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From Stefan Bodewig <bode...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Future of RAT
Date Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:12:33 GMT
On 2010-08-11, Niall Pemberton wrote:

> The real point though is not size - its *activity*.

[absolutely correct observation of low activity snipped]

> My concern is if RAT goes TLP then it may be a small step away from
> not being able to get 3 PMC votes.

I understand that and share the concern to some degree.

RAT has probably never been the primary project for any of its
contributors.  Most of us jumped in to scratch specific itches and other
than that RAT is a side project somewhere down the list of projects we
contribute to regularly.  Pretty far down.

That being said, we are aware of the problem and have tried to address
that by adding four more committers last December, that doesn't seem to
have been enough.

One reason probably is that RAT does what it is supposed to do well
enough for most of us - the feedback of people who said RAT was so
important to them that it should become a TLP indicates it is good
enough for most other people as well.  In a way RAT has already been
mature and in maintenance mode when it entered incubation.

So yes, development activity is low.

OTOH patches get applied and releases are made if there is anything to
fix.  I'm sure we could have gotten more people to vote if it had been
necessary on the last release, it just wasn't necessary so people
preferred to work on other things rather than checking releases.

Stefan

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