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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Future of RAT
Date Tue, 10 Aug 2010 19:50:28 GMT
On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 15:25, Mark Struberg <> wrote:
> Hi!
> Maybe I need to catch up with the current status: is RAT still mainly targeted
> to ASF projects, or is it a general Release Audit Tool and as such also useful
> for releasing GPLed or BSL style projects?
> If it is still ASF centric, then to me it sounds much more as a subproject of
> infrastructure or legal than an own TLP.
> Of course there is no minimum size for becoming a TLP, but let's be honest: if
> this is not a general technical project but more like a business project then
> there will not be enough community around it. Or better said: the main focus is
> not the tool itself but the modelled business. That's the reason why I would
> move it to this 'business unit' rather than creating a new one.

But we're looking for a direct match between the PMC, its community,
and the cared-for code.

Infra and Legal (and Commons and Maven) have very different alignments
between those three things. A TLP constructed just for RAT will align
all elements, and will (hopefully) provide us with a long-term
community to care for the codebase. Placing it under the stewardship
of a PMC or a VP Infra/Legal who has many other concerns pretty much
asks for it to become ignored over the long haul.

It is *very* true that Infra, Legal, and (all?) ASF PMCs will be
clients/users of the tool. But are they interested in its development?


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