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From Shane Curcuru <a...@shanecurcuru.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Apache NetBeans Incubator Proposal
Date Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:38:44 GMT
Mitch Claborn wrote on 9/15/16 11:07 AM:
> I'm very new in this type of thing. I have zero experience with ASF,
> etc, so if this is out of line, please forgive and I'll keep silent.
> 
> I've seen a lot of discussion about the HOW in terms of moving NetBeans
> to the Apache project, but not much/any discussion about WHY. I'm not a
> NetBeans coder/contributor, but simply someone who uses it 8+ hours per
> day in my normal job.
> 
> My main question is: will moving NetBeans to Apache result in a better
> product for people like me? If so, what particular aspects of moving
> will make that happen? Are there other projects that have made a similar
> move and experienced higher quality as a result?

As Bertrand noted else-thread: the move is because the actual people
planning to *work on the code* want to make the move (and obviously
Oracle is happy to help with the IP donations).

Apache is here to help communities of individual contributors build
software products for the public good.  We welcome any community that
wants to use the Apache Way of open, collaborative decision making, and
that will use our license and other structures.  The existing people
actually coding NetBeans are making the proposal, and the Apache
Incubator is happy to review it to see if it will fit here (seems like
it will, albeit with plenty of licensing and infrastructure changes).

Many people believe that in the long run it *will* make for a better
product for users, because becoming an independently governed project at
the ASF will draw in more code (and test, doc, plugin, etc.)
contributors from new places to help improve the product.

Does that make sense?

- Shane


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