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On Sun, Jun 05, 2011 at 05:15:38PM +0300, Simos Xenitellis wrote:
5. You are happy to get going with 20-30 core developers.

In order for a podling to graduate from the Apache Incubator and become a
"top-level" Apache project, it must demonstrate that it has a healthy
community which will ensure the long term viability of the project.  The
Incubator PMC will not vote to approve graduation unless:

  * The project has enough contributors to keep it going.
  * The contributors are diverse enough that the project can withstand the
    withdrawl of any single entity.

Entry into the Incubator has a lower criteria.  An Incubator podling does not
need to start with a diverse community, nor does it need to start with a large
one.  It just has to persuade the Incubator PMC that it has a good shot.

The essential need for the Apache Foundation involvement in this appears to be
so that IBM can continue to offer a proprietary product, IBM Lotus Symphony,
License Agreement at

The Incubator has been provided with a draft proposal, which is looking good.
Multiple members of the Incubator PMC have already stated that they do not
believe there is any reason to deny the OOo podling entry into the Incubator.
The proposal is consistent with the ASF's mission, and though there is much
work to do, the podling looks like it will get off the ground.

Apache is a "do-ocracy" -- the people who contribute the most to a project get
the strongest say in a project's governance.  It would be difficult for
someone on the Incubator PMC to look at what is before them and decide that
they must obstruct it.

Marvin Humphrey

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