Introduction, new maintainer for kaffe
mgibson at esesixtech.com
Wed Mar 13 00:45:04 PST 2002
Very happy to hear that kaffe is alive again.
I think it can be a great product when maintained and active developed.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Pick" <jim at kaffe.org>
To: <kaffe at rufus.w3.org>
Cc: <kaffe-announce at rufus.w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 12:02 AM
Subject: Introduction, new maintainer for kaffe
> I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Jim Pick.
> I have volunteered to take over the reigns of the kaffe project from
> it's original author, Tim Wilkinson.
> I've been following Kaffe's progress since about the time I first got
> involved in free software (around 1996). In the past, I've been an
> active Debian maintainer, and I also ran LinuxHQ.com, KernelNotes.org,
> and Kernel.org for a while, amongst other things.
> I know Tim quite well, as I moved to Berkeley, California (from
> Canada) to work with him and Peter Mehlitz at Transvirtual about two
> years ago. Tim is currently involved in the process of starting a new
> company, having left Transvirtual at the end of November last year. I
> still work at Transvirtual though, and I'm still good friends with Tim
> (we usually meet for coffee in the mornings). It was during one of
> those morning coffees that I asked Tim what was happening with
> Kaffe.org, and whether or not he was planning to do any more work on
> As I suspected, he stated that he really doesn't have time to do
> anymore work on it (especially since he no longer works at
> Transvirtual). He stated that he'd be happy if I took it over. I
> also checked with the new CEO of Transvirtual, Chris Herron, and Peter
> Mehlitz, if it was OK with them if I did some work to try to get the
> Kaffe.org project moving again, and they thought it was a good idea
> and were very supportive.
> I've announced my intentions to the core team, and they all seemed OK
> with the idea -- I asked if anybody else wanted the job, but there
> were no takers. So I guess I've got the go ahead to do this. :-)
> I've also taken over development of Transvirtual's internal,
> proprietary version of Kaffe (now called KaffePro), so I'm in the
> situation where I can spend a lot of time thinking about JVM
> implementations. :-)
> Anyways, here's what I'm planning to do:
> 1) Setup a new machine and website for kaffe.org, so everything can be
> centralized on one site.
> Transvirtual has donated a machine and rackspace for it, and I've
> already set it up. I've already moved the DNS and the ftp site
> onto it. The current website is looking pretty old and
> out-of-date, so I'm going to replace it with something simpler.
> I'm hoping I can get the CVS archive from Ean Schuessler at
> Brainfood so I can set it up on the new machine. Also, down the
> road, it would be nice to migrate the mailing list to the new
> machine so Daniel Veillard doesn't have to maintain it.
> I thought about using SourceForge, but I decided against it.
> 2) Make a new release as soon as possible.
> Version 1.0.6 came out in July, 2000, and there hasn't been a
> release since (although there has been CVS activity). I'd like to
> do a minimal amount of testing, and see if we can get it out,
> perhaps as early as next week.
> 3) Clarify the relationship between Transvirtual and Kaffe.org.
> As a long-time kaffe-watcher, I would like to see Kaffe.org be a
> very open project, which incorporates code from, and interoperates
> with all the other free virtual machine projects out there. I
> definitely see Kaffe.org as being an independent project that isn't
> controlled by Transvirtual.
> Transvirtual is willing to donate time and code to the project to
> make it successful. On the other hand, it would be best if
> everybody was comfortable with the fact that my employer is
> actively developing a proprietary version of kaffe, called
> KaffePro, which is designed to address the needs of the commercial
> market for clean room Java virtual machine implementations.
> As a commercial software company built on developing Intellectual
> Property, Transvirtual needs to be selective about what it does
> and does not contribute to the project. You can expect that
> Transvirtual won't hold back bug fixes from the free version, and
> will not prevent others from contributing to the project.
> Transvirtual, as a company, was founded with Kaffe as it's primary
> product, so you can expect to see Transvirtual continue to use,
> maintain and protect the Kaffe trademark for it's own purposes.
> It is important to Transvirtual that Kaffe.org is successful, but
> also that it is clear to the public that Kaffe.org's JVM
> implementation is separate from Transvirtual's KaffePro product,
> even though they share a common heritage.
> (whew, glad that's over, I'm afraid I was starting to sound like a
> 4) Start active development on a new major release of kaffe.
> I've got a lot of ideas for what should be done with it. But I'll
> discuss those separately because I'd like to see some contributions
> and some debate. :-)
> Anyways, this email has been long enough. I'm looking forward to
> working on kaffe and Kaffe.org - it should be fun!
> - Jim
> p.s. If you're reading this, and you're going to JavaOne this year in
> San Francisco, let's get together for beers. :-)
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