jNetPcap v2 - Resources

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Mark Bednarczyk
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Joined: 03/22/2008

To successfully implement version 2 of jNetPcap, we first need to take a look at resources needed to accomplish this effort.

Here are the categories for discussion related to resources:

Developers

We need developers. This needs to be a team effort. Since the new version of jNetPcap is going to be modular, it makes sense to assign teams of developers to various modules or portions of modules.

We need:

1) API developers
2) Protocol developers

Depending on someone's strength or desire to acquire additional experience, we can assign to various tasks, components, modules or teams in general.

Testers

Another important way to contribute is to help with the testing of code. This is something that requires less commitment then development level, but is of great importance none the less. If you have a unique set of skills, or access to a lab where you could test for jNetPcap, you could be a huge help to the project.

1) Test protocols
2) Test performance
3) Test OS or HW compatibility
4) Quality Assurance!

Tech Writers

If you have technical writing abilities, here is another way you could greatly contribute to the project. By teaming up with developers and help write javadocs, reference docs and various user guides.

Financial Sponsorship

I think it goes without saying that maintaining a project of this size and scope is financially expensive. My company, Sly Technologies Inc, has been the sole sponsor of jNetPcap project so far, picking up all of the consts associated with it for many years now.

In order to be more productive and reflect the current utilization of jNetPcap in commercial, educational and government space, I would like to announce and implement sponsorship programs which will allow growth of jNetPcap to continue (such as version 2 of the library).

The jNetPcap project has a great ecosystem with great many companies involved is jNetPcap utilization. Please help with the burden and elevating the project to the next level, by offering financial support and backing!

The following sponsorship levels are suggested:

1) Platinum sponsor - big-cap large corporations, governments, big institutions of higher learning, etc
2) Gold sponsor - mid-cap corporations, smaller universities or non-federal government and institutions
3) Silver sponsor - small-cap companies and charitable individuals
4) Power-users sponsor - individuals who wish to financially support further development

More to be announced on sponsorship program and its many benefits to our future generous sponsors!

HW and SW labs

Things go a lot smoother when developers have access to the tools they need. If you can provide access to specialized hardware, please consider providing access to our developers.

1) Various HW architectures such as HP-UX, IBM AIX, even Intel IA64 architectures.
2) Various networking equipment
3) Traffic generation equipment and/or existing software stacks used for testing

In summary!

I would like to conclude, that Sly Technologies Inc, has been and will continue to contribute as much as is possible to jNetPcap project. We will fill in any gap and provide any support for the project, as much as possible, as has been the case for many years now. However I am hopeful, that going though these discussions, proper planning, we can count on volunteers and sponsors to lessen the burden.

I and my development team at Sly Technologies, aim to be transparent, friendly and appreciative to all of our users in whatever capacity any individual or company is willing to commit.

Any feedback or comments are greatly appreciated!

Sly Technologies, Inc.
http://slytechs.com