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From Tim Ellison <>
Subject Re: Bypassing Incubator
Date Wed, 10 Jun 2009 10:04:52 GMT
Niclas Hedhman wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 5:01 AM, Gavin <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> So, can someone tell me what the rules are regarding TLPs bringing in
>> subprojects directly to their TLP rather than coming through incubator?
> To add to Bill's response, the general position is;
> 1. Any substantial codebase needs at least IP Clearance in Incubator,
> which is effectively just a record of where/when/how it came from, and
> an opportunity for Incubator PMC members to have a look and make sure
> that there is no flagrant IP issues.

I never understood this part.  Why is the Incubator PMC any more
qualified to decide if incoming code contains a "fragrant IP issue" than
the destination TLP PMC?  After all, the TLP PMC are doing that check
continuously for the day to day contributions received.

I agree that more eyes are better, but then it would not be the
Incubator PMC specifically that could catch such problems.


> 2. If there is no additional 'community', for instance a single
> developer contributing the work into a project, and if the TLP PMC is
> comfortable to take on that codebase with or without such contributor
> as new committer, then that is Ok.
> 3. If the TLP is not interested in taking ownership of the codebase,
> but there are people within the TLP who are interested, then we
> recommend Incubation for the codebase+community even if the community
> is effectively just exising Apache committers (example Ace).
> Cheers

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