OpenJDK governing board, constitution
frans at meruvian.org
Thu Jan 8 07:55:10 PST 2009
so what is the different between this and JCP :)
7 board are they sun's staff??
On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 10:47 PM, Andrew Haley <aph at redhat.com> wrote:
> Mark Wielaard wrote:
>> On Wed, 2009-01-07 at 19:15 -0800, Neal Gafter wrote:
>>> The OpenJDK governing board, having had its life extended by a year,
>>> is now scheduled to dissolve in four months, with two of its non-Sun
>>> positions remaining unfilled. The last published meeting minutes were
>>> from April 2008, at which it was agreed that the GB would strive for a
>>> draft Constitution by the end of 2008.
>>> Who are the seven members of the governing board? Can we please see
>>> the minutes of meetings after April, and get a status report on the
>> Good questions, and I don't know the answers.
>> May I ask a meta-question in return though?
>> What do we really expect from the governance board?
>> While it has been completely missing in action for the last half year, I
>> cannot say I have actually missed it. Things do seem to happen anyway.
>> What kind of issues do we as hackers really have that could be solved by
>> having an active governance board and a "constitution"?
> gcc itself is a model. The steering committee only gets involved in
> political matters and appoints maintainers. The maintainers control
> all the aspects of gcc itself, including features and releases. In
> theory the steering committee could resolve deadlocks between
> maintainers, but that has AFAIAA never happened. Most gcc maintainers
> don't ever have to deal with the steering committee. The steering
> committee makes sure that policies to do with freedom and licensing
> are followed. It negotiates with the FSF when problems involving
> free sofwtare policy arise.
> So, the less the steering committee does, the better. An active OpenJDK
> governance board and a "constitution", it hopefully would not have affected
> our work at all. Their job is to keep out of the way of the people
> doing real work. They've been doing this quite well.
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