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06 December 2010, 13:01

Google Wave accepted into Apache Incubator

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Google Wave Logo The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced that Google's Wave communication platform has been accepted into the Apache Incubator – a proposal to migrate portions of the code base to the ASF was posted to the Apache Incubator wiki last month by Google and Novell employees, as well as several independent developers. The Apache Incubator is the place where potential future Apache projects can be submitted to the open source organisation for consideration. In a post on the Apache mailing list, Google's Dan Peterson says that the the vote to accept Wave into the incubator was "overwhelmingly positive".

In early August of this year, low adoption rates and a poor reception from prospective end users had caused Google to abandon its Wave project, launched in May of 2009. However, shortly after the decision was made the project leaders announced plans to release the Wave client and server as open source software called "Wave in a Box" (WIAB) under the Apache licence – Wave in a Box is the basis of the Incubator project. While it doesn't include the full range of Wave features, it reportedly does allow users to set up their own Wave servers and to continue to develop the project. The developers also plan to create APIs and a Web 2.0 client. Wave in a Box includes an implementation of the Wave Federation Protocol.

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