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From "Cliff Schmidt" <cl...@bea.com>
Subject RE: The 50% Rule (was RE: [Summary ]Re: [TEST+VOTE] Lenya 1.2 Release)
Date Fri, 11 Jun 2004 21:50:58 GMT
Roy T. Fielding wrote on Friday, June 11, 2004 2:24 PM:

> On Friday, June 11, 2004, at 04:01  AM, Leo Simons wrote:
> 
>> [is the rule that a project just needs 3 independent committers, or
>> is there an additional rule that no more than 50% of the committers
>> must be part of a single company?] 
>> 
>> IIRC that 50% rule applies, but IANAL. Roy, Nicola?
> 
> I have no idea where that 50% stuff came from.  The goal of having at
> least three independent members of the project PMC (*committers* has
> no decison-making role in the foundation, even when committers == PMC)
> is to make sure someone is able to veto stuff that would get
> us in trouble.  50% would be nice, but not necessary unless we are
> talking about the ASF board.
> 
> I don't know if this should even apply to code that is being
> inserted into an existing project.
> 
> ....Roy

XMLBeans has been actively developing in the incubator for 9 months.
The project started with three independent committers and has picked 
up brought on two more from Apache contributors in the last couple
months.  However, 55% of the committers are BEA employees, and for 
that reason alone, XMLBeans has yet to request graduation from
the incubator.

Just thought you'd be interested to know that the rule is currently
affecting more than one project in incubation.

Cliff

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