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From Andreas Hartmann <>
Subject Re: proposal: modify incubation application process to require a reference to the code itself
Date Fri, 09 Jul 2004 07:58:01 GMT
Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> In walking through the incubation documents (helping a couple of groups 
> who have asked me about how to do this) it struck me that there was no 
> requirement that the proposal provide a link to download and evaluate 
> the code around which a project is being proposed - in fact it appears 
> the code itself could be kept secret until project acceptance into the 
> incubator.

I'd like to express a concern about this. I think the decision about
incubation should not depend on the code. When a the idea / goals /
concepts of a project can attract developers, they would certainly
be interested in improving the code base. Couldn't it even be
possible to re-build the code base from scratch?

Is it really useful to require a certain quality standard already
in the beginning of the incubation process?

Just my $0.02 ...

-- Andreas

> It seems to me that any honest assessment of the merit of 
> accepting a proposal should include a look at the code itself, if only 
> to get a gut-check on how maintainable and evolveable that codebase 
> might be going forward.  Many proposals have provided just such a link 
> despite it not being required.  Requiring it would also avoid the 
> situation where someone says "if Apache approves it *then* I'll release 
> the code".

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