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Apache OFBiz Project Incubation Status

Apache OFBiz is now a top-level project.

The Apache OFBiz project completed incubation on 2006-12-20. Please go to the main project site:

This page was used to track the project status, incubator-wise. This page is of historical interest only.

The OFBiz project graduated on 2006-12-20


The Open For Business Project (Apache OFBiz) is an open source enterprise automation software project. By open source enterprise automation we mean: Open Source ERP, Open Source CRM, Open Source E-Business / E-Commerce, Open Source SCM, Open Source MRP, Open Source CMMS/EAM, and so on. It is one of the few apps of this type to be developed by a community, rather than one corporation.


  • Apache OFBiz is now officially a TLP (top level project) at the ASF
  • 2006-12-20 The Board of Directors voted to make Apache OFBiz a top-level project (see this message)
  • 2006-11-28 Thanks to 7 binding votes and 2 non binding ones, the Incubator has positively voted for the graduation of OFBiz podling (see the vote results); thanks to everyone who have helped get OFBiz to this point, we are looking forward working more with and in the Foundation; the Board resolution will be now sent to the Apache Board for the final resolution.
  • 2006-11-14 The community vote has approved to start the graduation process to exit from Apache Incubator
  • 2006-11-10 The Incubator vote has approved the 4.0.0 TS5 test snapshot release
  • 2006-11-02 The community vote has approved the 4.0.0 TS5 test snapshot release
  • 2006-10-01 All the Jira issues from the old server have been manually migrated to the new Apache Jira server
  • 2006-09-22 The community vote has approved the 4.0.0 TS3 test snapshot release
  • 2006-09-18 The candidate files for the 4.0.0 TS3 test snapshot release are available here
  • 2006-09-15 A draft for a Release Plan is now available here
  • 2006-09-02 All the OFBiz files have been updated to reflect the new license: now OFBiz is a licensed under the ASL2.0
  • 2006-09-02 The collection of iCLAs is now completed: we have now all the 74 iCLAs needed to perform the license switch from MIT to ASL2.0
  • 2006-07-15 After a public discussion in the ml a document about "Committers Roles and Responsibilities" has been published here
  • 2006-07-15 After a public discussion in the ml a document about "Contributors Best Practices" has been published here
  • 2006-07-02 Web site cleaned up and migrated to the Apache server
  • 2006-07-01 Code migrated to the Incubator SVN server
  • 2006-06-23 Migration to the new mailing lists is now complete
  • 2006-06-02 Migration to the new Jira server is now complete; the old server will not accept new issues but it is still used to manage the existing ones; Jira notifications are now sent to the new ofbiz-dev list
  • 2006-06-01 Resolved all the dependencies to LGPLed jars (the most relevant one was the JOTM transaction manager, now replaced by the Geronimo tm)
  • 2006-05-04 Jacques Le Roux has been voted as a new committer for the pos (Point of Sales) component
  • 2006-03-29 The ofbiz-ppmc mailing list is active
  • 2006-03-28 Accounts created for all the initial committers: jonesde, jaz, sichen, byersa, hansbak, jacopoc
  • 2006-02-19 Created ofbiz-dev, ofbiz-user, ofbiz-commits, ofbiz-ppmc lists (INFRA-720); the new lists are still not active
  • 2006-01-31 Project accepted by the Incubator PMC: vote result
  • 2006-01-10 Project proposed to the Incubator PMC: OFBiz Proposal

Project info

Documentation, Wiki
Mailing lists
commit logs
archives of pre-Apache posts
Bug tracking
sign up for Jira account here
Source code
old SVN (optional components are maintained here)
davidw David N. Welton
yoavs Yoav Shapira
farra J Aaron Farr
jonesde David E. Jones (initial committer)
jaz Andy Zeneski (initial committer)
sichen Si Chen (initial committer)
byersa Al Byers (initial committer)
jacopoc Jacopo Cappellato (initial committer)
hansbak Hans Bakker (initial committer)
jleroux Jacques Le Roux

Incubation status reports

While not official status reports, Si Chen does a weekly summary of development work taking place:

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
2006-02-10 Make sure that the requested project name does not already exist and that the name is not already trademarked for an existing software product.
2006-02-05 Assess the fit with the ASF, and create the lists and modules under the incubator address/module names if accepted.

Interim responsibility

date item
2006-02-11 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2006-02-20 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2006-02-11 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'site-author/projects/ofbiz.xml'
date item
2006-09-02 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. Everyone who has contributed significant portions of the software has been asked to sign the iCLA and send it to the ASF. There is a wiki page with details about all the contributors past and present.
2006-09-02 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
2006-06-01 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. A list of all included jars and their licenses is here.
2006-06-01 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
2006-02-11 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2006-02-11 Add all active committers in the STATUS file.
2006-03-28 Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on The following accounts have been created: jaz, jonesde, jacopoc, hansbak, byersa, sichen.
2006-07-13 Ask root for the creation of a new account (jleroux) on for the new committer Jacques Le Roux.


date item
2006-05-20 Ask infrastructure to setup the Jira issuetracking system. (INFRA-713)
2006-02-19 Ask infrastructure to set up Mailing lists. (INFRA-720)
2006-02-22 Ask infrastructure to migrate mailing list subscribers from the lists and archive mailing lists. (INFRA-738)
2006-03-01 Ask infrastructure to create the SVN trunk and grant the committers karma. (INFRA-741)
2006-06-02 Migrate the issue tracker system to the ASF one (OFBiz) and keep existing issues on the old server ( but not allow the creation of new ones in the old server
2006-06-23 Move traffic to the ASF mailing lists and keep the archives in the old lists
2006-07-01 Migrate the project to the new ASF SVN server.
2006-07-02 Migrate the project website.

Project specific

date item
2006-07-02 Update and clean up the website's resources.