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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject RE: The 50% Rule (was RE: [Summary ]Re: [TEST+VOTE] Lenya 1.2 Release)
Date Sun, 13 Jun 2004 23:30:30 GMT
Cliff Schmidt wrote:
> Roy T. Fielding wrote:
> > 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.
>
> 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.

Cliff, what is the current breakdown of the XMLBeans team membership?  If
this "50% rule" is the only thing keeping XMLBeans in the Incubator, let's
see what we can do about getting you released.

An obvious question: do you feel that if BEA were to drop XMLBeans for some
reason, that there is a sufficient independent community to continue the
project?

	--- Noel


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