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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: Diversity requirement
Date Wed, 31 Oct 2007 04:47:04 GMT
Matthieu Riou wrote:
> On 10/30/07, Matt Hogstrom <> wrote:
>> On Oct 30, 2007, at 11:58 PM, Matthieu Riou wrote:
>>> "there are at least 3 legally independent committers and there is no single
>>> company or entity that is vital to the success of the project"
>> What does legally independent mean?  Not paid by the same company to
>> work on a project?  I'd be ok with that.
> My interpretation is not paid by anybody to work on the project. Could be
> the wrong interpretation though, but then the phrasing is maybe not that
> clear. They should be described as being independent from *each other*.

:)  Yes you read too much into it, independent of one another (not partners,
employees etc of the same organization, other than the ASF itself).

This would /include/ a pending assemblage of people, so if five folks get
together and plan to launch an incubating project, and kick off a company
from that together, they do need to ensure they have at least two independent
individuals join that project who aren't one of that group at graduation.

Strange things will happen as projects evolve, of course.  That's not the
incubator's concern once they had graduated.  But like you point out, folks
who learn to think and contribute critically to a project will keep doing so
even when they work together at the same company.

We don't know enough about the corporate culture of an existing group of folk
to say they can speak independently of their employer, and honestly, we don't
care as long as there is sufficient diversity on the project in the first place.


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