[et-mgmt-tools] Cimbiote methods

Michael DeHaan mdehaan at redhat.com
Thu Mar 22 21:21:17 UTC 2007

Bart Whiteley wrote:
> On 3/22/07, *Michael DeHaan* <mdehaan at redhat.com 
> <mailto:mdehaan at redhat.com>> wrote:
>     Wow, a post about Cimbiote :)   I'm happy and sad at the same time.
>     You're basically the first person who has asked about
>     it.    Cimbiote is
>     now largely unmaintained, and I should update the web page to
>     indicate
>     we are looking for a new owner.    I would really like to see someone
>     who is well connected with CIM development help continue it.
> I would like to take ownership of Cimbiote if you're looking for a new
> owner.  I added support for associations to Cimbiote a couple of months
> back, but haven't got around to testing it thoroughly yet, which is why
> I haven't submitted the patch yet.
This sounds really good to me.   Cimbiote is GPL'd with the plugin 
examples being
LGPL'd, so I do not see a problem with this.    Obviously leave 
copyrights intact :)

I would say go ahead and find a new home to host it.   
>     At the time when it was written we saw a lot of large company interest
>     in CIM and wanted to help out in making writing providers easier for
>     those that were not CIM experts -- writing CIM providers is way too
>     painful, and documentation is scarce.     Standardized interfaces, we
>     thought, were definitely a good idea, but the problem was these
>     standards were overcomplicated and that created a high barrier to
>     entry
>     for open-source players (who generally preferred simpler and more
>     transparent technology).  Unfortunately, we were unable to drum up
>     community interest among pegasus-list and open source CIM project
>     leaders.  
> I did a presentation on pywbem and Cimbiote at Management Developers
> Conference ( mandevcon.com <http://mandevcon.com>) back in December. 

Very interesting.   Have slides?  :)

> I believe the current
> CIM/WBEM community isn't very interested in a Python provider
> interface because to date, most of this group has been involved in
> embedded environments such as BMCs, where python is not guaranteed
> to be present. 

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