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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Incubating java projects
Date Thu, 22 Dec 2005 03:47:03 GMT
On Tue, Dec 20, 2005 at 11:16:13AM -0800, Alan D. Cabrera wrote:
> Dumb question, is it a requirement that the incubating project move to 
> the org.apache package? 

I would say "yes".

Consider five years down the road. The pre-Incubator life of a project
is a distant memory at that point. You're going to confuse the heck
out of users if the namespace is *not* org.apache.

I believe that an incoming project better have a *very* strong
rationale for sticking to their pre-Apache namespace. A reason that
can last five years. Ten years.

An example for consideration: "It will hurt our users" is valid, but
how many and how badly will it hurt them? Can projects that use the
old namespace just stick to the old codebase? If they want new stuff,
then couldn't they just update their references?


Greg Stein,

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