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Re: [technology-pmc] Restructuring ACTF Project

Transparency is the important issue here: you need to make sure that what you intend to do is abundantly clear.

Restructuring sounds like a good idea. You can turn ACTF into a container project and divide up the bits into subprojects ("operating projects"). In doing so, you can split your committers so that the right set of committers end up with the right subprojects. You can decide how to do builds and releases on a subproject, or even on a container project basis.

As part of a restructuring review, you can list components that are to be archived. We can archive parts of a project.

For a Restructuring Review, you need only to describe what it is that you want to do with enough detail that the community can understand and be involved in the process.

HTH,

Wayne

Kentarou Fukuda wrote:
Hi Technology-PMC,

ACTF project is now working to develop future release plans. For this work, we have questions about Eclipse release and archive processes.

Currently, only a project or sub-project is allowed to do a release. However, due to differences in the development schedules, maturity, resources, and so on, it is difficult to schedule simultaneous releases of complete ACTF components.

For more flexible releases, we think dividing the ACTF project into some sub-projects is a possible solution [1]. ACTF has 3 major components (Validation, Visualization and Alternative Interface) and the common infrastructure (Core), so we might be able to divide ACTF into these 4 sub-projects. We are also now considering if there is another possible way for restructuring.

Before starting preparation of this restructuring, we would like to have your advice about it. For example, are there other good ways, etc..

In addition to this, some plugins of ACTF are now nearly dormant. We are considering whether or not they can or should be archived.

We'll continue to look for new contributors who have interest in that part. However, if we come to the conclusion that we should archive it, can we archive only the inactive part? In the Eclipse development process, only a project or sub-project can receive the archived state [2]. We would like to know how to archive some part of a project.

We found that similar questions were raised in the Nebula project last year [3], but we would like to know your thought in our case.

Thank you in advance for your support.

[1] http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/actf-dev/msg00256.html
[2] http://www.eclipse.org/projects/dev_process/development_process.php#6_2_6_Archived
[3] http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/technology-pmc/msg01395.html


Best regards,
Kentarou
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Kentarou Fukuda, Ph.D.
IBM Research - Tokyo
Tel: +81-46-215-4659
E-mail: kentarou@xxxxxxxxxx
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