ApacheCon US 2008 Session

Turn Off The Lights Before You Go: Graceful Shutdown of OS Projects

Almost every project has users who depend on it, even if that project is reaching the end of its development lifecycle. We owe it to that user base to give every open source project a graceful sendoff. Incorporating lessons learned from the retirement of Apache Axis 1.x and the transition of its user base to Apache Axis2, this talk will discuss best practices and anti-patterns for retiring an open source project, including tips on how to ease the pain of legacy users as well as how to migrate your users to a new or replacement technology.