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From Dirk-Willem van Gulik <di...@covalent.net>
Subject Re: Volunteers needed: Reboot of the XML 'PMC'.
Date Wed, 28 Feb 2001 18:55:08 GMT


On Wed, 28 Feb 2001 Scott_Boag@lotus.com wrote:

> Dirk-Willem van Gulik <dirkx@covalent.net> wrote:
> > But at the same time I wanted to warn people that most
> > things in the PMC are not about code - that is most and more effectively
> > dealt with by the projects themselves - but about things like licenses,
> > release policies and other things secondary (and driven by) code.
> 
> Right, but at the same time, the PMC needs to step up to, in my opinion,
> some technical issues, like across-project interface coordination, release
> and version management, quality assessment, and external interface policies
> (W3C, Oasis, JCP).  Policy mistakes that are really damaging can easily be
> made if an understanding of the detailed architectures and future plans of
> projects is not present.  And I don't believe many of the across-project
> architecture issues (within xml.apache.org and internal dependencies to
> Jakarta, apache server, etc.) can be fully addressed on the general list.
> So either these issues need to be worked on by the PMC, 

> *OR* 

> perhaps we should define an Architecture Management Council (AMC)...
> but this could well make things worse... I don't think we want to
> proliferate more exclusive groups.  Hmm... perhaps we could define a
> AMC mailing list that had open membership, but would tend to be
> naturally contained to people who are really interested and have the
> time to make really informed decisions?
> 
> Just brainstorming...

All good and valuable points. One of the things we can do here - along
with forming a new PMC is to give this group a brief; to work on the above
issues and make that a documented part of their tasks. Would it be useful
to rephrase this in such a way ?

Dw


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