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From Robert Burrell Donkin <>
Subject Re: [legal] How to clarify, if usage of Boost C++ source libraries is allowed
Date Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:17:43 GMT
On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:


> Honestly, I see clear answers from legal-discuss for only a small
> fraction of the questions that are submitted.  I don't know if we're
> misusing that list or what.  But it does not appear to operate like a
> list where you submit a questions and get a definitive answer in a
> finite period of time,

It's is a sign that demand exceeds capacity :-/

The last time we were this busy, the contributions of a small number
of lawyers (at major tech companies) really made the difference. Looks
like they've drifted away. If anyone knows a lawyer who might be
interesting in contributing, then please ask them to join the list.

I recommend noting the slow response from legal-discuss as an
impediment in the next podling report (to let the board know).

> Do Mentors have have an idea on whether we're approaching these
> questions the right way?

(I'm not a mentor but please forgive give me for jumping in)

Apache is sometimes described as a do-ocracy. Submitting patches is
the path to karma.

> In particular, should be forcing the questions by proposing a
> categorization and seeking lazy consensus?  For example, "If there are
> no objections within 3 days to treating the Boost Licence as Category
> A compatible, then we assume lazy consensus and go forward with that
> treatment"

Dennis seems clueful :-)

If he were to start proposing patches to complement his analysis, that
would increase the probability that someone would apply them (by
reducing the time required to implement the policy clarification).


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