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From Jordi Salvat i Alabart <jsalv...@atg.com>
Subject [Fwd: ASF Board Summary for February 18, 2004]
Date Mon, 23 Feb 2004 12:47:26 GMT
Looks like we're mostly in-line with the recommendations issued by the 
board, except possibly for:

   - author tags are officially discouraged. these create difficulties in
     establishing the proper ownership and the protection of our
     committers. there are other social issues dealing with collaborative
     development, but the Board is concerned about the legal ramifications
     around the use of author tags

Should we just go and remove them all?

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: ASF Board Summary for February 18, 2004
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 04:19:01 -0800
From: Greg Stein <gstein@apache.org>
Reply-To: community@apache.org
To: committers@apache.org

Hi all,

Since the minutes from a board meeting are not usually available until a
month or so after the meeting, I like to provide informal summaries of the
meeting. This can help to keep people informed about the actions the Board
has taken which may have an effect on the development community here at
the ASF. If you're a committer, then you'll want to read this :-)

It was quite a busy meeting:

* The Board established two new PMCs:

   - The Apache Gump Project will now oversee the development and
     maintenance of the Apache Jakarta Gump project. Stefan Bodewig is the
     new Chair of this PMC.

   - The Apache Portals Project will be pulling together a number of
     different ASF technologies that are used to create portals. Santiago
     Gala is the new project Chair.

* Sam Ruby requested to step down from the Apache Jakarta Chair position.
   The Board appointed Geir Magnusson Jr to the newly-vacant Chair.

   Thanks Sam for your time in the Chair. I also look forward to the things
   that Geir can bring to the Apache Jakarta Project!

* The Board fixed a mistake we made a few years ago. In an attempt to
   create a tight bond of a "sister project" with the PHP community, we
   created a PHP PMC. That hasn't ever been quite right, though, as the PHP
   community is self-sufficient and the ASF doesn't actually own any rights
   to the code. So, the Board closed down the PMC, and we'll move PHP to
   its proper place on our site: as a favored sister project. This won't
   actually _change_ anything, other than from an ASF legal perspective. We
   still love those guys :-)

* We confirmed the March 1 deadline for two separate events:

   - All committers must have a CLA on file by March 1. On that date, the
     infrastructure team will lock out all accounts without a CLA on file.
     If that is going to be a problem for some reason, then please discuss
     it with your project's PMC.

   - All releases made after March 1 must use the new Apache License 2.0.
     Please note that this applies to *all* releases, even maintenance
     releases where the original went out under the 1.1 license.

     Please see http://www.apache.org/dev/apply-license.html for more
     information on applying the license.

* In conjunction with the the discussion about relicensing and some
   copyright issues, the Board is establishing an official policy in this
   area:

   - each and every file must have exactly *one* Copyright line, specifying
     The Apache Software Foundation. additional individual or corporate
     copyrights are not allowed.

     (of course, binary files or certain restrictively formatted files
     cannot include the copyright and license, but the copyright/license
     header should be in everything possible)

   - for contributions of entire files/packages, it is permissible to
     include a section saying something along the lines of "originally
     written by ...". this text should occur *after* the copyright and
     license header.

   - author tags are officially discouraged. these create difficulties in
     establishing the proper ownership and the protection of our
     committers. there are other social issues dealing with collaborative
     development, but the Board is concerned about the legal ramifications
     around the use of author tags

   - it is quite acceptable and encouraged to recognize developers' efforts
     in a CHANGES file, or some other descriptive file which is associated
     with the overall PMC or release rather than individual files.

* The Board reiterated that distribution of software from our servers must
   be licensed with the Apache License or a *less* restrictive license
   (such as plain BSD or the MIT licenses).

* The XML Project submitted a plan to the Board regarding a desire to move
   to a federation of PMCs, rather than a "big umbrella" PMC. The Board is
   very supportive of this move, and is looking forward to seeing this
   happen.


I believe that is about it (whew!). Please continue any discussion on
community@apache.org. If you have any questions, comments, or other
concerns, then you can send them directly to me (gstein@apache.org), or to
any other ASF officer.

Cheers,
-g

-- 
gstein@apache.org ... ASF Chairman ... http://www.apache.org/


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