Emerging and inactive projects¶
As a community we want to be inclusive for new projects under the OpenStack umbrella. This, however, isn’t that easy as each project needs to fit many requirements (see Requirements for new OpenStack Project applications for more details) and that can be sometimes hard for new projects.
In order to grow a new project team within OpenStack, we want to accept them into the OpenStack space when they have code that’s functional enough to indicate what it is they want to accomplish, but at the same time we need to be clear to OpenStack consumers that such a project is not yet ready to be run in production due to factors such as the code repository not structured according to OpenStack standards, functionality is missing, etc.
It may also happen for already existing official OpenStack projects that they may not be so active anymore, they may not be able to do release on time or have broken testing or not merge incoming patches for long time.
In order to solve the above problems, there is
Emerging technology state for
such new projects and
inactive state for existing projects that are not so
active anymore. TC will keep working on such projects to make them consistent
with OpenStack or try to transition inactive projects to active. TC might not be
able to solve these problems but we will try to keep eyes on such projects and
give our best effort to make them active.
Emerging technology is a state which can be set for new OpenStack projects.
The state of
inactive can be set for existing projects that aren’t well
maintained due to lack of maintainers or active contribution.
If a new project wants to become an official OpenStack project, but it does not
fit all requirements for new official projects (see
Requirements for new OpenStack Project applications for details) TC can consider to add such
project to the OpenStack projects as
For existing projects which became inactive due to lack of maintainers and are
not able to do the mandatory activities, such as release, fix testing, review
incoming code, etc., TC can consider marking such projects as
try to solve the problem if we can but keep it in the official
OpenStack projects list instead of deprecating and removing it immediately (see
Guidelines for dropping project teams from OpenStack governance for more details).
A project can exit the
Emerging technology or
inactive state by either
becoming an active OpenStack project or by becoming a retired project.
A project is considered active when it meets all the requirements to be an OpenStack official project, which are described in Requirements for new OpenStack Project applications. In particular, there must be a sufficient number of active maintainers to perform all the basic activities of OpenStack official projects.
A project may be retired by the TC if it does not complete the work required to become an active project within the timeline defined below.
A new project must become an active OpenStack project before the third OpenStack
coordinated release after the project has entered
status. For example, a project became OpenStack
Emerging technology project
in Yoga cycle then timeline for them is BB (after two releases, Zed and AA). In
BB development cycle such project should meet all requirements for a new project
listed in Requirements for new OpenStack Project applications to stay as an official OpenStack
If project is not able to become an official OpenStack project within that
timeframe, TC will discuss with the team if more time is required for the
project to meet the Requirements for new OpenStack Project applications or will retire the project.
An existing project should be reinstated as an active OpenStack project before
the release milestone-2 of the cycle they entered the
inactive state to
active again and to be released in that cycle. In the case where an
inactive project does not become
active before the release milestone-2,
there will be no release of it proposed by the release team in that cycle.
In such a case, it is up to the project itself to get CI working and propose
a release if that is needed. It may be required in some cases for example,
when there will be security fixes or compatibility fixes merged in the
project. In the case where an
inactive project still does not become
active during the next cycle after the cycle they entered the
state, the TC will discuss with the team if project will be retired before the
release milestone-2 of the cycle. In such a case there will be no new releases
of that project.
At the end of each cycle, TC will evaluate this list of the
inactive projects and based on the timeline checks if any
of them can become active or if it maybe should be retired. Any addition or
removal of projects in this list will require a formal-vote.
Current Emerging Technology Projects¶
Skyline (Added in Zed cycle)