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Re: [gmt-dev] VIATRA2 is not operating as an Eclipse open source project

Dear Wayne and All,

Let me give some further information about the background of this issue.

The VIATRA2 project has been an incubation phase as part of the GMT Eclipse subproject since its start in 2005/2006.
It started as a purely academic initiative, and slowly evolved into something more mature.

Since GMT was an umbrella project for many different initiatives related to modeling and code generation,
a single committer account was granted for me - as VIATRA project lead. With 6-8 other projects,
GMT already had quite a high number of committers in the very beginning.

After the birth of the Modeling project, several subprojects of GMT (e.g ATL, oAW) gradually
moved to Modeling. VIATRA stayed in GMT up to now - with a single committer - despite
the fact that 15+ people contributed it during the last couple of years.

Due to this "single committer mode", it was impossible for us to properly
follow the Eclipse processes as it caused unrealistic overhead. Furthermore, GMT
has somehow become a "forgotten" project in the last couple of years, so no one was really there to
help us avoid policy violations.

(In fact, our ad hoc release numbers date back to a time when the current Eclipse policy
was not yet in effect - and several other former GMT projects were renumbered)

Of course, I would be grateful for any kind of assistance or mentorship we can get
to sort out non-conformance issues. But it would be also great to get  5-6 additional
committer accounts first for the regular VIATRA contributors to avoid my virtual "one-man-show".

Best regards,

From:        Wayne Beaton <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To:        gmt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx, "'PMC members mailing list'" <modeling-pmc@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc:        varro@xxxxxxxxxx
Date:        2012.08.02 20:03
Subject:        VIATRA2 is not operating as an Eclipse open source project

Greetings GMT project and Modeling PMC.

Daniel, if you have not already joined the GMT dev mailing list, please do so.

I am concerned that the VIATRA2 project is not operating as an Eclipse open source project

CQ 6703 was submitted today. That CQ is for a code contribution. This appears to be a significant contribution of code. It is the first contribution in more than two years to the project. In comments on that CQ, the project lead indicates that the contribution is "the newest combined release of the VIATRA2 model transformation framework" and that "In each iteration, we compile the contributions from the developers and push the code to"

This runs counter the open source rules of engagement set out in the Eclipse Development Process [1]. Specifically, the project is not operating in an open and transparent manner leaving little opportunity for others to join the project. The project has been established for some time, and should be operating fully at

There are several developers listed in the contribution. Based on the amount of contribution, I believe that each of these developers should become committers and do all future work directly in the code repository.

The project website [2] indicates that there have been numerous releases of the project, including statements like "The VIATRA2 Release 3.1 has been approved by!". AFAICT, the project has not undergone a single release review as required by the Eclipse Development Process. The project must plan to undergo a formal release as soon as possible.

Further, the 3.2 release indicates a third-party update site only on the downloads page [3]. It is okay to provide alternative download sites, but they must be *alternatives* to; the downloads for the project must be obtainable from A third party site cannot be the "official" site.

The project is--according to my records--in incubation. Incubation branding must be provided on the download page and in downloads. I have marked the project as "incubation-non-conforming"; the project cannot benefit from parallel IP until the incubation branding issues is resolved.

I believe that the project would benefit greatly from Architecture Council mentorship (I'm not sure why mentors weren't assigned in the first place). Can the modeling project suggest somebody who might be appropriate in this role?



Wayne Beaton
The Eclipse Foundation
Twitter: @waynebeaton
Eclipse Projects

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