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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: Microsoft and OpenID
Date Sun, 11 Feb 2007 17:41:23 GMT
Johannes Ernst wrote:
> It would be a shame if one of the (the?) leading open-source development
> organization, Apache, was discontinuing work on something that's just
> finding some major acceptance.

The ASF rarely terminates a project; provided the community meets the
guidelines of the meritocracy and open development model of this foundation,
it's up to the contributors to sustain the project.

An entire committer group could leave, and an entirely new group of
committers could choose to assume ongoing development of an ASF project.
That's why the foundation is greater than the sum of it's parts.

But ... the ASF doesn't just step in and pick up the development slack.
It's up to contributors to each scratch there own itch - if a project has
no contributors, there is no project.  And -that- is the rare situation
that a project just up and folds itself.

There's also the rare situation that a community simply can't operate under
the ASF's development model.  That's the very rare occasion that the ASF
may act to shut down a project against the wishes of its contributors.

Very, very rare if the project is willing to turn things around, but it
has been necessary in the past and probably will happen again someday.


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