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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: graphviz as a potential apache project
Date Sun, 03 Jun 2018 19:01:36 GMT

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> On Jun 3, 2018, at 9:03 AM, Nick Kew <> wrote:
>> On 3 Jun 2018, at 16:29, wrote:
>> Hi All
>> I received this request from Stephen so am forwarding to the general incubator mailing
list for discussion and any suggestions for options.
> I don't know enough about the project to comment on that.
> Just to say, if it's to become an Apache project, I'd expect to see its community
> approach our community.  One project individual approaching one ASF individual
> is hopefully a one-off, 'cos it's not how projects work at Apache.  Though I expect
> Stephen is evaluating an option, which is just fine.
>> We are looking for a more stable institutional home for Graphviz.  Apache seems like
>> a great match. Is this possible?  How is a decision like that made?  I’m not sure
a mature
>> project like this fits the incubator model. Are there other ways?
> Many mature projects go through the Incubator.
> What discussions have you had within your project community?  Probably the
> single most important criterion for you is to have your own community firmly
> on board, and not dragging anyone reluctantly along.  Once you have that, you
> find someone to champion your project within Apache, and submit a proposal.
> Romain wrote:
>> Also it will let Graphviz time to handle the license switch.
> That's the kind of issue that could be quite big.  If it has a long history under another
> license, you may have lots of contributors with a stake in it who would have to agree
> to the re-licensing.

The project is licensed as Common Public License  [1] which is Class B. [2] It will take some
work to relicense.



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