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From robert_w...@us.ibm.com
Subject Re: OpenOffice.org Apache Incubator Proposal
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:59:33 GMT
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.

-Rob
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