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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS][VOTE]: Release Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 (incubating), RC2
Date Thu, 16 Aug 2012 01:06:19 GMT

On Aug 15, 2012, at 5:37 PM, Rob Weir wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM, TJ Frazier <> wrote:
>> On 8/15/2012 18:52, Rob Weir wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM, Dave Fisher <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> On Aug 15, 2012, at 2:22 PM, Dave Fisher wrote:
>>>>> Is there a reason that the README in the source release is still
>>>>> pointing at for
>>>>> Builds?
>>>>> Minimally this then points to
>>>>> this doesn't seem exactly like what was used for 3.4.0?
>>>>> Would someone check the Build instructions and then update to be very
>>>>> clear what is current.
>>>>> I am proceeding with my tests as if the prerequisites have not changed
>>>>> and that I have them from my AOO 3.4 tests build.
>>>> I am stuck and I am stopping. I am very unhappy with the instructions on
>>>> the WIki page. I needed help with 3.4 and now I need help with 3.4.1.
>>>> Please show me the simplest way to build on a Mac from Source and show me
>>>> on the Wiki based on
>>>> BTW - Remember that SOURCE is the ONLY OFFICIAL RELEASE.
>>> That is your opinion, expressed loudly;  it is not Apache or IPMC
>>> policy.   We are officially voting on binaries as well and these are
>>> being inspected and these will be part of the official release.  The
>>> IPMC doc calls the source artifacts "canonical", but the same docs
>>> talk about binaries being included in the official release as well.
>>> In fact, it says of binary packages, "For some projects, this makes
>>> sense. For others, it does not."  Obviously you have your own opinion
>>> on this, but it is equally true that the vast majority of PPMC members
>>> have a different opinion.
>>> -Rob
>> Rob,
>> Please consider the blistering email from Roy T. Fielding, to general@inc
>> and to infra, on 3/27, 05:50, opposing "released' binaries. IMHO, he will
>> need to change his mind. OTOH, he is a founder and board member ...
> Current IPMC policy, as documented, states otherwise.   ASF practice,
> both with TLP's and Podlings, is to release binaries where the PMC
> wishes to do so.  The general discussion has gone far beyond whether
> or not we release binaries or whether they are official.  We're now
> discussing how rather than whether these binaries can be signed.
> Availability of source code is what makes Apache OpenOffice open
> source.  But the binaries are what make OpenOffice an end user
> application, something no other Apache project has previously
> attempted.  So it is not surprising that this is a challenge to
> long-held practices and habits for some Apache members.  But this is
> fully in accord with the Apache mission to publish software for the
> public good.  I'd like to think that open minds can see how binaries
> can be just as much of a public benefit as source code can be.  If
> this is not apparent to anyone, I'd recommend a read of this page:
> So again I would ask that we choose our words more carefully, since
> they are repeated, out of context, and are ascribed greater authority
> than we might intend. For example, I read recently on a European
> Commission websiste that a group of French agencies decided not to use
> Apache OpenOffice, in part because they were lead to believe that
> "Apache...doesn’t deliver installable software (binaries)".  This is
> absolutely false.

Convenience binary artifacts are released for the benefit of users.

At the most basic level when we VOTE we are approving the source release. We are stating that
we understand the License and Copyright of the source and that it is in Policy. This is the
standard for the IPMC and an Apache Member. It is not a vote that says that the code even
works properly it confirms that it is valid Apache Release.

We, the PPMC, also VOTE that these binary artifacts are of high quality and that they work,
but we are relying on others in the project to come up with that in aggregate - none of us
have every environment - none of us understand every language. This is a different standard.
We are certifying that the source release when built produces these artifacts and that they
are useful to users.

We can consider how to treat the word "Official" or "Certified" around platform builds that
may be called "Apache OpenOffice" as opposed to "Powered by Apache OpenOffice". This certainly
gets into the area of digital signatures which is fast becoming a topic for multiple projects
at The ASF. And yes the quality is about the control of the build.

Does that help?


> -Rob
>> (Sorry for no neat refs; I keep my own archives :-) )
>> /tj/
>>>> (I really don't want to -1 this release.)
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Dave
>>>>> Thanks & Regards,
>>>>> Dave
>>>>> Begin forwarded message:
>>>>>> From: Jürgen Schmidt <>
>>>>>> Date: August 15, 2012 7:01:47 AM PDT
>>>>>> To: "" <>
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [VOTE]: Release Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 (incubating),
>>>>>> Reply-To:
>>>>>> delivered-to: mailing list
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>> please vote on this email to ooo-dev only, thanks.
>>>>>> On 8/15/12 2:02 PM, Jürgen Schmidt wrote:
>>>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>>> this is a call for vote on releasing the following candidate
as Apache
>>>>>>> OpenOffice 3.4.1 (incubating). This will be our first bug fix
>>>>>>> after the AOO 3.4 from May 8th. A further milestone to show that
>>>>>>> deliver good and stable software with focus on quality. It will
>>>>>>> help to continue the success of and will gain
>>>>>>> confidence
>>>>>>> in OpenOffice.
>>>>>>> This time I did not prepare a separate page to highlighting the
>>>>>>> release
>>>>>>> candidate. We had developer snapshot since several weeks and
>>>>>>> latest
>>>>>>> one based on revision 1372282 is intended to become released
if the
>>>>>>> voting succeeds. That means and to make it clear you vote here
on the
>>>>>>> final release based on this snapshot build.
>>>>>>> This release is intended to be a bug fix release and to introduce
>>>>>>> further languages:
>>>>>>> (1) 71 issues are fixed and a detailed list can be watched under
>>>>>>> (2) 5 further languages are now officially supported: British
>>>>>>> Khmer, Slovenian, Slovak, and Finnish.
>>>>>>> For a detailed feature overview please see the release notes
>>>>>>> The release candidate artifacts (source release, as well as binary
>>>>>>> releases for 20 languages) and further information how to verify
>>>>>>> review Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 (incubating) can be found on the
>>>>>>> following wiki page:
>>>>>>> h
>>>>>>> Please vote on releasing this package as Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1
>>>>>>> (incubating).
>>>>>>> The vote starts now and will be open until:
>>>>>>>  Saturday, 18 August: 2012-08-18 2:00pm UTC+2.
>>>>>>> After the vote of the PPMC the vote will start on
>>>>>>> mailing and will be open for further
>>>>>>> hours.
>>>>>>> But we invite all people to vote (non binding) on this RC. We
>>>>>>> like
>>>>>>> to provide a release that is supported by the majority of our
>>>>>>> members.
>>>>>>>  [ ] +1 Release this package as Apache OpenOffice 3.4 (incubating)
>>>>>>>  [ ]  0 Don't care
>>>>>>>  [ ] -1 Do not release this package because...

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