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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject What does 'project sponsorship' mean now?
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:31:30 GMT
A thread on the subject of EasyAnt highlighted some perplexity for me,
and I think that it deserves a thread of its own.

Once upon a time, the Foundation had a set of 'Umbrella projects'.
These were PMCs that managed a collection of 'sub-projects', each
considered a relatively independent community.

A few years ago, the board concluded that this wasn't working, and
asked the umbrella projects to fission. At this time, that process is
pretty nearly complete.

It seems to me that the concept of 'project sponsorship' of podlings
is left over from the days of umbrellas -- a podling sponsored by an
umbrella would graduate as a subproject of the umbrella.

If this logic is correct, then it would seem that project sponsorship
is no longer relevant, and we could remove it from documentation.

Either a podling is going to become a TLP, in which case project
sponsorship is irrelevant, or it's going to merge into some existing
TLP, in which case I claim that the TLP could handle the process
without the overhead of a podling at all. We have an IP clearance
process, and TLP's are free to create sandboxes in source control and
grant commit karma to them as a means of integrating an incoming


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