Coming of age

Apache news roundup: OpenOffice and Cordova graduate, Helix enters

Elliot Bentley

Two high-profile projects graduate incubation as top-level projects as a donation from LinkedIn becomes a new podling.

and Cordova have both graduated as top-level projects after
approval from the Apache Software Foundation governing board, as a
donation from LinkedIn becomes a new podling.

As we
reported was likely last week
, OpenOffice (no longer with the
‘.org’) has
graduated as a top-level project
, along with open-source
PhoneGap codebase, Cordova. OpenOffice is an unusual project for
the Foundation, since unlike most Apache software, its users are
mostly average consumers rather than developers. However, it brings
with it an already-established community, which should help it
compete with successful fork LibreOffice.

Cordova, in contrast, is definitely developer-focused – allowing
native mobile apps to be produced using just HTML, CSS and
JavaScript. Originally donated by Adobe, it’s already been used in
a large number of apps, including the official Wikipedia app
and the BBC’s
Olympics app
, and with Apache’s backing will likely only get
bigger. Those interested in actually using Cordova, rather than
developing it, may be better off checking out PhoneGap, the app developer-facing side
of the project.

Only just entering the Apache incubation system is Helix, a cluster
management system originally developed by LinkedIn. From the

Helix was developed at LinkedIn to manage
large clusters for several diverse applications, including a
distributed, partitioned, replicated, highly available document
store with a master-slave model, a search service with multiple
replicas that are updated atomically and in near real-time, and a
change data capture service for reliably transporting database
changes to caches, other dependent databases and indexes.

Helix has a long road ahead of it, especially in attracting a
community beyond the LinkedIn developers currently working on it.
Still, if it can successfully follow the Apache
, it could be a promising little project.

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