentation to help better describe the
processes, policies and procedures.  No substantive policy changes, just
improved clarity.

All in all, things seem to be going fairly well.  Nothing major on a general
level to report during the short interval between the April and May reports.
Lokahi got a lot of exposure at ApacheCon EU in Amsterdam, and hopefully can
build on that in the coming months.

TSIK, which failed to report this month, is being marked as dormant at the
request of the WS PMC, which had sponsored it.  Yoko, however, is active,
and simply failed to provide a report on time.

Projects that fail to report will be asked if they are to be moved to a
dormant status.  In the case of projects that are active and fail to provide
a report, they will be barred from performing releases until they have
cleared up their reporting responsibilities.

Henri noted that the board received some good questions from Jukka regarding StdCxx, although this is an issue that the Incubator should be addressing. Justin to follow up on this.

It was also noted that some podling reports still are not providing requested information such as "Steps required for graduation" (Abdera and others). Also, many are providing their reports in Wiki markup (cut-paste) instead of formatted for text. The Incubator will be contacted to fix these issues.

The main discussion was regarding the Tuscany community split (Fabric3). The board agreed that it was potentially worrisome, and would watch this issue.

Approved by General Consent.

25 Apr 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Ken]

As noted in the March report, "Heraldry has had issues because of a vendor
deciding that they didn't like having to open up to community development
after all.  Work is underway to reconstitute the project without them.  The
heraldry-dev@ archives document the events and process."  Accordingly, the
Incubator has attempted to restart the Heraldry project with those who have
again agree to operate according to ASF policies and practices.  We don't
know how it will play out, but "be there even just 3 good people wanting to
collaborate" (abuse of literary reference), we will give them a chance.

A number of projects wanted to release during the past month, and that
appears to be going more smoothly now than it has in the past.  I believe
that the expectations are perhaps better known, and it seems that more
projects are running RBD's RAT before asking for a vote.  Tuscany withdrew a
set of votes in order to focus on community issues (some conflict), at least
one new Tuscany Committer has been voted upon since, and about a month later
Tuscany came back with a new request for a release.

Trinidad graduated out of the Incubator to MyFaces.  Another MyFaces-related
project is starting Incubation.

There is something of a shortage of people willing and able to act as
Mentors, even on some of the "larger" projects, much less some of the small
ones, e.g., FtpServer, that are asking for help.  There is no action item
for the Board, just an observation.

On a related note, we once again revisited the issue of who can be a Mentor,
and once again the vast consensus (with a few contrary votes) is that it is
not required that one be an ASF Member, but that it is desirable that at
least one Mentor on every project be an ASF Member, since that means that
the person will have access to archives and information from internal lists
that might be useful in the Mentoring process.

A number of projects failed to report.  They are noted below with a question
if they should be put into an archival status, and e-mail has been sent to
initiate the process.

The board liked the concept of "if no report is received, ask them if they want to be archived", mentioned in the report.

Approved by General Consent.

7. Special Orders

28 Mar 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Sam]

In addition to the individual projects, the Incubator is reviewing its
policy on Maven repository artifacts.  Currently, Incubator artifacts for
Maven are required to be placed in a separate repository, the goal being to
ensure that users are not "accidental tourists", but have agreed to use
Incubator artifacts.  Apparently, we're not quite getting what we want from
this approach, due to how Maven works, so we're revisiting the requirement,
and will likely drop the separate repository.  Perhaps we can use artifact
signing to address the matter in a future version of Maven.  Likewise, there
seems to be a consensus to move normally distributed (non-Maven) artifacts
into the mirrored ASF repository, under dist/incubator/, with the path, the
artifact names, and the disclaimer all clearly labelling the artifacts as
being in the Incubator.

There appears to be some community tension in the Tuscany project, but the
PMC consensus is that the Mentors are working on it, so we're going to let
it work itself out for now.

Heraldry has had issues because of a vendor deciding that they didn't like
having to open up to community development after all.  Work is underway to
reconstitute the project without them.  The heraldry-dev@ archives document
the events and process.

Tika, a Content Analysis Toolkit, was approved to start Incubation.

----

=== ADF Faces / Trinidad ===

iPMC Reviewers: jukka, yoavs, jim, noel

Apache Trinidad is a library of JavaServer Faces components, runnable with
every JSF-compliant implementation.

The Trinidad community was working over the past three month on several
topics, like getting Trinidad stable and
continuing the work for a JSF 1.2 compliant component lib.

The mailing list traffic was normal:
 * DEV: 115 (Dec 2006), 91 (Jan 2007), 219 (Feb 2007): , 27 (March 2007)
 * USER: 233 (Dec 2006), 365 (Jan 2007), 197 (Feb 2007): , 29 (March 2007)

Portal support landed on the trunk, contributed by Scott O'Bryan.  Support
for much improved dialogs came from Danny Robinson, and is gestating
on a branch.  50 user reported issues were resolved in this period.
The quality of the JSF 1.2 branch continued to solidify.

One of the items we are most proud of is the fact that we released a
1.0.0-incubating version of our Maven2 plugins
and began preparations to release the CORE of Trinidad, the JSF components
(for JSF 1.1).

Future goals:
 * working on the release of the Trinidad CORE (meaning the JSF components)
 * working on the graduation checklist

iPMC questions / comments:

 * jukka: Things to do before graduation?
answer: we are currently checking the check list and "missing things".
Please see the dev list.
 * yoavs: seems to me that mailing list traffic this month is drastically
lower than previous months.
answer: in march: user and dev lists are on a *regular base*. Feb was much
higher in DEV, that's right.
 * jukka: The report was submitted early, so only part of the traffic this
month is included in the stats
answer: as of today, user list (243) and dev list (148) (was 219 in Feb.)

----

Sam will remind the Incubator that "Incubating Since" dates should be on all reports.

Approved by General Consent.

21 Feb 2007 [Noel Bergman / Henri]

Summary
--------------
The Incubator continues along, with much project activity:
- mod_ftp graduated into the httpd project,
- log4net graduated into the Logging Services project,
- AltRMI, log4php, and TSIK exited Incubation into dormant status.
- The initial IP clearance for mod_wombat has been approved.
- Several other projects issued successful releases, and there seems
 to be increasing smoothness around the release verification and voting
 process.
- Roy Fielding resigned from the Incubator PMC.
- Niclas Hedhman joined the Incubator PMC (PMC chair still to request
 ACK from board@)

One new project entered incubation: TripleSoup, a SPARQL endpoint for
httpd.  The project proposal is available at
 http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/TripleSoupProposal and its proposal
acceptance vote at
 http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=incubator-general&m=117069564625278&w=2

Work continues on clarifying and improving Incubator documentation,
especially in the areas of IP clearance and related procedures.
There's a discussion around cleaning up the "bylaws" language in TLP
proposals in favor of "guidelines" or a similar term.  The start of
that thread is at
 http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=incubator-general&m=117130831724125&w=2

Issues / Comments from last month's Board meeting:
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Quotes are from previous Board meeting minutes, January 2007).
"A question to  be discussed later is what is the operational
difference between dormant and retired."
iPMC: No progress to report.

"The board clearly agreed that the Heraldry podling does not sound
healthy or "good"."
iPMC: Heraldry appears to be heading out of the Incubator into their
own project / foundation around OpenID, but mutual consent of all
parties involved.

"Jim noted his concern about Graffito and the apparent lack of any
activity combined with it's length of term within incubation."
iPMC: Graffito followup report is below.  The project appears to be
moving forward, albeit slowly.

February 2007 Podling Reports
--------------------------------------------
(Copied from wiki page at http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/February2007)

Sam noted his feelings that the incubator is truly becoming a mini ASF.

Approved by General Consent.

8. Special Orders

17 Jan 2007 [Noel J. Bergman / Cliff]

More and more ASF Members continue to join the Incubator PMC to help
shephard projects through the process.  ActiveMQ is the latest of a recent
string of ASF Projects asking to go TLP.  Solr requested graduation to the
Lucene project.  Synapse graduated to the WS project.

Agila has been placed into a dormancy status, with only the retirement of
the mailing lists outstanding
(http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/INFRA-1056).  AltRMI is also being
placed in a dormant status.  Others are likely to follow.  We may suggest
that other TLPs that have dormant codebases move them to a "dormant/" (or
some such) area of the Incubator, so that people can see the existance of
the code, and it can be revived in-place if a community forms around it.

===============================================

Incubator monthly reports for January 2007

The following projects failed to report on time:
 * Ivy
 * JuiCE
 * Qpid

----

Henri indicated that his worry with moving dormant codebases to the Incubator is whether the Incubator can be the one who guarantees someone is listening when a release has to be done. Sam suggested that the board request a clarification: dormant means no releases; To have a release would require reactivation. A question to be discussed later is what is the operational difference between dormant and retired.

Henri noted that the Felix wording is a bit weird: 'Committed OSGi source code which is AL 2.0'. Sounds like we're committing other people's source code - and asked if we were worried about this? Sam offered this analogy: one of the purposes of the CC licenses is to spell out the conditions under which you never need to ask permission. Our repositories certainly contain other people's binaries -- when they are under a compatible license. Sam said that he was not overly concerned about our repositories containing other peoples source, but what he is concerned about is whether or not we are following the terms of the license for that source.

The board clearly agreed that the Heraldry podling does not sound healthy or "good". However, the board did not see any reason to take direct action at this time: it noted that Heraldry was self-aware enough to recognize the issues. Greg did note that one third party said that Heraldry is not a community, but a "dumping ground" for corporate interests and noted that, if true, that might explain what is being observed.

Roller graduation was discussed. It was reported that the Wiki migration is the current issue blocking graduation.

Jim noted his concern about Graffito and the apparent lack of any activity combined with it's length of term within incubation. Sander agreed and noted that it is reassuring that there is a discussion within the podling taking place about the future of the project. Sander suggested that they provide a followup report for next month.

Justin asked that, regarding Lucene.Net, what is 'Highlighter.Net' and 'Snowball.Net'? It was reported that these are optional packages in Lucene that were ported to .NET.

Approved by General Consent.

20 Dec 2006 [Noel Bergman / Henri]

Projects in the Incubator have been very busy.  Tuscany, Qpid, Felix, CXF,
Synapse, Yoko, OpenJPA and Abdera have all been going through Incubator
releases in the past month.

Cayenne and OFBiz are proposed to Board to move to TLP status.  At least a
couple of other projects should be getting ready to do so.

No major conflicts in the past month.  Just a lot of work.

Reports are missing from ActiveMQ and log4php.

==================

There was discussion regarding Woden and whether its current level of diversity was adequate. It was noted that IBM and WSO2 have the "majority respresentation" but that, considering the Mentors of the podlings, the board trusts them (and the Incubator itself) to ensure diversity.

Henri noted that log4php hasn't had a commit in 10 months and looks to only have the one committer.

Justin noted that Wicket would like a license inclusion exception for small files. The board agreed that this made sense.

Approved by General Consent.

25 Oct 2006 [Noel J. Bergman / Sam, Jim]

--- September Report

Since the last report, there has been significant progress made by
individual projects within the Incubator (below).

Traffic on general@incubator.apache.org has been significant, with
contributions and oversight by many ASF Members and Directors.
General Incubator topics of discussion have included:

 - the pros and cons of using IRC as a communication tool
 - Specifications as a project type
 - Discussion related to governance and structure of the proposed
   JINI incubation, which has aspects of a specification and an
   implementation of the specification.
 - Establishing a Maven repository *just* for Incubator artifacts
 - Continued work on improving the Incubator documentation

One project, Felix, proposed graduation, and was asked to provide a
draft of the request that would come before the Board, and was also
asked --- a bit of a subtle change in how people have generally viewed
releases from projects in the Incubator --- to demonstrate a release,
so that people would be comfortable that they knew how to put out a
release conforming to ASF policy.  The Board should expect to see the
request at the October meeting.

QPid (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/QpidProposal) was accepted for
Incubation (actually, immediately prior to the August report).

Wicket (http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/WicketProposal) was accepted
for Incubation.

Henri noted that OpenEJB is now in our main JIRA - kudos to dblevins for coming up with a migration tool. The board expressed hope that the tool could be used for other projects.

Henri also suggested that Incubator reports also include the name of the person submitting the report (either Mentor or PPMC member). Justin originally did not see the need for this, but the board decided that this made sense after all and was a good idea.

Approved by General Consent

16 Aug 2006 [Noel Bergman / Sander]

 Lots of activity in the past month:

 - Discussion of Celtixfire, Wicket, Qpid, and other proposed
   projects.
 - Discussion of how to allow the use of Maven without co-mingling of
   Incubator artifacts with other Apache artifacts.  Henri is in the
   process of setting up a separate repository just for Incubator
   artifacts.
 - Recent discussion of Specifications as projects under ASF
   governance, catalyzed by the Qpid and JINI proposals.
 - On-going discussion on how best to bring established Open Source
   projects under Incubation without undue inconvenience to their
   existing user communities.
 - A lot of work by Robert Burrell Donkin on Incubator Documentation.

Greg suggested that for future reports, we should have a short, one-line description of what the project is. Unlike established projects, many of these are unknown, so it is hard to know what something like "Abdera" is trying to accomplish. Jim also suggested that they include the name(s) of the Mentor(s). Basically, the board is requesting a short admin overview from:

http://incubator.apache.org/projects/

Greg also noted the number of dormant projects and would like to see some closure.

Approved by General Consent

6. Special Orders

19 Jul 2006 [Noel Bergman / Jim]

A relatively quiet month on the Incubator front.

Projects continue to settle into the task of Incubation.  We are
currently engaged in a "doc-a-thon" at ApacheCon EU to polish the
documentation for our processes and policies.

An article discussing the Incubator was vetted by the PRC, and should
be out this month.  I have asked to see if we can get electronic
reproduction rights from the publisher for the article.

      --- Noel

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

ActiveMQ

The STATUS file for the project is up to date. The code is clean and
using only Apache-compliant libraries, it has the correct copyright
notices and is in the org.apache.activemq namespace. We've got all the
software grants sorted and all developers have their CLAs on file and
accounts created. The project's active mailing lists are proof of the
vibrant community behind ActiveMQ.

The Apache ActiveMQ 4.0 final has successfully been released. For more
information about the release, see:
http://incubator.apache.org/activemq/activemq-40-release.html
Development has started on the next 4.1 release. In tandem, the 4.0
branch has continued to stablize and a 4.0.1 release should be ready
shortly. Bug fix releases should start occurring now with more
frequency.

The website home page has now been sorted out and is being checked
into svn. The static HTML is being generated from a Confluence wiki
and content is very easy to update now. See:
http://incubator.apache.org/activemq/


Abdera

Project resources have been set up with the exception of issue
tracking. (we seem to have decided to use Jira instead of Bugzilla)

The Code Grant has been received and acknowledged

James Snell's ICLA has been received and acknowledged

Rob Yates ICLA was faxed in on Friday, June 16th but has not yet been
acknowledged

The initial code drop has been checked in to SVN

All copyright notices have been updated

Notice and License are included

Ant and Maven build scripts are included

We've decided on a repository layout

The initial drop of the project site has been checked in and includes
an FAQ, Getting Started Guide, Developer's Guide and Javadocs.


ADF Faces

The STATUS file for the project has been committed. Since the name ADF
Faces is only temporary, a vote for a new name was started. The new
name Trinidad has been choosen by the community. The Community itself
is growing. Users requested enhancements which have been provided.
Also some users contributed help and patches. For wiki the Trinidad /
ADF Faces project uses the Wiki of its sponsor, the Apache MyFaces
project. Some todos have been identified at the wiki, like continuum
based nightly build.

There is discussion on integrating the skinning and PPR rendering
solutions of Trinidad into Tomahawk.


Cayenne

Cayenne 1.2 Release Candidate was announced on 5/31/2006. The first
release from the Incubator (Cayenne 2.0) is planned to immediately
follow 1.2-final. It will be exact equivalent of non-Apache release
1.2, with package names changed to org.apache.cayenne, simplifying
user migration to the new namespace.

Mike Kienenberger and Andrus Adamchik were added to the Podling PMC.

We started collecting CLA's from emeritus committers. So far CLA's for
Holger Hoffstatte and Michael Shengaout are recorded. Most of the
remaining ones are confirmed to be in the mail and should be recorded
soon.

We are  mentoring three projects as a part of Google Summer of Code
program.


Graffito

There was not so much commits on the project due to the current
commiters activities. The company Sword Technologies donates new
Graffito services (worfklow, news management , mail and scheduler
services). Christophe will try to review and commit this code asap.

The Spring support is finished for the OCM Tools. Now the OCM tools
will be used in the complete Graffito stack. By this way, the Graffito
persistence service can access to JCR repositories.

Graffito is working with Jetspeed 2 head.


Kabuki

The contributing vendor backed out in favor of their own alliance
group without ever really getting started in the Incubator.  Unless
there is interest within the ASF, the Incubator PMC will retire this
project.


log4net

The log4net team has recently release 1.2.10. This release includes
many minor fixes which dramatically improve the quality of the
release. Since the release we have been tracking user feedback to
define our priorities for the next release.


log4php

After committing log4php PHP5 base code, not much going on this month.
No users has sent contributions and the mailing lists have low
activity. Hope to get some user contributions in the next month or
two...


Lucene.Net

Lucene.Net continues to progressing. Recently Lucene.Net 1.9 RC1 build
4 Beta was released and it's on its way to become "final" by the end
of the month. Folks are beginning to discover Lucene.Net and
activities on the project from posting questions and code fixes are
beginning to show some signs of life however, things are still slow in
terms of participation. Lucene.Net can use some publicity and exposure
which I intend to start doing.


Ode

Code from both BPE and PXE has been checked into the project's
subversion repository with appropriate headers, and the group is
prototyping and discussing approaches for integrating the engine with
an external runtime (e.g., a "plain old JVM", a J2EE application
server, or a JBI container) and for deployment.

PXE developers are also documenting the codebase (and especially the
engine core) to get all contributors to the same level of
understanding.


OFBiz

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

The gathering of iCLAs is mostly completed:

 total number of our contributors with iCLAs on file: 62

 there are 15 iCLAs that has been sent but not still filed at Apache;
 we hope to see them in soon

 there are 4 contributors whom we have been unable to contact: we
 have reviewed their contributions (that are fairly small) and we
 have asked to the Incubator PMC for help with this

removed and replaced all the jar files licensed under not-allowed
licenses (mostly LGPL)

completed the migration to the new issue tracking system: now we are
using the Apache's Jira server

completed the migration to the new mailing lists

asked for a new committer's account for our new committer Jacques Le
Roux; we are waiting for it to be created


mod_ftp

No report provided.  Very little e-mail traffic, and no commits.
Appears to be dormant, and neglected.


OpenJPA

Still getting started.  No report provided, although there is somewhat
active e-mail traffic (average of about 1 e-mail per day over the past
two months).

Jim to address mod_ftp (likely propose graduation to httpd)

Approved by General Consent

19 Jul 2006 [Noel J. Bergman / Greg]

This has been a busy month for the Incubator PMC, considering a number of
new submissions, such as:

 CeltixFire - a multiple vendor submission for a SOA platform
 Blaze - a proposed standard and set of implementations for messaging
         middleware interop
 Heraldry - an identity project

The Incubator continues to grow, and I have approached Dave Reid about
helping us to send out reminders to all of the Incubator projects, just as
he does for the rest of the ASF.

The Incubator PMC is reviewing our practices regarding Mentoring, and
revising our documentation in general.  Many thanks to Robert Burrell
Donkin, Noirin Plunkett, Justin Erenkrantz, Jean T. Anderson, and others for
their gratefully received contributions.

One good discussion has been on branding of projects in the Incubator.
Another good discussion was about the use of IRC, incorporated experiences
from multiple projects that use IRC, and effected the plans of at least one
Incubator project to use IRC.

Another topic that we are starting to discuss with an eye towards execution
is a policy on project dormancy, and what exactly to do to effect such a
project status.

Lastly, Cliff Schmidt raised the issue of disclosure regarding people being
contracted to act as Mentors, and the Incubator PMC agreed on a disclosure
policy that provides disclosure without appearing to be advertising.

============================================================================

Approved by General Consent

27 Jun 2006 [Noel Bergman / Jim]

A relatively quiet month on the Incubator front.

Projects continue to settle into the task of Incubation.  We are
currently engaged in a "doc-a-thon" at ApacheCon EU to polish the
documentation for our processes and policies.

An article discussing the Incubator was vetted by the PRC, and should
be out this month.  I have asked to see if we can get electronic
reproduction rights from the publisher for the article.

      --- Noel

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

ActiveMQ

The STATUS file for the project is up to date. The code is clean and
using only Apache-compliant libraries, it has the correct copyright
notices and is in the org.apache.activemq namespace. We've got all the
software grants sorted and all developers have their CLAs on file and
accounts created. The project's active mailing lists are proof of the
vibrant community behind ActiveMQ.

The Apache ActiveMQ 4.0 final has successfully been released. For more
information about the release, see:
http://incubator.apache.org/activemq/activemq-40-release.html
Development has started on the next 4.1 release. In tandem, the 4.0
branch has continued to stablize and a 4.0.1 release should be ready
shortly. Bug fix releases should start occurring now with more
frequency.

The website home page has now been sorted out and is being checked
into svn. The static HTML is being generated from a Confluence wiki
and content is very easy to update now. See:
http://incubator.apache.org/activemq/


Abdera

Project resources have been set up with the exception of issue
tracking. (we seem to have decided to use Jira instead of Bugzilla)

The Code Grant has been received and acknowledged

James Snell's ICLA has been received and acknowledged

Rob Yates ICLA was faxed in on Friday, June 16th but has not yet been
acknowledged

The initial code drop has been checked in to SVN

All copyright notices have been updated

Notice and License are included

Ant and Maven build scripts are included

We've decided on a repository layout

The initial drop of the project site has been checked in and includes
an FAQ, Getting Started Guide, Developer's Guide and Javadocs.


ADF Faces

The STATUS file for the project has been committed. Since the name ADF
Faces is only temporary, a vote for a new name was started. The new
name Trinidad has been choosen by the community. The Community itself
is growing. Users requested enhancements which have been provided.
Also some users contributed help and patches. For wiki the Trinidad /
ADF Faces project uses the Wiki of its sponsor, the Apache MyFaces
project. Some todos have been identified at the wiki, like continuum
based nightly build.

There is discussion on integrating the skinning and PPR rendering
solutions of Trinidad into Tomahawk.


Cayenne

Cayenne 1.2 Release Candidate was announced on 5/31/2006. The first
release from the Incubator (Cayenne 2.0) is planned to immediately
follow 1.2-final. It will be exact equivalent of non-Apache release
1.2, with package names changed to org.apache.cayenne, simplifying
user migration to the new namespace.

Mike Kienenberger and Andrus Adamchik were added to the Podling PMC.

We started collecting CLA's from emeritus committers. So far CLA's for
Holger Hoffstatte and Michael Shengaout are recorded. Most of the
remaining ones are confirmed to be in the mail and should be recorded
soon.

We are  mentoring three projects as a part of Google Summer of Code
program.


Graffito

There was not so much commits on the project due to the current
commiters activities. The company Sword Technologies donates new
Graffito services (worfklow, news management , mail and scheduler
services). Christophe will try to review and commit this code asap.

The Spring support is finished for the OCM Tools. Now the OCM tools
will be used in the complete Graffito stack. By this way, the Graffito
persistence service can access to JCR repositories.

Graffito is working with Jetspeed 2 head.


Kabuki

The contributing vendor backed out in favor of their own alliance
group without ever really getting started in the Incubator.  Unless
there is interest within the ASF, the Incubator PMC will retire this
project.


log4net

The log4net team has recently release 1.2.10. This release includes
many minor fixes which dramatically improve the quality of the
release. Since the release we have been tracking user feedback to
define our priorities for the next release.


log4php

After committing log4php PHP5 base code, not much going on this month.
No users has sent contributions and the mailing lists have low
activity. Hope to get some user contributions in the next month or
two...


Lucene.Net

Lucene.Net continues to progressing. Recently Lucene.Net 1.9 RC1 build
4 Beta was released and it's on its way to become "final" by the end
of the month. Folks are beginning to discover Lucene.Net and
activities on the project from posting questions and code fixes are
beginning to show some signs of life however, things are still slow in
terms of participation. Lucene.Net can use some publicity and exposure
which I intend to start doing.


Ode

Code from both BPE and PXE has been checked into the project's
subversion repository with appropriate headers, and the group is
prototyping and discussing approaches for integrating the engine with
an external runtime (e.g., a "plain old JVM", a J2EE application
server, or a JBI container) and for deployment.

PXE developers are also documenting the codebase (and especially the
engine core) to get all contributors to the same level of
understanding.


OFBiz

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

The gathering of iCLAs is mostly completed:

 total number of our contributors with iCLAs on file: 62

 there are 15 iCLAs that has been sent but not still filed at Apache;
 we hope to see them in soon

 there are 4 contributors whom we have been unable to contact: we
 have reviewed their contributions (that are fairly small) and we
 have asked to the Incubator PMC for help with this

removed and replaced all the jar files licensed under not-allowed
licenses (mostly LGPL)

completed the migration to the new issue tracking system: now we are
using the Apache's Jira server

completed the migration to the new mailing lists

asked for a new committer's account for our new committer Jacques Le
Roux; we are waiting for it to be created


mod_ftp

No report provided.  Very little e-mail traffic, and no commits.
Appears to be dormant, and neglected.


OpenJPA

Still getting started.  No report provided, although there is somewhat
active e-mail traffic (average of about 1 e-mail per day over the past
two months).

Tabled due to time constraints.

24 May 2006 [Noel Bergman / Sam]

Projects continue to settle into the task of Incubation.  We will
likely hold a meeting at ApacheCon EU in June to work on documentation
to try and polish our processes and documentation.  Might be worth
having a BOF one evening for every attendee involved in the Incubator.

A nice thing to see has been that with a continued influx of projects
has come new mentors.

Although we don't have any projects applying for TLP status this
month, we may have a few soon.

       --- Noel
       
-------------------------------------------------------------------
       
ActiveMQ
       
The STATUS file for the project is up to date. The code is clean and
using only Apache-compliant libraries, it has the correct copyright
notices and is in the org.apache.activemq namespace. We've got all the
software grants sorted and all developers have their CLAs on file and
accounts created. The project's active mailing lists are proof of the
vibrant community behind ActiveMQ. Nathan Mittler was voted in as
committer due to his excellent work on the C++ client for ActiveMQ.

The Java code base has has being going through QA and stabilization
for the past few months and several release candidates for 4.0 have
been cut. The 4.0 final release is currently under Vote and we expect
to have a final release very shortly. Development is starting to gear
up now for the 4.1 release and we are excited to find out where the
community and committers drive the development of the next 4.1
release.

The website home page has now been sorted out and is being checked
into svn.  The static HTML is being generated from a Confluence wiki
and content is very easy to update now. See:
http://incubator.apache.org/activemq/


ADF Faces

Mailing lists, subversion repository, and JIRA setup was completed,
along with accounts for two new committers to the podling. Initial
code drop committed to repository, starting to work through package
name adjustments and code review.


Cayenne

Initial committer accounts were created and the Jira migration was
completed. Migration of SourceForge CVS to Apache SVN was
completed. New modules developed since the Incubator proposal was
submitted (namely JPA module) are switched to the new package naming:
org.apache.cayenne. The core modules still use org.objectstyle.cayenne
naming.


Kabuki

Working on project documentation and logistics for using toolkit
hosted at Apache.


Lokahi

Not much going on this month, after a fairly active month in
April. Not issues that need the Incubator PMC or Board attention at
this time. Hoping to get more done in the next month or two...


Lucene.Net

Lucene.Net is progressing well. Recently MSDN style documentation was
added, the website was ironed out a bit and we are on track to release
Lucene.Net 1.9 by end of May. Also, the mailing list at ASF is now
starting to see some traffic. We are still awaiting the finalization
to add our second committer, to the project which we expect to be
completed this month.


Ode

Accounts have been created for almost everybody in the first round of
committers. Active discussion is underway about various subjects such
as the engine core structure or the deployment model. An IRC chat is
scheduled to kick-start these issues. A couple of modules (parser and
bom) have also been voted to be imported in Ode's trunk.


OFBiz

The main issue at the moment continues to be the gathering of
iCLAs. We're making progress:

 Total number of contributors contacted: 104
 Number of contributors with iCLA already filed at ASF: 41
 Number of contributors that have already sent their iCLA, but still
   not filed at ASF: 18
 Number of contributors who have not yet sent their iCLA: 45
 
We will begin discussing alternative strategies, such as clean-room
re-implementations, for code whose contributors have not sent in their
CLAs yet.

We've made some significant progress in replacing LGPL jars, mainly
JOTM, the default transaction manager of OFBiz. We've integrated the
Geronimo/Jencks transaction manager (TM) into OFBiz, and early testing
shows it's working fine. We continue testing and gathering feedback,
and anticipate that we will be able to remove the JOTM jars soon. At
the same time, we will be able to remove some other, less critical,
LGPLed jars. Once that's done, we plan to move the OFBiz codebase to
the Incubator SVN server

A new committer has been added to the project (Jacques Le Roux): he is
a longtime contributor and is doing some interesting implementation
for the POS (Point of Sale) component, so the core group of initial
committers has (succesfully) voted to grant him commit rights to the
POS component.


ServiceMix

The STATUS file for the project is up to date. The code is clean and
using only Apache-compliant libraries, it has the correct copyright
notices and is in the org.apache.servicemix namespace. We've got all
the software grants sorted and all developers have their CLAs on file
and accounts created. The project has very active mailing lists.

The code base is going through a stabilization phase. The community is
actively working on cutting Servicemix 3.0 M1 release
candidates. Hopefully once of those release candidates will make it to
a votes and pass soon.

The website home page has now been sorted out and is being checked
into svn.  The static HTML is being generated from a Confluence wiki
and content is very easy to update now. See:
http://incubator.apache.org/servicemix/


stdcxx

Stdcxx status report for the calendar quarter ending in 4/2006:

This is the third quarterly report for stdcxx.

Since the last report the stdcxx community has added a new committer,
Anton Pevtsov, and with his help successfully completed the release of
version 4.1.3 of the project.

Since the relase the team has made significant progress migrating the
Rogue Wave C++ Standard Library test harness and test suite to the
Apache stdcxx test driver. The stdcxx community also continues to
increase the visibility of the project with the goal of further
raising the number as well as diversity of its users, contributors,
and committers.

The plan for the next three months is to continue to work on migrating
the test suite and, in parallel, to enhance the support for the C++
Standard Library extensions described in the Technical Report on C++
Library Extensions and recently voted into the working paper of the
(next) C++ Standard expected to be released by 2009.


Synapse

After the M1 release in December, Synapse had a slow start to the
year.  However, recently the project has restarted in full vigor with
some key design improvements to make things cleaner and easier to
develop. The focus on the XML config model has been reduced with the
Synapse system being run on an object model config which can be filled
using the XML config language or directly (or from a database or
whatever). We're now working towards an M2 release ASAP to get wider
feedback on the core design and architecture and if that goes well
another release by ApacheCon to get closer to the desired function for
the system.

Community development is also making slow but steady progress. The
diversity has improved and we've recently added a new committer as
well. If all goes well and if the community development continues,
Synapse should be ready for graduation soon - probably before
ApacheCon.


Tuscany

On the Java side, Community and code development are continuing. We
have added two new committers (Ant Elder and Daniel Kulp) since the
last report and have many other people active on the mailing lists. We
have been working toward a Java release which is intended to allow
others to easily contribute plugins and other functionality in order
to further expand the community. A vote on a candidate started on the
development list (as of 5/18/06) and if passed we will be asking the
Incubator PMC for permission to release it.

After a slower start development is now also ramping up on the C++
codebase but additional effort will be needed to attract new community
members.


WebWork 2

We resolved the remaining IP issues that included LGPL Javascript
dependencies, invalid copyrights (MyCorp, Inc), and code grants for
valid copyrights. The Struts PMC then successfully voted to accept the
WebWork 2 podling and the Incubator PMC vote passed as well. The
infrastructure and website-related graduation tasks have been
completed and we are now fully graduated.


Woden

Woden project members are actively engaged with the W3C Web Service
Description Working Group to define interoperability testing. Woden
has now implemented the WSDL Component Model Interchange Format which
is being used to compare parser implementations. A W3C interop event
is being planned for July 5-7 at the IBM Toronto Lab. Woden project
members will participate in this event. The goal of this event is to
advance the WSDL 2.0 specification beyond the Candidate Recommendation
stage.


Yoko

Project just started incubation. CLAs are on file for the initial
committers. A CCLA has been received for the initial contributions of
Java ORB implementation and the code has been imported into SVN
repository.  Mailing lists, subversion repository, and JIRA setup was
completed. Activity is starting on the development mailing list.

Currently dev team started to discuss what would be a good first
milestone release and its definition.

Approved by General Consent.

6. Special Orders

26 Apr 2006 [Noel Bergman / Dirk]

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

----

ActiveMQ

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
steam.


Agila
AltRMI


Cayenne

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.


Felix

 * 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
  committer.
 * 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 :)"


Graffito

* 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
size.


Harmony

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.,
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.


JuiCE

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.


Kabuki

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.


log4net

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
security@apache.org. We would like to thank Mark Cox from the security team
for his help managing this issue.


Lokahi

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.

Lucene4c

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

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

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
bases.


OFBiz

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
http://ofbizwiki.go-integral.com/Wiki.jsp?page=OFBizDevelopers.

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

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.


ServiceMix

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

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


Solr

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.


Synapse

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 issues.apache.org 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.


WADI

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]
http://wadi.codehaus.org/


Yoko

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.

Greg was to ask for reports for Abdula and AltRMI.

Stefano noted that Harmony was "growing like a weed" but in a good way. Henri and Cliff confirmed that releasing Roller under ASF infrastructure was awaiting the final release of the 3rd Party (LGPL) Policy and that appropriate discussions are happening.

Approved by General Consent.

15 Mar 2006 [Noel Bergman / Jim]

The Incubator will switch over to providing monthly reports to reduce the
size of each one, with roughly 1/3 of projects reporting each month.  We did
not reach 1/3 this month, but will pick up the pace next month.

Currently, we are revisiting Incubator policy with an eye to streamline
procedures, provide more oversight, and improve clarity and scalability.
There is some dicussion and difference of opinion on how many Mentors should
be necesary, but I'm sure that we will soon come to a consensus.

Less debate on the idea that a Mentor is an Incubator PMC member who is
providing oversight and guidance.  ASF Members can automatically join the
Incubator PMC upon request.  The Incubator PMC has also chosen to elect
non-Members to the PMC.

An IP claim was made this month regarding some code contributed to Harmony.
Harmony has not provided a report this month, but is actively and properly
addressing the matter.

Related to the Incubator only because we are the entry portal for projects,
we are seeing increasing pressure caused by the fact that JIRA cannot import
projects from existing JIRA instances.  A number of projects have external
issue tracking in JIRA that would like to have their issues migrated.  It
has not been a high priority for Atlassian, but perhaps we're starting to
see enough of an outcry from some of projects for things to change.  Plus,
with the underlying OFBiz technology becoming an ASF project, perhaps we can
get more hands involved in that layer of code.  An alternative would be to
host multiple JIRA instances, just as we currently host two instances of
bugzilla, the extra one being for SpamAssassin, although the RAM footprint
for that alternative could prove prohibitive.

JackRabbit has applied to the Board for TLP status.  The Incubator PMC has
voted to endorse the petition, and wishes the project much success.

Other projects are also doing quite well.  Were it not for the licensing
issue related to its use of Hibernate, I would consider Roller to be in pole
position for TLP status.

Below are contributed reports from those projects reporting this month.
JackRabbit is expected to graduate.  Kabuki and OFBiz should provide reports
next quarter.  I'll ask ActiveMQ, ServiceMix and Cayanne to submit more
detailed information again this quarter.


------------------------------------

During the review of the project report, the board discussed the idea of providing guidance to the Incubator that, even though podlings could have more than one mentor, one mentor should be noted as the "lead mentor" or the "point man" for the podling. This will provide more clear direction and procedures for the podling. Jim volunteered to relay this to the Incubator PMC.

Approved by General Consent.

6. Special Orders

18 Jan 2006 [Noel J. Bergman / Sander]

The Incubator continues to see good progress in a number of projects and
their communities.

Several items of note from this past quarter:

 We have had some discussion regarding the rate of growth, how to
 manage it, how to ensure proper oversight.  We have not finalized
 any policy changes, but should do so shortly.  There is a sometimes
 not-so-subtle- tension between oversight and nimbleness, and we're
 trying to give as much of the latter as possible without sacrificing
 the former.

 We have also had a discussion regarding importing external codebases,
 with the conclusion that where possible, we DO want to import the
 entire history.
 This will require some help from Infrastructure to help us swizzle the
 imported authors into some canonical format that won't collide with our
 ASF author namespace.

 People are unhappy with the state of building the web site.  There are two
 possible paths: switching our content to anakia format, or improvement in
 the usability of Forrest.  Which path we take will depend upon the energy
 invested by those who want to help effect the change.

 Jean T. Anderson has helped to revise the Incubator Guidelines, although
 we will have to continue the process.

                          - 0 -

The list of projects in the Incubator is at
http://incubator.apache.org/projects/.  Here are the STATUS reports from the
PPMCs.  The drafts were collected at
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/IncubatorBoardReport2006Q1.  Axion never
began Incubation, despite having been approved by the DB PMC, and will
likely be removed from the list in this quarter.  AltRMI and FTPServer
failed to provide quarterly reports.  AltRMI has gained no traction, and is
likely to leave the Incubator to go elsewhere.  FTPServer has added two new
Committers, and we see continued activity to revitalize a once dormant
project.  Several projects below have graduated, and are noted as such, but
until they participate by updating their Incubator documents to indicate
that fact, I will continue to ping them.  PMCs must help to maintain the
content for the podlings that they have sponsored, or we will never be able
to scale.

I addressed the e-mail delivery problem I mentioned in the last quarterly
report by adding myself to the allow list for every PMC mailing list.

Projects

It was noted that the Incubator reports are very large, due to the large number of podlings that comprise the report list. Jim suggested that we make the Incubator reports monthly, but alternate which podlings are included in each monthly report, much as we do with the ASF TLP. This suggestion was approved by all.

There was a question regarding why Roller was being released from a non-ASF site. Sander volunteered to investigate, but it was assumed by the board that this was due to the Hibernate dependency issue.

Approved by General Consent.

26 Oct 2005 [Noel Bergman / Ben]

The Incubator continues to see good progress in a number of projects and
their communities.

This quarter saw continued development of our communities.  A major and
happy surprise was the resurrection of the ftpserver project from total
quiescence.

One general issue has come up with a certain amount of contention.  What do
we do when we have outside communities and ASF Members who want to establish
a project in some problem domain, and some third party feels that we are
invading their turf.  I have my own view --- even internally, we do little
about inter-project competition, e.g., Ant and Maven --- but we can probably
expect to have this issue come up now and then.

Continued thanks to our manual ForrestBot, David Crossley, for helping to
keep the web site built, and to others contributing their time.

 - 0 -

The list of projects in the Incubator is at
http://incubator.apache.org/projects/.  Here are the STATUS reports from the
PPMCs.  The drafts were collected at
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/IncubatorBoardReport2005Q4.  All but WSRP4J
provided a status report.

On a related note, I and other members of the infrastructure team remain
rather displeased that e-mail sent by us to more than a few ASF lists as
necessary to notify them of something, bounces because the projects have had
moderated posting disabled for their list(s).  We must correct this problem,
either by adding every ASF Officer, Director and infrastructure team member
to the allowed list for every mailing list, or by requiring moderated lists.

Approved by General Consent.

28 Jul 2005 [Noel Bergman]

Status report for the Apache Incubator Project
================================================

The Incubator continues to see good progress in a number of projects
and their communities, with more projects graduating to TLP status, or
to existing TLPs.

IP issues continue to be a major aspect of life in the Incubator.  We
welcome Cliff Schmidt's appointment as VP of Legal Affairs, and look
forward to his help.  Congratulations, Cliff.

A number of new projects have entered the Incubator, with a
corresponding increase in the Incubator PMC.  The Incubator PMC has
established the policy that an ASF Member who is a Mentor or Committer
on an Incubator project is automatically entitled to be on the
Incubator PMC pending acceptance by the Member and board notification.

Continued thanks to our manual ForrestBot, David Crossley, for helping
to keep the web site built, and to others contributing their time.

 - 0 -

The list of projects in the Incubator is at
http://incubator.apache.org/projects/.  Here are the STATUS reports
from the PPMCs.  Several projects are missing, as noted below, and are
again reminded.

27 Apr 2005 [Noel Bergman]

The Incubator continues to see good progress in a number of projects
and their communities, with more projects graduating to TLP status, or
to existing TLPs.

This quarter saw healthy discussion of what constitutes a healthy
community.  The issue came up in regard to Derby (the Derby PPMC has
exhibited a welcome response to addressing the issue), but really is
generic to all projects, incubator and otherwise.  As an aside, I try
to keep track of recent Incubator graduates, and am generally pleased
with how well they continue to do after leaving.

Derby is actively trying to expand the number and independence of
their Committers, with an eye towards graduating from the Incubator.

The Incubator PMC will take a look this quarter at what to do with
projects that have grown quiet.  Some sort of hibernation status is
one thought.

Resource related issues have eased somewhat.  Although, we still lack
a sufficent level of automation, things have improved considerably,
due in no small measure to Roy helping out with mailing lists, David
Crossley helping to keep the web site built, and others contributing
their time.

 - 0 -

The list of projects in the Incubator is at
http://incubator.apache.org/projects/.  Attached are the STATUS
reports from the PPMCs that have provided one.  Other projects did not
submit a status report to the PMC, or submitted one too late for
inclusion in this quarter's report.

There was discussion over the continued growth of the ASF via the Incubator and whether some control or limit was required. The general consensus was that unless the Incubator Project felt that this was a concern, the board was premature is making it a concern at this point.

Apache Incubator Project report approved as submitted by general consent.

19 Jan 2005 [Noel J. Bergman]

We are seeing good progress in a number of projects.  Several new
projects have moved into the Incubator, e.g., Graffito, a couple are
preparing to apply for TLP status or move into existing TLPs, and
others are maturing nicely.

Resource creation bottlenecks continue to effect the Incubator.  One
thing that would help will be an integrated script to create the
necessary resources for an Incubator project.  That would require more
karma to run than most people have, but could be run by a root person
after reviewing the data that would drive it.

Licensing and other IP related issues were reported as an on-going
topic of discussion in the last report, at which time I mentioned that
it would help to have some legal resource(s) participating with the
Incubator.  IP issues continued to come up this quarter, and the new
legal resources have started to be helpful to us.

MyFaces is preparing to apply for TLP status.  The Directory project
will likely apply for TLP status around the next quarterly report, and
is preparing its first milestone releases, including a generally
useable version of the existing Apache Naming package from Catalina,
which Phil Steitz is trying to get Tomcat to review for future
inclusion.

Additional human resources are always welcomed.

                         - 0 -
                         
The list of projects in the Incubator is at
http://incubator.apache.org/projects/.  Here are the STATUS reports
from the PPMCs that have sent one in.  Other projects did update their
STATUS files on the aforementioned page.


Status Report from the Graffito PPMC
====================================

1) Is the STATUS file up to date?

 Yes

2) Any legal, cross-project or personal issues that still need to be
 addressed?
  
 * Software grant has been recieved by the ASF.
 * All trademark issues with project name have been resolved.
 * We have renamed the JCMS project as Graffito to avoid naming
   confusion with Jalios JCMS, another Java based CMS system.
     
3) What has been done for incubation since the last report?
      
 * We cleaned up repository, site, build process, site deployment
   and publishing to help new users and developers jump into the
   project.
 * Christophe Lombart account has been created and karma granted
 * ASF Infrastructure has been set up for Graffito
 * We are working on the Jetspeed 2 integration & building JSR 168
   portlets.

4) Plans and expectations for the next period?

 * Add more info in the Graffito site
 * WEBDAV integration
 * More work on Jetspeed 2 integration, building portlets.
 * Introduce Graffito to some important related projects:
     Slide, JackRabbit, Jetspeed ... in order to grow the
     development community
    
5) Any recommendations for how incubation could run more smoothly for
 you?

 None so far.

In addition to the attached report, 2 oral reports were given:

Ken Coar: Derby ----- - Going well.

Davanum Srinivas: Apollo/Hermes/Muse ------------------ - New committer for Hermes (Stefan Lischke) - Projects are trying to recruit new committers - Apollo Trademark is a stumbling block for incubated release of Apollo - Hermes will implement both WS-Eventing and WS-Notification standards

Mirae ----- - New project for JSR 172 (Web services under J2ME) - Waiting for me (Dims) to do the infrastructure work

Apache Incubator Project report approved as submitted, amended and discussed by general consent.

20 Oct 2004 [Noel Bergman]

Since the last report to the Board, Lenya has become ready to fly the
nest; and new projects such as Agila, Derby, JackRabbit and iBATIS
have begun Incubation.

Infrastructure bottlenecks continue to effect the Incubator.  I say
this without pointing fingers, since as a member of the Infrastructure
Team, I am one of the people responsible for being or removing those
bottlenecks.  It is simply that we can create a rash of requests for
project resources, and we (the Infrastructure Team) are short-staffed.
One thing that should help will be improved scripts for mailing list
creation.  Hopefully, we will have some time at the Hack-a-thon to
work those tools.

Licensing and other IP related issues were reported as an on-going
topic of discussion in the last report, at which time I mentioned that
it would help to have some legal resource(s) participating with the
Incubator.  IP issues have come up this quarter that make it even more
imperative that we have sufficient legal resources working with the
Incubator, and the ASF in general, to address IP issues.

 - 0 -

The list of projects in the Incubator is at
http://incubator.apache.org/projects/.
Here are the STATUS reports from the PPMCs that have sent one in.

There was discussion regarding the fact that the Directory PPMC has added "subprojects." It was agreed that all Incubator projects should be flat, not hierarchical. Even well established ASF projects have troubles as umbrella projects, and it is quite reasonable to assume that Incubator projects will have extreme difficulty being an umbrella PPMC.

Project Report Approved by General Consent.

18 Aug 2004 [Noel Bergman]

Nicola Ken Barozzi stepped down as Incubator PMC Chair, and was
replaced by Noel J. Bergman.  We thank Nicola Ken for his efforts in
helping to recast the Incubator to best fulfill its designated
functions.

Since the last report to the Board, several projects have graduate
from the Incubator, including: Geronimo, XML-Beans, SpamAssassin, and
Pluto.  Lenya appears ready to fly the nest, and may have a proposal
for the Board, although one is not ready at the time of this writing.

Significant entries into the Incubator include Beehive and MyFaces (a
JavaServer Faces implementation).  The long awaited Axion database
project appears ready to begin incubation.  A project sponsored by the
HTTP Server PMC for integrating Apache Web Server with ISO/ECMA CLI has
also begun incubation.

A few projects seem stalled in the Incubator, and are not responding
to requests for status.  We may have to cull the herd in a few cases,
but these appear to have failed to attract/build a community, and
seem relatively inactive.

Infrastructure bottlenecks are effecting the Incubator.  I say this
without pointing fingers, since as a member of the Infrastructure
Team, I am one of the people responsible for being or removing those
bottlenecks.  It is simply that we can create a rash of requests for
project resources, and we (the Infrastructure Team) are short-staffed.
One thing that should help will be improved scripts for mailing list
creation.

The Incubator has worked with the newly formed PRC to help establish
some guidelines, so that the PRC can help ensure that any PR related
to Incubator projects makes clear the project's status.  We have also
had discussions related to trying to make sure that projects really
are begun Incubation before they are used for PR purposes.

Licensing and other IP related issues remain a topic of discussion.
It would help to have some legal resource(s) participating with the
Incubator.

All in all, the Incubator seems to be finding its stride and proving a
good asset for the Foundation.

 - 0 -

Here are the STATUS reports from the PPMCs that have sent one in.

Approved by General Consent.

21 Jul 2004 [Noel Bergman]

Nicola Ken Barozzi stepped down as Incubator PMC Chair, and was
replaced by Noel J. Bergman.  We thank Nicola Ken for his efforts in
helping to recast the Incubator to best fulfill its designated
functions.

Since the last report to the Board, several projects have graduate
from the Incubator, including: Geronimo, XML-Beans, SpamAssassin, and
Pluto.  Lenya appears ready to fly the nest, and may have a proposal
for the Board, although one is not ready at the time of this writing.

Significant entries into the Incubator include Beehive and MyFaces (a
JavaServer Faces implementation).  The long awaited Axion database
project appears ready to begin incubation.  A project sponsored by the
HTTP Server PMC for integrating Apache Web Server with ISO/ECMA CLI has
also begun incubation.

A few projects seem stalled in the Incubator, and are not responding
to requests for status.  We may have to cull the herd in a few cases,
but these appear to have failed to attract/build a community, and
seem relatively inactive.

Infrastructure bottlenecks are effecting the Incubator.  I say this
without pointing fingers, since as a member of the Infrastructure
Team, I am one of the people responsible for being or removing those
bottlenecks.  It is simply that we can create a rash of requests for
project resources, and we (the Infrastructure Team) are short-staffed.
One thing that should help will be improved scripts for mailing list
creation.

The Incubator has worked with the newly formed PRC to help establish
some guidelines, so that the PRC can help ensure that any PR related
to Incubator projects makes clear the project's status.  We have also
had discussions related to trying to make sure that projects really
are begun Incubation before they are used for PR purposes.

Licensing and other IP related issues remain a topic of discussion.
It would help to have some legal resource(s) participating with the
Incubator.

All in all, the Incubator seems to be finding its stride and proving a
good asset for the Foundation.

 - 0 -

Here are the STATUS reports from the PPMCs that have sent one in.

21 Apr 2004 [Nicola Ken Barozzi]

Here are the STATUS reports from the PPMCs that have sent it in. All
have been approved by the respective Mentors:

Status report from the Geronimo PPMC
====================================

* The project status file (/home/cvs/incubator-geronimo/STATUS)
 is up to date.

* Geir Magnusson is preparing a response to the JBoss letter for
 approval by the ASF Board. It concludes that there is no validity
 to the claims.

* Legal arrangements have been made to provide non-Members with access
 to the J2EE TCK. Certification testing will be starting imminently.

* No response has been received from Sun on the use of J2EE Schema
 documents and hence the project will keep these in its CVS as other
 projects do. If the matter is raised by Sun then they will be removed
 immediately.

* All code in the project has been converted to ASL 2.0

* Jacek Laskowski has been added as a committer

Within the next period (3 months) we expect to:
o Exit the incubator

o Release alpha and beta versions

o Progress with J2EE certification testing


Status report from the Directory PPMC
======================================

* The status file is NOT up to date.  I will add the extra details
 concerning Alan Cabrera's joining and the adoption of RMS shortly.

* We still have a dependency on Snacc4J which is being worked on as
 we speak.  This dependency is the only one holding the project in
 the incubator for the time being.  We expect have this resolved
 before another status report or two at the most.

* Since the last report the following has happened:
 - Alan Cabrera from Geronimo joined the team
 - added the RMS subproject which will work closely with Janus
 - skeletal frontend completed - it replies 'Busy' to all requests
 - cleaned up builds
 - created multiple JIRA projects one for each subproject
 - got website up to date
 - all projects are nicely progressing towards maturity

* Within the next period we hope to:
 - remove the snacc4j dependency completely
 - prepare for exiting the incubator
 - take on 1-2 more contributors and bring them up to speed

* Recommendations for smoother incubation:
 - At this point we have some questions concerning the graduation
   from the incubator.  I think we're the first project that will
   become a TLP to graduate.  Perhaps Geronimo may do it first
   then we have a model to emulate.  But in case that does not
   happen we would like to have an idea of the steps involved so
   we're poised for a graceful exit.


Status report for JuiCE
========================================

JuiCE is just entering incubation, and is currently in the process of
starting up.  We are currently waiting on CLAs from core developers to
enable us to get started.

 * is the STATUS file up to date? (also post link)

Yes - http://incubator.apache.org/projects/juice.html

 * any legal, cross-project or personal issues
   that still need to be addressed?

No.

 * what has been done for incubation since the last report?

JuiCE has only just entered the Incubator.  We are currently in the
process of getting infrastructure up and running, accounts set up and
code imported.

 * plans and expectations for the next period?

Getting code imported, web site setup and development started.

Approved via General Consent.

21 Apr 2004

Change the Chair of the Incubator PMC

 WHEREAS, the membership of the Apache Incubator Project
 Management Committee (PMC) have recommended Noel J. Bergman to
 serve as chairman of the Apache Incubator PMC; and

 WHEREAS, the previously appointed chairman of the Apache
 Incubator PMC, Nicola Ken Barozzi, has stepped down from his
 position as Vice President, Apache Incubator, in favor of Noel
 J. Bergman's appointment to that position.

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Noel J. Bergman be and
 hereby is appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache
 Incubator, to serve in accordance with and subject to the
 direction of the Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the
 Foundation until death, resignation, retirement, removal or
 disqualification, or until a successor is appointed.

 This was approved via Unanimous Vote.

21 Jan 2004 [Nicola Ken Barozzi]

Status report for the Apache Incubator Project

* Notable happenings in the Incubator

The project has finally started to function correctly and has given itself
a sensible set of rules.

We have now clear and useful incubation status files with the action items
to be done for incubation.

We have established the concept of PPMC, that is a "practice" PMC where
the Incubator PMC members and the Project members collaborate in the
management of project issues.

We have started asking status reports, the result of which will be
supplied to the board in the next report.

Projects are starting to ask for graduation based on the action items done
in the status files. MerlinDeveloper has graduated to the Avalon Project.


* any legal issues to bring to the board?

From the Geronimo PPMC: " A serious legal issue was raised by JBoss Group
LLC in a letter dated 10/31/2003. This issue has been thoroughly
investigated and the conclusion of the community is that the issues raised
in the letter are unfounded.

A question has arisen whether it is permissible to include XML Schema
documents for J2EE deployment descriptors in CVS. We have raised the issue
with Sun and are awaiting a response.

The community voted to keep the name "Geronimo" "

We are still waiting legal counsel to decide how to respond.

From the SpamAssassin PPMC " Copyright and distribution rights still
remain to be verified, although all CLAs should now be in, assuming Matt
Sergeant finally got around to it -- so it's up to ASF legal now.

The trademark issue on the "SpamAssassin" name is still in progress; as
far as I know, NAI legal still need to provide some documentation to DW,
Jim Jagielski et al. "

* any cross-project issues that need to be addressed?

I have read on the board list that the developers of the jakarta jetspeed,
jakarta pluto, Web Services wsrp4j, would like propose to the board the
creation of the Apache Portal Services top level project.

From my POV this doesn't affect incubation, other than having the new
Portal PMC as the Sponsor rather than the Jakarta PMC. I reckon that in
any case this would be highly beneficial WRT incubation, and that it could
be wrapped up and voted out quite quickly, because of the more focused PMC
(Portals).

* any problems with committers, members, etc?

The problems, as usual for us, come from outside members and committers
that discredit the Incubator, basing it mainly on incomplete and old
knowledge of how we work.

With the new rules we are using, with projects exiting, and with some
clarification on our site, I believe that these will get much less.

If the Incubator is functioning outside of its mandate, please let me
know.

* plans and expectations for the next period?

On the whole there has been a very big advance in the way we function. I
expect that to stabilize, with finalization of the last decisions on the
website.

I plan to start shortly a discussion about a general PMC charter with
general rules, that can in the future be used by PMCs by simply
highlighting the differences from the main text.

The report, as noted in Attachment B, was approved by General Consent.

22 Oct 2003 [Jim Jagielski]

Jim Jagielski has asked to step down as the Chair of the Incubator
PMC.  An election was held and the PMC has recommended that
the board appoint Nicola Ken Barozzi as replacement PMC Chair.

The Incubator web site is being significantly updated to better
reflect reality and to expressly state the requirements and
assumptions within the ASF and the Incubator.

Spam Assassin is being added to the Incubator fold. We are in
the process of receiving the required CLAs from all SA
contributors, and there are many of them. No "Mentor/Shepherd"
(see below) has been selected appointed yet (officially).

Pluto is also being added to the fold.  At present, the s/w
base as been copyright assigned and licensed to the ASF. CLAs
of all contributors have also been submitted and received.
The Jakarta PMC has agreed to accept Pluto after successful
incubation.

There is ongoing discussion within Incubator regarding its
function and role and how to best accomplish them. Discussion
regarding terminology (such as "Mentor" or "Shepherd") as
well as procedures are being (hopefully) finalized.

The current roster of the Incubator PMC consists of:

 Aaron Bannert
 Nicola Ken Barozzi  (Chair select)
 Noel Bergman
 Ken Coar
 Roy Fielding
 B. W. Fitzpatrick
 Paul Hammant
 Ted Leung
 Jim Jagielski
 Sam Ruby
 Leo Simmons
 Davanum Srinivas
 Greg Stein
 Sander Striker

Approved by General Consent.

22 Oct 2003

Appoint new Chair of the Apache Incubator Project

 WHEREAS, the membership of the Apache Incubator Project Management
 Committee (PMC) have appointed Nicola Ken Barozzi to serve as
 chairman of the Apache Incubator PMC; and

 WHEREAS, the previously appointed chairman of the Apache Incubator
 PMC, Jim Jagielski, has stepped down from his position as Vice
 President, Apache Incubator, in favor of Nicola Ken Barozzi's
 appointment to that position.

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Nicola Ken Barozzi be and
 hereby is appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache
 Incubator, to serve in accordance with and subject to the direction
 of the Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation
 until death, resignation, retirement, removal or
 disqualification, or until a successor is appointed.

 This was passed by Unanimous Consent.

16 Jul 2003 [Jim Jagielski]

The Apache Incubator Project is having the dubious honor of
"incubating" itself as well as other products.  Regarding the
Incubator Project itself, there are still basic, fundamental
issues that ideally should have been resolved before it started
accepting products/projects.  As such, things do not progress as
smoothly as anticipated.  Nevertheless, the following projects
are being (or have been) incubated as we speak:

 o AltRMI:
   A transparent Remote Procedure Call bean. 
 o FtpServer:
   A complete FTP Server based on Avalon principles. 
 o Lenya:
   An Open-Source Content Management and publishing system. It is based
   on open standards such as XML and XSLT.
 o OpenORB:
   An Open-Source CORBA framework implementation. (donation to
   ASF/Avalon and licensing issues)
 o Tapestry:
   A complete framework offering an alternative to JSP & Velocity
   scripting environments. (graduated to Jakarta)

In addition, discussion regarding the inclusion of XMLBeans into
the Incubator is progressing as well.  So the good news is that the
Incubator *is* filling a void;  the bad news is that we are still
determining the best way to do that.  A good summary of some of these
issues  was written by Nicola Ken Barozzi to general@incubator.apache.org
in Message-Id <3F0A8B31.6070906@apache.org>.  Copies can be provided
as needed.

Finally, I have noted my intention to step down as PMC Chair, for
2 main reasons: First of all, I think that it's in the best interest
in the foundation to not have "the usual people" in various
"management-type" positions. Also, as Chair, I find myself not being
as vocal as usual (or as need be) regarding Incubator issues, mostly
of a concern (unfounded, I'm sure) that coming from the Chair, it
would carry more weight than it should. I have suggested Nicola
as replacement.

. Further discussion was held on the fact that there are still no "hard and fast" graduation procedures within the Incubator. Mention was made that Tapestry was graduated with no one ensuring that all procedural aspects were followed (received and filed paperwork, etc...). Attachment B was approved by general consent and accepted into the record.

18 Dec 2002 [Jim]

 There has been no real additional news to report regarding the
 Incubator PMC since the last report on Nov 20th.  One item,
 however, is significant.  It was reported that the Incubator
 was spending time in detailing aspects of the ASF and "The Apache  
 Way" to ensure that everyone was on the same page as it were (and
 that everyone understood the concepts in the same way).  It is
 currently felt that this effort is complete enough for the Incubator
 to actually start accepting new products/projects.  It's
 expected that the few product(s)/project(s) will be formally
 accepted and started (most likely) early Jan. 2003.

18 Nov 2002 [Jim]

The ASF Incubator Project has been spending the few short weeks since
its inception boot strapping itself into existence.  Most work has
been done on the website for the project (incubator.apache.org).  This    
effort also serves as a valuable lightning rod to focus energies on
the core reasons for the Project to exist;  things like "What are
the exact core procedures that ASF projects should follow;" "What
do we mean by 'A Veto';" and the like.  Although the terms
are used a lot within the ASF, it's clear that there might be some
differences in the exact meaning behind them.  By creating a web
entity that clearly defines these terms and ideas,  the Project  
will be in a much better position to handle the candidate projects
that will come in (and craft the required Bylaws before we can
do that).  In essence, in documenting things, the Incubator is
better able to be the mediator and the common ground among all
ASF entities.

It seems that, in general, the need for an ASF Incubator Project,
as well as a desire for one (within and without the ASF) was based
in reality.  OpenORB and 'Rabbit' (from Peermetrics) will likely be
the 2 initial products handled by the Incubator.  Certainly it would   
be nice to have been able to "immediately" start accepting new products,
but taking the time to create the foundation (no pun intended) and
framework required is the right course of action before subjecting
candidate products to what could be a painful (but most likely
short) "learning" curve.

16 Oct 2002

Apache Incubator Project

 The following two resolutions had been proposed:

 Resolution R1 (drafted by Ken):

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors deems it to be in the best
 interests of the Foundation and consistent with the
 Foundation's purpose to establish a Project Management
 Committee charged with accepting new projects into the
 Foundation, fostering such projects and providing guidance and
 support to help them develop communities, and educating new
 developers in the details and ramifications of working
 according to the Foundation's philosophies and requirements
 (the 'Apache Way'), including issues of copyright and
 licensing;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a Project Management
 Committee (PMC), to be known as the "Apache Incubator PMC", be
 and hereby is established pursuant to the Bylaws of the
 Foundation; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Incubator PMC be and hereby is
 responsible for the acceptance and oversight of projects and
 codebases, together with their communities, submitted and
 proposed to become part of the Foundation; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Incubator PMC is charged with
 providing guidance and ensuring that projects under its purview
 operate according to the Foundation's goals and philopsophies;
 and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Incubator PMC is responsible for
 evaluating projects under its purview and making the
 determination in each case of whether it should be abandoned,
 or is healthy and should continue to receive guidance and
 support, or is healthy and mature and ready to become part of
 an existing Foundation project or a new project in its own
 right; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the office of "Vice President, Apache Incubator"
 be and hereby is created, the person holding such office to
 serve at the direction of the Board of Directors as the chair
 of the Apache Incubator PMC, and to have primary responsibility
 for management of the projects within the scope of
 responsibility of the Apache Incubator PMC; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the persons listed immediately below be and
 hereby are appointed to serve as the initial members of the
 Apache Incubator PMC:

        Aaron Bannert
        Nicola Ken Barozzi
        Ken Coar
        B. W. Fitzpatrick
        Jim Jagielski
        Greg Stein
        Sander Striker

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Jim Jagielski be and
 hereby is appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache
 Incubator, to serve in accordance with and subject to the
 direction of the Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the
 Foundation until death, resignation, retirement, removal or
 disqualification, or until a successor is appointed; and be it
 further

 RESOLVED, that the initial Apache Incubator PMC be and hereby
 is tasked with the creation of a set of bylaws intended to
 encourage open development and increased participation in the
 Apache Incubator Project.

 -------------
 Resolution R2 (drafted by Roy):

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors deems it to be in the best
 interests of the Foundation and consistent with the Foundation's
 purpose to establish a Project Management Committee charged with
 accepting new products into the Foundation, providing guidance
 and support to help each new product engender their own
 collaborative community, educating new developers in the
 philosophy and guidelines for collaborative development as
 defined by the members of the Foundation, and proposing to the
 board the promotion of such products to independent PMC
 status once their community has reached maturity.

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a Project Management
 Committee (PMC), to be known as the "Apache Incubator PMC", be
 and hereby is established pursuant to the Bylaws of the
 Foundation; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Incubator PMC be and hereby is
 responsible for the acceptance and oversight of new products
 submitted or proposed to become part of the Foundation;
 and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Incubator PMC is responsible for
 providing guidance and ensuring that subprojects under its
 purview develop products according to the Foundation's philosophy
 and guidelines for collaborative development; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Incubator PMC is responsible for
 regularly evaluating products under its purview and making the
 determination in each case of whether the product should be
 abandoned, continue to receive guidance and support, or
 proposed to the board for promotion to full project status
 as part of an existing or new Foundation PMC; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the office of "Vice President, Apache Incubator"
 be and hereby is created, the person holding such office to
 serve at the direction of the Board of Directors as the chair
 of the Apache Incubator PMC, and to have primary responsibility
 for management of the subprojects within the scope and
 responsibility of the Apache Incubator PMC; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the persons listed immediately below be and
 hereby are appointed to serve as the initial members of the
 Apache Incubator PMC:

        Aaron Bannert
        Nicola Ken Barozzi
        Ken Coar
        Roy T. Fielding
        B. W. Fitzpatrick
        Jim Jagielski
        Greg Stein
        Sander Striker

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Jim Jagielski be and
 hereby is appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache
 Incubator, to serve in accordance with and subject to the
 direction of the Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the
 Foundation until death, resignation, retirement, removal or
 disqualification, or until a successor is appointed; and be it
 further

 RESOLVED, that the initial Apache Incubator PMC be and hereby
 is tasked with the creation of a set of bylaws intended to
 encourage open development and increased participation in the
 Apache Incubator Project.

 ================================

 After some discussion regarding the differences between the
 two resolutions, Ken withdrew his resolution.  A vote was held
 on Resolution R2.  By unanimous vote, Resolution R2 passed.