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ACE Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise. For more general project status, look at the project website. For full details on the Incubation progress, please look at the Jira issue.

The ACE project graduated on 2011-12-21


ACE - a software distribution framework based on OSGi that allows you to manage and distribute artifacts, like e.g. software components.

Apache ACE is a software distribution framework that allows you to centrally manage and distribute software components, configuration data and other artifacts to target systems. It is built using OSGi and can be deployed in different topologies. The target systems are usually also OSGi based, but don't have to be.


  • 2009-04-24 Project enters incubation

Project info

item type reference
Website www
Mailing list dev
Mailing list commits
Mailing list users While in incubation, will be used.
Mailing list PPMC
Bug tracking JIRA
Source code SVN
Proposal Wiki
Mentors, PMC Members, Committers See the "project team" page on the project website

Incubation Status Reports

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 note
2009-05-08 Make sure that the requested project name does not already exist and check to be sure that the name is not already trademarked for an existing software product.
2009-05-08 If request from anywhere to become a stand-alone PMC, then assess the fit with the ASF, and create the lists and modules under the incubator address/module names if accepted.

Interim responsibility

date item
2009-05-08 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2009-05-03 Subscribe all Mentors on the private and development lists.
2009-05-08 Give all initial committers access to the incubator SVN repository. (to be done by PMC chair)
2009-05-08 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/ace.html'
date item
2009-06-08 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.
2009-06-27 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
2009-04-23 Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, we have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2009-04-23 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

status item
2009-04-27 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2009-04-27 Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on


status item
2009-05-08 Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
2009-04-30 Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
2009-04-27 Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issue tracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira).
2009-06-27 Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Project specific

status item


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?


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?