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From robert_w...@us.ibm.com
Subject Re: TDF/LO, what is the art of the possible?
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 12:37:40 GMT
"William A. Rowe Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net> wrote on 06/04/2011 12:22:31 
AM:

> From: "William A. Rowe Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>
> To: general@incubator.apache.org
> Date: 06/04/2011 12:23 AM
> Subject: Re: TDF/LO, what is the art of the possible?
> 
> On 6/3/2011 7:09 PM, robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
> > If someone on the list from TDF is authorized to answer this (or can 
get 
> > such authorization), I'd appreciate an official stance on the 
following 
> > questions.  This would help us understand what room there is for 
> > negotiation and what is not worth discussing at all.
> 
> As the VP, HTTP Server Project, let me suggest how the ASF would answer
> your questions, and possibly lead you to rephrase many of your 
questions.
> 

It is not relevant how ASF would answer these questions. 

I'm open to to possibility that a 6-month old open source association with 
a single project might have more flexibility, as an organization, than 
ASF, a 12-year old foundation, with a legal entity and nearly 170 
projects.   Note that in this case I am talking specifically about the 
organization, not the collective membership.  That is why I explicitly 
directed the questions to the TDF Steering Committee, asking for an 
official response.   I think this would be very useful. 
 
Of course, the views of the communities at large are important as well, 
and ultimately even determining.  But as a practical matter we are not 
going to directly negotiate this between hundreds of individual members of 
TDF with many hundreds more of Apache participants.  But certainly, once 
the parameters of the negotiations are established, and we work out a 
proposed framework for collaboration, it would be perfectly reasonable for 
the TDF Steering Committee to bring that to their general membership for 
consultations and even a vote.


Regards,

-Rob



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