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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <orc...@apache.org>
Subject RE: Releasing the Apache OpenOffice API plugin for NetBeans
Date Sun, 20 Mar 2016 14:54:48 GMT
[BCC to the PMC]

>From the Chair,

If this is considered an Apache release and identified as provided by the Apache OpenOffice
project, then the Apache release requirements must be satisfied.

I know of no records on the AOO project obtaining an exception for this case from the Foundation.
 If there are any, please make known where that information is preserved.  

There is no difficulty with the formalities other than requiring patience and ensuring that
certain requirements on release packaging are satisfied.  The recent difficulty is not having
enough PMC members who were able to satisfy the binding vote requirement.  So long as there
are, as there seem to be now, this can go forward the same as the previous release that Carl
escorted through the process.  

One step that would be useful to take is having some identification of the UNO Tools version
releases that progresses separately from the Apache OpenOffice main product release cadence.
 It would be very useful and practical to have a naming of files and versioning in the source-code
release [candidates] that is distinct from the AOO version progression in some manner, since
only some of these will be bundled in the AOO releases of full OpenOffice.  I imagine with
practice, the delivery of the UNO Tools and facilitation of their use by others will become
straightforward.

There was already discussion of ASF release policies on a related thread.  Here is the relevant
policy and practice material.

   <http://www.apache.org/dev/release-publishing.html>, along with 

   <http://apache.org/dev/release.html>.

   Note that any committer (with a registered PGP signature) can pull
   together a release, although it is the PMC that is responsible for
   assuring its acceptability and approval.  Acceptability is also in
   specific, narrow terms.  See the rules for voting on releases and 
   what those who vote approval are required to have done.  Read from 
   <http://apache.org/dev/release.html#approving-a-release> down to 
   just before the Release Distribution topic.

The Apache OpenOffice project does not have autonomy on this matter.  A key responsibility
of the PMC is assuring that the release process and its integrity are achieved and sustained.
 It happens that the ability of a PMC to accomplish releases in this manner is an indicator
of the project's viability.  

If the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee words and procedurally-approves a narrow,
specific request for an exception with regard to the UNO Tools of Apache OpenOffice, it can
be taken to Apache legal and elsewhere where review and approval at the Foundation level is
required. 

 - Dennis

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marcus [mailto:marcus.mail@wtnet.de]
> Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2016 04:31
> To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Releasing the Apache OpenOffice API plugin for NetBeans
> 
> Am 03/20/2016 11:29 AM, schrieb Andrea Pescetti:
> > On 20/03/2016 Marcus wrote:
> >> Am 03/18/2016 12:19 AM, schrieb Carl Marcum:
> >>> Do we need to treat the submission of plugin artifacts for
> availability
> >>> at NetBeans.org and through their update mechanism as official
> project
> >>> releases requiring a vote? ...
> >> @all:
> >> Is there anything that would speak against that Carl is going on with
> >> this procedure from the past?
> >
> > I suggest that we continue as in the past. The NetBeans plugin is not
> > related, code-wise, to the OpenOffice "main" releases at all, and we
> can
> > just let Carl maintain it with lazy consensus as usual, with no need
> for
> > a formal release.
> 
> that's good. It's also my impression that we don't need any more formal
> way.
> 
> @Rory:
> Sorry, it seems I should have point out my opinion more visible. ;-)
> 
> Marcus
> 
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