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Etch Project Incubation Status

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

The Etch project graduated on 2013-01-16


Etch - a cross-platform, language- and transport-independent framework for building and consuming network services.

Etch is a cross-platform, language- and transport-independent framework for building and consuming network services. The Etch toolset includes a network service description language, a compiler, and binding libraries for a variety of programming languages. Etch is also transport-independent, allowing for a variety of different transports to used based on need and circumstance. The goal of Etch is to make it simple to define small, focused services that can be easily accessed, combined, and deployed in a similar manner. Ultimately with Etch, service development and consumption becomes no more difficult than library development and consumption.


  • 2013-01-16 Apache Etch has been established as a Top Level Project
  • 2012-12-18 Added missing status report links, signed off open items
  • 2012-03-12 Suitable name search completed (signed off at 2012-04-16)
  • 2012-02-08 Thomas Marsh was added as a new committer.
  • 2011-10-13 Martin Veith was added as a new committer.
  • 2010-06-02 Michael Fitzner was added as a new committer.
  • 2010-05-19 Holger Grandy was added as a new committer.
  • 2009-04-28 Please welcome new committer manoj ganesan.
  • 2009-04-16 Release 1.0.2 announced.
  • 2008-09-02 Project enters incubation.

Project info

item type reference
Website www
Mailing list dev
Mailing list commits
Mailing list users
Mailing list PPMC
Bug tracking JIRA
Source code SVN
Proposal Wiki
Mentors cutting Doug Cutting
yonik Yonik Seeley
dashorst Martijn Dashorst
gmcdonald Gavin McDonald
Committers dixson James Dixson
gsandhir Gaurav Sandhir
jdecocq James deCocq
manojganesan Manoj Ganesan
rebarraz Rene Barazza
sccomer Scott Comer
ypark Youngjin Park
grandyho Holger Grandy
fitzner Michael Fitzner
veithm Martin Veith
tmarsh Thomas Marsh

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
2012-04-16 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. Prior to acceptance there was a great deal of discussion whether Apache Etch would interfere with the Debian Etch distribution. The sceptics meant that Debian Etch is extremely well-known name and should be avoided. The team defended the position by pointing out that by the time Apache Etch graduates, Debian Lenny has taken over the world and another year or two the Debian Etch is just a distant memory.

In 2012 Scott Corner has completed a suitable name search and didn't uncover any issues. VP Trademarks has signed off the suitable name search on 2012-04-16

2012-12-18 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
2008-07 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2008-10 Subscribe all Mentors on the private and development lists.
2008-10 Give all initial committers access to the incubator SVN repository. (to be done by PMC chair)
2008-11 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/etch.html'
date item
2011-08-20 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.
2009-06-12 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
2009-06-12 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.
2009-06-12 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
2008-10-22 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2008-10-25 Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on


status item
2008-11-11 Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
2008-10-02 Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
2008-09-24 Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issue tracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira).
2008-11-10 Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Project specific

status item
2008-11-09 transfer project wiki pages from


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

status item
2012-12-18 Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project?
2012-12-18 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.)
2012-12-18 Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
2012-12-18 Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

status item
2012-12-18 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

status item
2013-01-16 If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Incubator sign-off

status item
2013-01-16 Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?