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From Leo Simons <m...@leosimons.com>
Subject Re: Incubating java projects
Date Wed, 21 Dec 2005 11:13:53 GMT
On Wed, Dec 21, 2005 at 10:59:11AM +0000, James Strachan wrote:
> On 20 Dec 2005, at 19:33, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> >It's not actually a dumb question, but rather one that I always  
> >took for granted... I realized when asked by Alan that we never had  
> >the need to codify it...
> 
> Yeah - I've never seen it actually written down anywhere & noticed  
> that the Roller project hadn't switched domains yet.
> 
> https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/roller/trunk/src/org/
> 
> I wondered why this was mandatory; the purpose of the Java package  
> name scheme is purely to avoid clashes; provided the .org domain name  
> is owned (& we'd be happy to donate to Apache) I don't see why we  
> need to force a major package name change on our users. If it is  
> mandatory then hey we'll comply I'm just questioning who made this  
> decision and why?

Sun Microsystems in their coding standards :-). It was in retrospect
not such a good idea perhaps...

One thing we *can't* have is trademarks that aren't owned by the ASF
(registered or not), so *if* the package isn't changed then yes the
org.roller name and domain *should* probably come under full control of
the ASF (I'll say that's a good idea anyway).

I think the package name change is currently not mandatory, but perhaps
it should be.

- LSD


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