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From Justin Mclean <>
Subject [MENTORS] IPMC Policy change work in progress disclaimer
Date Fri, 02 Aug 2019 02:25:00 GMT

The work in progress progress disclaimer (DISCLAIMER-WIP) has been added to the IPMC policy
page. [1]

Podlings can now select which disclaimer they want to use. If they want to use the standard
disclaimer then their releases must comply with all ASF policy. If they want the incubator
to be more lenient in voting on their release or know that the release has some issues not
in line with ASF policy then the work in progress disclaimer can be used.

Unless the release is simple and straightforward, I would recommend that a podling uses the
work in progress disclaimer for the first couple of releases.

For what is allowed under the work in progress disclaimer please see this legal JIRA [2].
This allows a lot more in a release but not everything. Certain things are required like having
a LICENSE, NOTICE and DISCLAIMER-WIP, and while it would be OK to include compiled code you
still need to comply with any licensing for that code.

By the time a podling graduates it's expected that they are making releases with the standard

Here is the text of the DISCLAIMER-WIP where the Incubator is the sponsor:
Apache  #Podling-Name# is an effort
undergoing incubation at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF),
sponsored by the Apache Incubator. Incubation is required of all
newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the
infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have
stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects.
While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the
completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the
project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF.

Some of the incubating project's releases may not be fully compliant
with ASF policy. For example, releases may have incomplete or
un-reviewed licensing conditions. What follows is a list of known
issues the project is currently aware of (note that this list, by
definition, is likely to be incomplete): 
#List of known issues go here#

If you are planning to incorporate this work into your
product/project, please be aware that you will need to conduct a
thorough licensing review to determine the overall implications of
including this work. For the current status of this project through the Apache
Incubator visit:

Just fill in #Podling-Name# with your podling name and list the known issues in the correct


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