As it’s first birthday approaches we, the Karaf team, would like to look back at the year that was, and thank all of our users and contributors for making Apache Karaf’s inaugural year so exciting. For those interested in reading more about Karaf’s past, please see the article "A brief history of Apache Karaf".
Before we start our review of Apache Karaf’s first year, I’ve asked Guillaume Nodet (project founder) to share a few thoughts on were the project has been:
Year in review:
There are so many highlights over the last twelve months to talk about, new features, improvements, releases, new contributors & users, projects selecting Karaf as their platform to build upon - the list goes on and on. To start the review I'd like to look at some of the raw statistics surrounding Karaf.
Karaf by the numbers:
Over the last year Apache Karaf has seen a steady increase in interest from its user base and the development community at large. In fact, the average monthly download volume has increased 10 fold from 500 to 5000 kits/month during this time. These numbers of course are collected from our nine releases!
|source: Nexus Central Statistics, reproduced here with permission of Karaf PMC.|
|Release Version||Total Downloads||Percent of Total Downloads||Issues Resolved|
Welcoming new Contributors, Committers, and PMC!
The raw data surrounding Apache Karaf downloads doesn’t tell the whole story of the project. The real numbers we’re happy to boast about is all of the new members of our community. Our new users and contributors have been and continues to be one of the most dynamic and growing aspects of Karaf. Starting with a group of ten initial committers we now have just about doubled our team - no small feat for a new project. We’re always looking for more contributors though, so please visit our JIRA, read our email lists, and say ‘hi’ on irc.
Karaf’s first subproject “Apache Karaf Cellar”!
In the spring of 2011 Apache Karaf accepted its first externally donated sub-project. Apache Karaf Cellar provides Karaf with a clustering engine powered by Hazelcast. The developer behind this sub-project, Ioannis Canellos, along with the community have been steadily helping to integrate the technology deeper into Karaf, while extending its features.
A word from Jean-Baptiste:
As Apache Karaf’s first year as a top level project comes to an end I asked Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Karaf PMC, to share his thoughts on where the project will be heading in year two and beyond.
The road ahead:
Now that we're entering our second year there are many new goals that we want to achieve. First and foremost will be our up coming 3.0.0 release, and our many planned patch releases for our currently supported branches. We hope to expand our community, and extend a warm welcome to everyone interested in contributing to Karaf's future success. So as we celebrate our achievements to date, please stay tuned for there is more to come :)