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From Mike Kienenberger <>
Subject Re: What is the legal basis for enforcing release policies at ASF?
Date Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:33:20 GMT
On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 6:23 PM, Gavin McDonald <> wrote:
> So what do we do about all the rc1|rc2|rcx ,alphas, betas and Milestone
> ‘releases’ that are on our official mirrors right now?
> (Because they would have been voted on as a ‘’release’’ for the projects to
> put them there in the first place)

"Release" means different things in different contexts.  An ASF
release is a product that a PMC has vetted to meet ASF release
standards (builds from source, APL2 licensed) and has made available
to end-users in our download services.  This use of "release" deals
with legal and "can-be-modified" promises made to the end-user.

Various ASF projects also use "release" to mean something different --
a community-approved product that has a certain API and typically has
no known issues.  This use of "release" generally deals with technical
aspects of the project, such as stability and reliability.

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