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From Christian Grobmeier <>
Subject Re: A necessary clarification about contributions
Date Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:37:11 GMT

> My understanding is that all that a contributor needs is submitting the ICLA.

"The ASF desires that all contributors of ideas, code, or
documentation to the Apache projects complete, sign, and submit (via
postal mail, fax or email) an Individual Contributor License

> It is not necessary to join the Apache Foundation nor is it necessary
> to register oneself as a project member or contributor for the OOo project
> (as we did in the proposal).

"Registration" is not necessary. The contributor sends a patch to the
mailinglist, explaining what he did. Additionally he adds the patch to
a Jira issue (new or existing one) and checking a box with which he
allows usage.

In some cases patches were applied even when there is no ICLA signed.
This usually done for corrections of spelling or minor stuff. For all
other contributions the ICLA should be signed.

Please see this:

OOo should have a document on contributing. Here is an example:

A little more on licenses (not directly related):

> Is my understanding correct?

I would say yes :-)

> Regards,
> Mathias


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