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Re: [birt-dev] Is the Eclipse BIRT Project still operating as an Eclipse Foundation open source project?


The answer to your question is yes. I've been working with OpenText executives on the engineering, marketing, and sales side to get this project re-going. 

The current status is we have marketing agreeing to start monitoring and responding to newsgroups again. That project has not kicked off yet, but it is in it's final stages. So, expect activity in that area soon. 


Current commits are happening by our engineering team. However, with Yulin departure, he was the last individual that understood how the entire commit process worked. I will work with ShiHeng to make sure that we are getting these individuals compliant and getting them to sign the ECAs. Now that they have some commits to the project, can we start electing them to be committers? My last committer election got shot down.  

In terms of being vendor neutral, as soon as we start engaging with the newsgroups again, we want to encourage others to start contributing to the project again. How we will do this is still outstanding.

In terms of a project lead, I don't know who that will be. Ideally it would be a PM like we had with Paul Clanahan who understands and can navigate the Eclipse ecosystem. I will forward the other things to management and legal for review.


On 2020-04-22 15:53, Wayne Beaton wrote:

I get regular questions in the EMO inbox asking if the Eclipse BIRT project is still viable. The project still has a large community of followers. I'm at a loss for what I should tell them.
So... is the Eclipse BIRT project still viable? Is it still operating as a vendor neutral open and transparent Eclipse Foundation open source project?
AFAICT, there is commit activity happening. But there have been no releases since 2018 and existing releases are no longer compatible with the Eclipse Platform. Further, the project has no project lead and has not yet updated to the EPL-2.0. 
It also looks like at least some pull requests are being merged with authors who do not have ECAs on file (e.g.). Please ensure that all contributors sign the ECA.
AFAICT, the project is not operating in a vendor neutral manner. Please inform me if otherwise.
I very much need to see the following happen: 
  • Nominate and elect a project lead;
  • Update to to the EPL-2.0;
  • Verify that the project is implementing the Eclipse Foundation's IP Policy; and
  • Create a new release, and engage in a release review within the next three months.
My strong recommendation is that the new release be compatible with the 2020-06 release of the Eclipse Platform.

Wayne Beaton

Director of Open Source Projects | Eclipse Foundation, Inc.

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