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From Thilo Goetz <twgo...@gmx.de>
Subject Re: Code contribution to ASF - What are the minimum actions
Date Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:02:52 GMT
Niclas Hedhman wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 3:01 PM, Steve Poole <spoole167@googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,   I'm a committer on the new Incubator project  Kato and I also work
>> for IBM.    I'm working out the list of changes that IBM needs to perform on
>> the codebase that will be contributed to Apache to seed this project.   I've
>> had various suggestions from  Apache members and mentors but I can't find a
>> definitive list that describes the least that needs to happen before any
>> code is fit to be contributed.
> 
> There is no "definite list", since the Incubator exist to 'remove
> legal problems' before the codebase see the day of light as a release.
> An unencumbered codebase is of course preferred, and if you can manage
> that prior to contribution, then even better.
> 
>> I appreciate that there are other legal
>> activities and documents that need to be done as well - this is simply about
>> required changes to the code before the initial contribution
>>
>> Here is my list of whats required at minimum
>>
>> 1 - check that everything contained is intended for contribution
>> 2 - remove any artifacts and source that are not original works by IBM
> 
> On 2, doesn't need to be original works by IBM, but IBM need to have
> the legal rights to make such contribution to Apache. Slight
> difference....
> 
> 3. Provide the contribution to the project under a Apache License.
> (Makes the incubation process smoother).
> 
> This means that the zipped contribution contains LICENSE file, sources
> with Apache license headers and any NOTICES that are required from
> upstream projects (if any).

But AIUI, this is not strictly necessary.  You might as well
do this in the incubator, under the guidance of your mentors.
That's my understanding from various discussions on the
incubator list of the past few years.

--Thilo

> 
> That is all I can think of, and would be in better shape than some
> projects arriving at Incubator. And, as you mention, there is a
> Software Grant to be issued which identifies the contribution, as well
> as a Corporate CLA clearing/allowing individuals at IBM to contribute
> to the project, under what terms are none of our business, we just
> keep a record of it so the employer doesn't come after the committer
> later.
> 
> 
> Cheers
> Niclas

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