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From Jean-Louis Boudart <>
Subject Re: Becoming part of the Ant project ?
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:31:21 GMT

I was watching the discussion today, and like you i misunderstood the
sponsoring of Ant project to EasyAnt.

I don't see any advantage to build an independent PMC.

EasyAnt is build on top of ant and ivy, and it doesn't mean we just want to
use the library under the hood. EasyAnt is here also to promote those
powerful tools and bring fresh ideas, we already contributed features to
both project, and i'm pretty sure we will continue in this way. As we
depend on those project and really plan to contribute to them i would feel
more confortable if Ant PMC is aware about easyant release and vice et

EasyAnt will try to be always using upstream version of both project, and
particular needs for us could probably "stimulate" ant or ivy release

If one day, some of us becomes part of Ant PMC,  we could also help on
releasing Ant + Ivy.

So i think it's clear enough i prefer second choice.

Jean-Louis Boudart
Le 5 juil. 2012 20:26, "Nicolas Lalevée" <> a
écrit :

> Hi guys,
> There was some discussion on the general@incubator.a.o mailing list [1]
> and it appears that I misunderstood the sponsoring of the Ant project to
> EasyAnt. Maybe some of you too, so let's clear it out.
> The question is quite simple: do we want to be part of the Ant PMC or do
> we want to build an independent PMC ?
> If we want to build an independent PMC, then we should show that we can
> manage a PMC by building a community, handling IP issues, releasing
> following the ASF guidelines, etc... This is the so called incubation. And
> at some point we would "graduate" to be a PMC.
> If we want to be part of the Ant PMC, it means the Ant PMC is willing to
> manage the code and the releases of EasyAnt. So we don't have to do
> particular incubation, at least some IP clearance (which we already did).
> The EasyAnt code would then be imported into Ant svn tree and we would all
> get to be committers there. But releases would be voted by the Ant PMC. I'm
> the only active EasyAnt committer which is also an Ant PMC member. So we
> would have to rely on the other Ant PMC members to be available to vote on
> our releases, since we need at least 3 binding votes. That's also why if we
> choose this route, the Ant PMC will have to vote to accept us before
> anything can happen. This dependance on people not particularly involved in
> EasyAnt would somehow resolve itself if some of you get promoted to be part
> of the Ant PMC which I have no doubt it would happen :).
> For my part, I understood the Ant sponsoring as becoming eventually part
> of Ant, which is wrong, the incubator is even discussing about to remove
> this project sponsoring concept. So I am in favor of the second choice.
> What do you prefer ?
> Nicolas
> [1]

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