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From Robert Burrell Donkin <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 07:33:18 GMT
On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 4:59 PM,  <robert_weir@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> Norbert Thiebaud <nthiebaud@gmail.com> wrote on 06/03/2011 11:09:23 AM:
>
>>
>> On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Ross Gardler <rgardler@apache.org>
> wrote:
>> >
>> > This is why, inside the ASF, we expect individuals to represent the
>> > communities interests not their commercial or their employers
> interests.
>>
>> "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary
>> depends upon his not understanding it." Upton Sinclair, Jr.
>> (1878-09-20 – 1968-11-25)
>>
>
> It is important to understand the "multiple hats" doctrine:
>
> http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html#hats
>
> FWIW, I've found the IPMC members to be incredibly professional in acting
> in the best interest at AFS.  In some cases I've been scolded or otherwise
> brought down to earth someone that I only later found to come from another
> IBMer, doing the right thing for AFS and the community, rather than simply
> following any corporate alliance.
>
> Personally I think that is the right thing.  If a company thinks Apache is
> a good thing, and makes the investment of sponsoring developers to work in
> Apache projects, then they want Apache to succeed doing what it does well.
>  To go against that risks subverting the very organizational investment
> being made.

+1

The development process at Apache is (intentionally) as public, open
and transparent as possible. Karma is granted to individuals not
corporations. This helps reputation and standing in the community to
balance other pressures.

>From time to time, problems emerge but we've found that most
corporations respond quickly to pressure when they overstep the mark.

Robert

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