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From "robert burrell donkin" <>
Subject Re: Killing the incubator m2 repository
Date Fri, 16 Mar 2007 14:06:59 GMT
On 3/16/07, Johnson, Eric <> wrote:
> Can't any ASL licensed artifact be posted to ibiblio?


> Does that fact not completely circumvent the whole intention of making a separate
> incubating repository?


making a separate incubation repository seemed like the right action
at the time. times change. opinions develop.

people are now generally comfortable with the idea of podlings
creating releases. it's also clear now that incubator releases are
official apache releases from a legal perspective but not from a
branding perspective.

the substantial question is whether we should still be using that
repository now and revolves around branding. it's not whether
artifacts are available from ibiblio (or anywhere else) but whether
this practice is officially sanctioned by apache or now.

when thought of in those terms, the current intention is not circumvented

but this opens up the question of whether apache is making the right
tradeoff between the risk of potental reputational damage due to poor
quality podling releases against actual reputational damage resulting
from this arrangement (which is somewhat annoying for users and

i wonder whether versioning policies (all podling release versioned
0.x) may be more effective. someone using apache-podling-INCUBATING0.2

- robert

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