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From Eric Baldeschwieler <eri...@yahoo-inc.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSSION] Thinking about 20.204 and beyond
Date Sat, 18 Jun 2011 22:55:47 GMT
Hi Roy,

Thanks for the clarification. I will endeavor to keep marketing to a minimum. I always try
to keep my actions as a manager and project contributor consistent with our community norms.
 When one is speaking as the manager of a team of contributors pronouns get complicated. 

I've gotten lots of feedback that folks would like a better understanding of what I plan to
ask team members to invest in. And lots of questions about why we don't do various things
others would like to see done.  My goal is simply to be transparent. That should allow all
of us to make better decisions as a community. 

Given the number of questions I have gotten on why "yahoo" chooses to do sustaining I think
the background is needed for an informed debate. 

I expect yahoo team members will continue to make branches and call release votes. I hope
that sharing my thinking, intentions and motivations up front reduces conflict. 

E14 - typing on glass

On Jun 18, 2011, at 1:23 PM, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com> wrote:

> On Jun 17, 2011, at 11:50 PM, Eric Baldeschwieler wrote:
>> Along with starting a new release off the mainline (see previous mail), the Yahoo!
team plans to continue producing sustaining releases off the Hadoop with security branch,
such as 0.20.203 .  I'm writing this email to outline our plans, explain Yahoo's motivation
for supporting this work and request feedback and hopefully your endorsement.  This initiative
stems from Yahoo's commitment to do its hadoop work in Apache and discontinue the Yahoo Distribution
of Hadoop (http://yhoo.it/i9Ww8W).
> Eric,
> Please make an effort to understand that we act at Apache as individuals.
> That includes you and your team.  Yes, everyone greatly appreciates the
> fact that Yahoo! pays your salaries.  Nevertheless, here you are called
> an individual named Eric.
> Companies do not have motivations.  You do.  There is nothing wrong with
> each and every individual here being motivated, at least partly, by what
> their boss(es) consider the right path forward.  But you don't have to
> sell it as something Yahoo! is doing, and you don't need to send marketing
> messaging to the development lists at Apache.  Just be yourself and
> represent yourself.
> Anyone on the PMC can be an RM.  A package can be rolled at any time, and
> a release vote on that package can be called at any time.  While it makes
> sense for the individual planning to RM a release to announce their plans,
> doing so does not in any way form the direction the product is headed,
> nor does it exclude anyone else from being RM of their own release process.
> There is absolutely no reason that trunk cannot be packaged for release
> tomorrow as 0.23.  There may be many reasons why it won't pass a release
> vote, but we probably aren't going to find them until somebody tries.
> ....Roy

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