CFV: New OpenJDK Committer: Martin Balao

Mario Torre neugens.limasoftware at
Thu Jun 28 12:30:59 UTC 2018

Hi Volker,

I see your point, but I think this needs to be taken as a general
guidance and decided on a case by case basis, as it has been discussed
over and over. We should be looking instead at the quality of the
current contributions and what they mean to the general development of
the project rather than counting numbers. Or we can keep pushing
patches for Martin if you prefer, he's going to hit the 8 mark in 3
patches, then we can propose the nomination gain and the process will
be happy for the sake of being a process... We all agree here that
Martin is not only qualified, but he is a contributor that is doing
significant work in the area of security and cryptography for OpenJDK,
don't we want that?

Then again, if you prefer we can wait a few months and see what
happens... And no, I'm not saying this because he's a colleague at Red
Hat, a similar issue was raised a few months ago for an Oracle
developer, similar in all respect, including concerns, but then common
sense prevailed.

This entrance barrier is a necessary training, but if someone shows
commitment and value in the work they do it doesn't have to be
strictly at the eight contribution mark. It can be five or ten too.
Generally you want to respect an higher number of contributions when
you are uncertain of the quality and steadiness of the developer, but
doesn't make a lot of sense in this case for me.


Il giorno gio 28 giu 2018 alle ore 08:43 Volker Simonis
<volker.simonis at> ha scritto:
> Hi Andrew,
> I totally agree that we need more OpenJDK developers in the security
> area and I'm sure Martin is a perfect fit for this role.
> But the process document [1] clearly states that a "Contributor should
> make at least eight significant contributions to that Project before
> being nominated". From the references you've provided I can only see
> five changes contributed by Martin. I'd therefore like to kindly ask
> you to withdraw this CFV and postpone it until Martin has reached at
> least the required minimum number of contributions.
> Sorry for nit-picking, but I think we should all play by the same rules.
> Best regards,
> Volker
> [1]
> On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 5:05 PM, Andrew Hughes <gnu.andrew at> wrote:
> > I hereby nominate Martin Balao (mbalao) to OpenJDK Committer.
> >
> > Martin has already produced a number of valuable contributions to
> > OpenJDK [0], particularly in the security area, and has more pending review.
> > In an area that seems low on OpenJDK developers, I think we should
> > do our best to support such work.
> >
> > Votes are due by 17h00 UTC on the 11th of July, 2018.
> >
> > Only current OpenJDK Committers [1] are eligible to vote on this nomination.
> >
> > Votes must be cast in the open by replying to this mailing list.
> >
> > For Lazy Consensus voting instructions, see [2].
> >
> > [0]
> > [1]
> > [2]
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