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From Antonio Gallardo <>
Subject Re: Proposal for Forrest-Cocoon-Lenya commit access
Date Sat, 03 Sep 2005 05:17:10 GMT

Thanks to David for the overview. IMO we should modularize this whole 
discusion in different topics. The lenght of the thread scream for 
"SoC". :-)

Thank to Thorsten that kindly shared with the rest of us (that are not 
participating on lenya-dev) the discussion about this topic in the lenya 

Since the subject is about the Lenya SVN access to Forrest I will try to 
keep on the topic:

Let review a bit the history

Since 1998 we are working in an easy way to make people docs [0] and 
dreaming about an unified an integrated document system for Open Source 
projects. Since 2003, this idea is what we called "Doco". [1]

While all the 3 communities (cocoon, lenya and forrest) liked Doco and 
everybody told that is going to contribute with the project. The truth 
is that we are 2 years ahead and there is no Doco! I believe this is 
mostly, because the following technical problems:

1- Nobody had enough knowledge of the all the involved projects.
2-When we had contact with the othe community we found we spoke 
different languages. :-(

Some of us started to get involved in other communities to see what we 
can do. In my case this how I started in Lenya!

Is there a hope for Doco?
IMO, yes:

1-The 3 communities are bigger now than 2 years ago.
2-We need to surf the increasing wave of Doco interest inside the 
3-THE BEST: the communities already digested the overall Doco idea and 
are ready to help each other in order to make Doco a reality!

Why Lenya need access to our SVN?
The lastest discusions about Doco showed that we can try to create a 
"Lenya Publication"[2] in forrest. That means that is going to be 
renderd by forrest. To make the things easiers, some of use believe we 
need to give SVN access to Lenya that way all the people can work 
together in the same repository.

As we can see this has nothing against meritocracy, principles or ideal. 
What we want to do is something that Nicola already expressed better[3]:

David, it seems Ross cracked open the coconut and we now have 
opensource nirvana. Cool beans! :-)

Why not a new incubator project or a new list?

The reality is tha infra folks are very busy. The ASF is very fast growing and now they have
to manage more servers and hundreds of committers.
Unfortunately, that means a request to infra takes long time now. We know history: months
waiting. So, We don't want to lose the wave! We believe we can start sharing our communities
resources and if the initial efforts shows we are going in the right way, then we can request
to start the Apache Doco project.

Best Regards,

Antonio Gallardo.


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