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From Garrett Rooney <roo...@apache.org>
Subject Re: What kind of oversight Is required for a release?
Date Mon, 14 Nov 2005 06:18:15 GMT
On 11/13/05, Cliff Schmidt <cliffschmidt@gmail.com> wrote:
> Section 6.3 of the ASF bylaws
> (http://www.apache.org/foundation/bylaws.html) establishes PMCs for
> "the creation or maintenance of "open-source" software for
> distribution to the public at no charge".  The officer primarily
> responsible for the PMC may "establish rules and procedures for the
> day to day management of project(s) for which the committee is
> responsible."  It is these rules that govern the specific way that the
> project creates an open and meritocratic environment, which includes
> the process of committers voting for things affecting the project.
> However, it is always the PMC (and more specifically, the PMC chair,
> as the ASF officer) that is responsible for the actions of the
> project.
>
> Since official ASF distributions are pretty significant (especially
> due to the need to ensure there are no open legal issues), the PMC
> should not lazily delegate this action to the members of its
> community.  Of course, they should put a lot of weight on the desires
> of the community, including users, contributors, and committers; but,
> the PMC is ultimately responsible for the entire project and must make
> the final decision.

So what you're saying is that while other people can vote, they're
only expressing an opinion, and those votes really can't count towards
the 3 required for a release, right?

If that's the case, then it seems like the guidelines for rolling a
release for the HTTPD project (which is basically what APR falls back
on using, since there are no APR docs on that sort of thing, and APR
traditionally falls back on "what HTTPD did", since the APR community
grew out of the HTTPD one) should be changed to note this.  Right now
the docs at http://httpd.apache.org/dev/release.html don't mention the
PMC at all, let alone in regards to voting on releases.

-garrett

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