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From Jean-Daniel Cryans <jdcry...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [VOTE] HBase as an Apache top-level project? Re: [DISCUSS] HBase as Apache top-level project?
Date Wed, 07 Apr 2010 17:05:42 GMT


On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM, Stack <stack@duboce.net> wrote:
> Do we want to become an Apache top-level project?
> Please vote.
> (I'm +1)
> Thanks,
> St.Ack
> On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM, Stack <stack@duboce.net> wrote:
>> I'd like to start a discussion about promoting HBase from a Hadoop
>> sub-project to a top-level Apache project (TLP).
>> This is not yet a vote.  Once we have established general
>> understanding and agreement, I'll call a vote.
>> I propose we move HBase from hadoop.apache.org/hbase to
>> hbase.apache.org.  HBase would then have it's own Project Management
>> Committee (PMC) so that it can elect committers and create releases on
>> its own.  Currently these actions require votes by the Hadoop PMC.
>> However I think HBase now has a sufficiently large, diverse and
>> distinct community that it can fend for itself.
>> I suggest that initial HBase PMC consist of all active HBase
>> committers at the time we make the formal proposal.  This is typical
>> for new TLPs. (Subsequently PMCs tend to promote committers to the
>> PMC.  The Hadoop PMC generally promotes committers to the PMC after a
>> year of consistent activity, while some projects immediately add new
>> committers to their PMC.  But we don't need to decide our policy for
>> new PMC membership now, only the makeup of the initial PMC.)
>> I nominate myself as the initial chair of the HBase PMC, with the
>> proviso that we adopt a policy of regular chair replacement.  I
>> suggest that HBase PMC chairs serve a one or two-year term.  A PMC
>> chair has no more power than other PMC members, but rather has a few
>> more duties.  In particular, the chair must submit written quarterly
>> reports to the board describing the health of the projects developer
>> community.  The chair also maintains subversion permissions and
>> committer account creation.
>> Do these proposal sound reasonable?  Any improvements or questions?
>> For some background, please read:
>> http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html#roles
>> The steps I imagine are roughly:
>>  - discussion by HBase developers (what I'm starting here today)
>>  - vote by HBase developers
>>  - discussion by Hadoop PMC
>>  - vote by Hadoop PMC
>>  - draft resolution sent to board
>>  - board votes on resolution to form TLP
>> Formally, the board alone has the power to create a TLP: all prior
>> steps are merely an ordered means to make the case to the board that
>> all involved parties support such an action.
>> Thanks,
>> St.Ack
>> (Above is a message Doug Cutting sent to the Avro dev list after doing
>> a s/Avro/HBase/)

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