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From Mark Struberg <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Drop incubating requirement of Maven artifacts
Date Mon, 02 Jan 2017 17:36:41 GMT

It makes it clear that those artifacts are not yet stable ASF projects yet (legally + community).
If a project is well setup and mature then it should do incubation in under 6 months, isn't?

Any for any other project I find it quite ok to know what you get.

Please also check the discussions from back then when we introduced this policy (for a good


> Am 02.01.2017 um 18:22 schrieb John D. Ament <>:
> All,
> I'm calling to vote on a proposed policy change.  Current guide at [1]
> indicates that maven artifacts should include incubator (or incubating) in
> the version string of maven artifacts.  Its labeled as a best practice, not
> a requirement and is not a policy followed on other repository management
> tools (e.g. PyPi).
> I therefore push forward that the incubator will cease expecting java-based
> projects to publish artifacts with "-incubating" in the version string,
> with the understanding that:
> - Incubating is a term used to refer to a project's stability, not a
> release's stability.  It is generally understood that incubating projects
> are not necessarily immature, but may have a potential of failing to become
> a TLP.
> - Podling releases are endorsed, the podling itself is not endorsed.  We
> will not approve releases that are blatantly against ASF policies.
> [ ] +1 Drop the -incubator/-incubating expectation of maven projects
> [ ] +/0
> [ ] -1 Don't drop because....
> [1]:

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