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From "Jukka Zitting" <>
Subject Re: maven repository
Date Fri, 30 May 2008 11:33:03 GMT

On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 2:53 AM, Noel J. Bergman <> wrote:
> I really do not know why we have to revisit this same topic year after year
> after year.

Because it's an arbitrary restriction that IMHO hasn't been properly justified.

> We do not want people to be using any Incubator artifact without explicit
> knowledge and action, so we do not want them polluting the standard repository.

Replace "artifact" with "release" and "standard repository" with "the
Internet" and you have a rationale for preventing incubating releases.
I wouldn't agree with that, but at least that would be a clear and
consistent argument.

One of the key principles of open source is that you don't put
arbitrary restrictions on where or how the code is distributed or
used. Once we approve a release it should be up to the project to
decide how they want to make it available to their users.

For example, if SpamAssassin were to enter incubation today, would we
prevent them from using CPAN to distribute their releases?


Jukka Zitting

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