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From Ian Holsman <>
Subject Re: Risk of orphanage (was: [VOTE] Accept Cassandra into the Incubator)
Date Wed, 24 Dec 2008 00:08:11 GMT
Martijn Dashorst wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 11:01 PM, Ian Holsman <> wrote:
>> * Cassandra is already deployed within Facebook and many other organizations
>> are actively moving to deploy this in production. Original developers
>> are and will actively stay involved and hence there is no realistic chance
>> of it getting orphaned.
>> == Reliance on Salaried Developers ==
>> * Yes. But don't expect this to be a risk of any nature.
> The whole problem with the original project, and the reason why it
> ends up at The ASF is that the current developers (i.e. the facebook
> devs) are *not* active, not responsive and not prone to open
> development. I'd argue that this is a *serious* risk for incubation.
> This is not something to take lightly IMO.
> The fact that this is a risk should be reflected in the proposal, but
> might not be of influence on the actual votes. The fact that you
> acknowledge the risk of becoming a fork, or having to continue without
> the original developers will help the Incubator folks and more
> specifically your mentors in providing guidance into becoming an open,
> healthy community.

You raise valid concerns Martijn.
Personally that is why I think incubation is the best thing for this 
project, as Apache's community building process is one of the best out 
there. and why I think one of the key incubator exit criteria for the 
project will be an established and vibrant community.

> Martijn
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