Introduction, new maintainer for kaffe
Mark and Janice Juszczec
juszczec at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 13 04:30:42 PST 2002
Welcome aboard, I'm glad to hear someone is taking the reins and not letting
a good idea fall by the wayside.
>Jim Pick wrote:
>>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
>>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 out-of-date, so I'm going to replace it with something simpler.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!
>>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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