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From Justin Mclean <jus...@classsoftware.com>
Subject Re: Convenience Binary Policy
Date Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:49:15 GMT
Hi,

> 3) you created a correct distribution artifact and put it somewhere
> non-Apache

The modified binary has been placed in his Apache account [1] and AFAIK he wants to move it
to the official a.o/dist release area without a vote or alternatively distribute it directly
from there (to avoid waiting for the mirrors to catch up). It's currently been added to the
installer as a dev only build (for testing purposes). By "correct distribution" it's a modified
version of the existing 0.02 release binary. For someone to duplicate this they would have
to unpack the existing binary, modify it by adding the Jberg jar and repackage it. No changes
to the build process or source code, LICENSE, NOTICE etc have not been committed to the Apache
Flex repository.

> 4) you aren't claiming that the artifact you created is an Apache release
> and you are pointing some workshop participants at your release.

My understanding is Alex does want to use this as an official release and have the officially
released Apache Flex installer download and install it. The new binary would be available
to everyone / the general public and not just the people attending the talk. (I don't think
it's a workshop). The currently nightly build doesn't have this issue it's only effects the
previously officially released 0.01 and 0.02 versions of FlexJS which are publicly available
via the installer and the Apache mirrors.

I have already stated my view  on the Flex dev list that we should follow the normal Apache
vote and release cycle [3], but rather than repeat that here I think it boils down to just
 this: [2]
"Under no circumstances are unapproved builds a substitute for releases. If this policy seems
inconvenient, then release more often."

The Jberg jar is licensed under CPL so the binary would also would require a change to NOTICE
to comply with Apache licensing policy.

Thanks,
Justin

1. http://people.apache.org/~aharui/FlexJS/binaries/0.0.2a/
2. http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html#what
3. http://markmail.org/message/b2wbyo5yzbrb6f7d
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