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Subject cvs commit: incubator-site structure.html
Date Thu, 24 Oct 2002 19:43:18 GMT
coar        2002/10/24 12:43:18

  Added:       .        structure.html
  rough first pass at some documentation
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  1.1                  incubator-site/structure.html
  Index: structure.html
  <!doctype html public "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"
    <title>Apache Incubator: About the ASF Structure</title>
   <body bgcolor="#ffffff">
    <h1>Apache Incubator Project: Education</h1>
    <small><i>Last updated: $Date: 2002/10/24 19:43:18 $</i></small>
    <h2>About the Structure of the Apache Software Foundation</h2>
    One of the functions of the Incubator project is to educate developers
    new to the Apache Software Foundation in how it works, what the
    pieces are, and how they fit together.  This page is a rough-draft
    first attempt at beginning the documentation of that.
    <h3>The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a Corporation</h3>
    Yes, the ASF is a membership-based corporation registered in Delaware,
    United States.  It is intended to be a registered non-profit charity,
    and in fact was given 501(c)(3) status by the U.S. Internal Revenue
    Service.  However, even if something happens that changes that
    status, the ASF is <b>still</b> a not-for-profit enterprise.
    The ASF was incorporated to provide a legal entity which could shield
    the developers working on its code.  Along with being a corporation
    come some boring niggly details, though:
    The people who have the responsibilities of watching over the
    Foundation's activities, and keeping them on track and out of
    trouble, are the ASF's Board of Directors.  The board consists
    of nine individuals elected by the Foundation's membership
    and invested by the membership with the authority to run
    the Foundation and make tactical and strategic decisions concerning
    it.  (A lot of developers consider that boring and tedious.)
    The membership of the ASF is composed of individuals, not companies.  The
    members have a legal stake in the ASF.
    All software developed within the Foundation belongs to the ASF,
    and therefore the members.  The members own the code and the direction
    of it and the Foundation.  Committers get a shot at working on the code;
    good committers become members and thus get a piece of the ownership of
    the software and the direction.  <b>Commit access is a privilege, not
    a right, and is based on trust.</b>
    <hr />
    <div align="center">
     <small>All portions copyright &copy; 2002 by the Apache Software Foundation.
     All rights reserved.</small>

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