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From Rick Hillegas <Richard.Hille...@Sun.COM>
Subject DRDA Spec, update
Date Wed, 06 Sep 2006 15:14:06 GMT
I wanted to keep the community informed about my involvement with the 
DRDA spec. As you know, several companies are interested in helping 
evolve DRDA. However, no-one is keen on renting an official seat on the 
DBIOP Consortium, the group which owns the spec. Those seats cost $25K 
per year. The Consortium has worked out the following arrangement:

1) IBM does rent an official seat.
2) Other companies can serve in an advisory role, reviewing the 
Consortium's work.
3) The IBM representative will present proposals volunteered by these 

I will serve as Sun's adviser to the DBIOP Consortium. The Consortium 
has confirmed that, in this role, I can share proposals with the larger 
Derby community. That is, I can continue to work in public.

I have some misgivings about this arrangement as a long-term solution 
for an open source community. However, in the short term, this process 
lets us make progress. I don't get the impression that standards bodies 
have good models for how to deal with open source efforts. If anyone can 
recommend a good resource on this topic, please let us all know.


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