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Directory Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise. For more general project status, look on the project website.

The Directory project graduated on 2005-02-23


The Directory Project is an attempt to centralize all naming and directory needs in one place at the ASF. This incubator project is language independent with the current components:

  • Apache Directory Server: an embeddable LDAP server written in Java
  • Kerberos: a Kerberos server 'module' for the directory server
  • Networking: a combination of networking code based on SEDA and ACE
  • LDAP: common client and server code for LDAP
  • AuthX: Authentication, Authorization and Accounting Framework
  • Naming: set of core functionality common to all JNDI providers
  • ASN1: Codecs for ASN.1


  • ApacheDS 0.8 and Naming 0.8 Released!
  • Kerberos server plugin added using common ASN.1 basis and snapping into the directory server's network layer
  • More committers on board, Trustin, Enrique, and Berin
  • Community is growing very rapidly with a good user community following especially after the 0.8 releases
  • All IP issues vetted in code base
  • All trademark issues with project names resolved
  • Voting for Incubator Exit

Project info

item type reference
Website www
. wiki
Mailing list dev
. cvs
Bug tracking .
Source code SVN incubator-directory
Mentors noel Noel Bergman
. nicolaken Nicola Ken Barozzi
Committers .
. noel Noel Bergman
. nicolaken Nicola Ken Barozzi
. erodriguez Enrique Rodriguez
. jmachols Jeff Machols
. akarasulu Alex Karasulu
. trustin Trustin Lee
. psteitz Phil Steitz
. brett Brett Porter
. bayard Henri Yandell
. wesmckean Wes McKean
. rpenoyer Rob Penoyer
. bloritsch Berin Loritsch
. adc Alan Cabrera
. mcconnell Stephan McConnell
. niclas Niclas Hedman
. vtence Vincent Tence
Extra . .

Incubation status reports


1). Is the STATUS file up to date? Yes 2). Any legal, cross-project or personal issues that still need to be addressed? * All IP issues in the code have been resolved. * All trademark issues with project names have been resolved. 3). What has been done for incubation since the last report? * Prepared to exit incubator this month: ran survay - ready to kick off vote * Released 0.8 ApacheDS and Naming from incubator * Significantly grew the community with more committers and users * Gump integration completed with usual hickups 4). Plans and expectations for the next period? * Graduate the incubator * Handle infrastructure setup to get us situated 5). Any recommendations for how incubation could run more smoothly for you? None. All is well.

Incubation work items

Project Setup

This is the first phase on incubation, needed to start the project at Apache.

Item assignment is shown by the Apache id. Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the project to be incubated

date item
2003-12-01 The requested project name does not already exist. No software trademarks exist for the names Eve, Janus or Snickers.
2003-12-01 The request was made to become a stand-alone PMC and the assessment was made to wrt the fit with the ASF. It was accepted that the directory project upon graduating the incubator would become a TLP.

Interim responsibility

date item
2003-12-01 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2003-12-01 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2003-12-01 Give all Mentors access to all incubator CVS modules. (to be done by PMC chair)
2003-12-01 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/{}.cwiki'
date item
2005-02-07 Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2005-02-07 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

date item
2005-02-07 Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, e have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2005-02-07 Check and make sure that all source code distributed by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Establish a list of active committers !

date item
2005-02-07 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2005-02-07 Add all active committers in the STATUS file.
COMPLETED Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on

Infrastructure !

date item
COMPLETED Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and add thecommitters to the avail file.
COMPLETED Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
COMPLETED Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issuetracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira).
COMPLETED Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Project specific

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These action items have to be checked for during the whole incubation process.

These items are not to be signed as done during incubation, as they may change during incubation. They are to be looked into and described in the status reports and completed in the request for incubation signoff.

Collaborative Development

  • Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project?
  • Are there three or more independent committers? (The legal definition of independent is long and boring, but basically it means that there is no binding relationship between the individuals, such as a shared employer, that is capable of overriding their free will as individuals, directly or indirectly.)
  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

  • Are all licensing, trademark, credit issues being taken care of and acknowleged by all committers?

Project Specific

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Things to check for before voting the project out.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • If graduating to an existing PMC, has the PMC voted to accept it?
  • If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?