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  • From: Wim Jongman <wim.jongman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2021 12:27:19 +0000
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Great news. Thank you, Alexander. Please contribute.


You should be able to convert from Travis to GitHub actions. I hear it is fast as lightning [1]. Can you look into that? We can use Actions to test all PR’s


To push to the Eclipse download sites, I think it is easiest if we have an official build on Eclipse CI [2]. WDYT?


The build image is up, but we don’t have any builds yet. I have asked the webmaster if they have a backup.


All, please chime in if you have opinions about the build.










From: birt-dev <birt-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Alexander Lehmann
Sent: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:12 PM
To: For developers on the BIRT project <birt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [birt-dev] To the birtmobile, let's go.


Hi Wayne,


+1 on closing Bugzilla and going with github issues

+1 on closing pull requests


I had a daily build of my fork ( running succesfully in Travis until some weeks ago (I ran out of free Travis credits). This Build was quite stable and even had some tests running (e.g. the core bundle). There's also a How-To on building BIRT as well as setting up an IDE for BIRT (via oomph). To transfer this work to the main repo, I would need to bundle my changes in a handful of pull requests. I would do that as soon as the reboot is finished and the old PRs have been closed.


On updating to the current platform: A guy from switzerland has already done some work to make BIRT build&run with java 11. There is no code publicly available (yet). But he wrote some blog articles about how to do it:


Let me know if I can do something to help out in the reboot process. I'm also quite short on time, but who isn't? 😉


Best regards



Scott Rosenbaum <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> schrieb am Mi., 3. März 2021, 05:51:

+1 On the Web Site

+1 On Closing out Bugzilla and starting over

+1 On Wim for Lead.


I am not sure I can take on co-lead right now, but I think the focus at least to start has to be on fixing the build, and I believe that is right up Wim's alley.


On the Downloads Page. I know it is tempting to get rid of it, but there are a lot of applications out there that are locked in on old versions of BIRT: 

  • Maximo BIRT 4.3.1
  • Kronos/Telestaff 4.6.0
  • etc.

Until we get things stabilized and get people to upgrade to a more current version, I think we need to keep the old versions available.



On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 10:43 PM Wayne Beaton <wayne.beaton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

May I suggest that we make both Wim and Scott co-leads? Since we're still in reboot mode, I can just make the appointment. Give me a +1 (each) and I'll make it happen.


I've also added myself a committer for the reboot so that I can help with some of the more procedural stuff. I plan to retire once the project is up to speed.


I'm concerned that the website has a lot of stale information. I'd like to delete the site and redirect to the PMI page. We'll keep the repository around so that we can get at the history should we decide later that something should be revived (e.g., the documentation). Give me a +1 and I'll make it happen.


We also need to make some sense of the downloads page. Everything on that page is so old that I'm thinking that it's best that we just remove it and start over when you've got the build going. 


The project is currently EPL-1.0. We need to update this to EPL-2.0. I can take a run at this. It will require updates to all source file headers, so timing is important. Maybe after the maintenance release? In the meantime, I'll initiate a review of the IP state of the project and determine whether or not we need anything reviewed by the IP Team.

As I mentioned in my earlier email, I think that we should just close and archive all Bugzilla bugs and remove the product from Bugzilla, and point folks to the GitHub Issues. Further, I think that we should close all open pull requests. If any pull requests are still viable and contributors are still around, they can pretty easily be reopened. Once the project is back up and building again, we can invite contributors to start opening pull requests to join in the journey forward. Give me a +1 and I'll make it happen.


As part of this effort, we should be working to convert as many contributors into committers as we can.




On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 3:15 PM Wim Jongman <wim.jongman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi All,


The EMO has restarted this project. I’m a new committer with very few cycles left in the day. However, I do not want to let BIRT go to waste. This project still has some good years in it. I jumped in because BIRT no longer installs in newer Eclipse versions.


I can program a bit, and I’m also happy to work on the build. I’m contributing to a handful of other projects, most notably Nebula and Platform


AFAICT, the top priorities are:


  1. The project needs a new lead. Are there any volunteers? If not, I am happy to lead or co-lead.  
  2. We need the build back. I re-opened [1]
  3. Ship a maintenance release AFAP







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