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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: Competing projects was Re: [VOTE] Incubate new podling, "River" (nee Braintree, nee..., nee Jini)
Date Wed, 27 Dec 2006 18:40:05 GMT
Davanum Srinivas wrote:
> Is this about competing podlings? or existing projects/new podlings?

The Competing Projects thread is a general umbrella of how the incubator
should approach any two proposed podlings that overlap in scope, or a
proposed podling that overlaps in scope with an existing podling/project.

Niclas said it well, let the code speak for itself.  It would add an extra
burden on the incoming project; "Project Foo intersects the functionality
of project Bar.  We take a different design approach by using ... which
will accomplish ...".  (It's not necessary, and probably in poor taste to
add "project Foo will trump project Bar by ...".)

And the reviewers approving incubation would need to be comfortable that
there is a technical reason for two implementations.  If there is, great,
let it incubate :)

Healthy competition of code is always good.  We shouldn't treat two of the
competing code bases within the ASF any differently than one implementation
at the ASF, and one outside at codehaus, sourceforge, or in the commercial
sector.  Let code speak for itself.

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