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The Apache Software Foundation Incubator

DB Project, Derby subproject, Derby Codebase IP Clearance Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise.

The Derby project graduated on 2005-07

This is just a status page!

The real action is at


"Derby" is a snapshot of the IBM's Cloudscape Java relational database. IBM is opening the code by contributing it to The Apache Software Foundation and basing future versions of IBM Cloudscape on the Apache-managed code.

To participate in the Derby podling, you should join the mailing list. Just send an empty message to .

The initial goal of the project while in incubation is to build a viable developer community around the codebase.

The second goal of Derby-in-incubation is to successfully produce a release. Since Derby is in incubation, such a release would not have formal standing; it will serve as a proof-of-concept to demonstrate to the developers' and incubator's satisfaction that this aspect of the project is health and understood.

Project info

  • The Apache DB project will own the Derby subproject, and the subproject will follow the Apache DB PMC's direction. Significant contributors to this sub-project (for example, after a significant interval of sustained contribution) will be proposed for commit access to the codebase.
  • The Derby sub-project's modules will be available as distinct and discrete downloads.

Detailed References:

item type reference
Status file www
Website www
Mailing list dev
Mailing list users
Mailing list changes
Source code SVN /repos/asf/incubator/derby/code/trunk/
Mentor coar Ken Coar (CLA on file)
Mentor coar Sam Ruby (CLA on file)
Mentor coar Rodney Waldoff (CLA on file)
Committers jta Jean Anderson (CLA on file)
Committers satheesh Satheesh Bandaram (CLA on file)
Committers jboynes Jeremy Boynes (CLA on file)
Committers djd Daniel Debrunner (CLA on file)
Committers kmarsden Katherine Marsden (CLA on file)
Committers mikem Mike Matrigali (CLA on file)
Committers mcintyre Samuel McIntyre (CLA on file)
Committers coar Ken Coar (CLA on file)
Committers tmnk Tomohito Nakayama (CLA on file)
Committers bernt Bernt M. Johnsen (CLA on file)
Committers bakksjo Oyvind Bakksjo (CLA on file)
Committers davidvc David Van Couvering (CLA on file)

Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Incubation status reports

Incubation work items

Project Setup

Identify the codebase

date item
2004-08-30 If applicable, make sure that any associated name does not already exist and check to be sure that the name is not already trademarked for an existing software product.
DONE If request from an existing Apache project to adopt an external package, then ask the Apache project for the cvs module and mail address names.
DONE If request from outside Apache to enter an existing Apache project, then post a message to that project for them to decide on acceptance.
N/A 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.
date item
2004-08-26 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.
2005-01-10 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
2004-10-12 Check that all active committers have a signed CLA on record.
2004-10-12 Remind active committers that they are responsible for ensuring that a Corporate CLA is recorded if such is is required to authorize their contributions under their individual CLA.
2004-10-12 Check and make sure that for all items included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, we have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2004-10-12 Check and make sure that all items depended upon 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
DONE Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
DONE Add all active committers in the STATUS file.
DONE Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on

Infrastructure !

status item
DONE Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
DONE Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
DONE Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issuetracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira).
DONE Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Generally, the result of checking off these items will be a Software Grant, CLA, and Corporate CLA for ASF licensed code, which must have no dependencies upon items whose licenses that are incompatible with the Apache License.

Licensing awareness

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

Project Goals during Incubation

Build independent development community

  • 221 subscribers to dev list (12.68 posts/day)
  • 282 subscribers to user list (5.67 posts/day)
  • Added one committer during incubation (jboynes)
  • PPMC has adopted a plan to actively build the developer community

Produce a release

  • (2004-12-06) release approval voted
  • (2004-12-06) SVN tag created


Things to check for before voting the project out.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • Has the receiving PMC voted to accept it? **YES**

Incubator sign-off

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