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Re: [] RE: [cross-project-issues-dev] Galileo Must-do's

Title: Re: [] RE: [cross-project-issues-dev] Galileo Must-do's
Hi Martin,

Many of the things we’re requiring are just good Eclipse citizenship items that all projects should be striving for anyway.  Globalization effort is not only about larger companies or commercial adopters.  At least 2 of the 3 communities that all Eclipse projects are supposed to support require this for worldwide consumption.   I see these as Eclipse entry requirements, not only as train requirements.   See non-code aspects listed on the Release Review checklist:

I can imagine a larger company contributing to a smaller project to get it up to snuff if they are consumers of the project and require it for a commercial product, for example.  But, I doubt you’ll find a willingness to contribute for the sake of getting projects on the release train.  Instead, we’ll likely just see smaller projects falling off the train, or the respective project leads growing their project team to meet the requirements, and in the process, improving the overall quality/success of their project.


On 11/14/08 7:16 AM, "Oberhuber, Martin" <Martin.Oberhuber@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Richard,

I fully agree with what you say. I second the idea that participating in the train may cost something, because you also gain from it. I agree that we need rules in order to keep consistent as we grow.

But I do see a potential problem here:

The PC is comprised of a single representative of each PMC. These representatives are typically from the larger companies, who can
afford sponsoring Eclipse to a larger extent (by providing PMC personnel, expensing for travel to Face-to-face-meetings etc).

These larger companies are also the ones who are interested in globalization, and as a matter of fact many of the must-dos have
to do with globalization: String externalization, Babel, ICU4J just to name few.

Now by means of the Train, smaller projects (sponsored by smaller companies) get forced to invest in globalization although they would
normally not need that because they might be interested in English-only versions of their products based on Eclipse. It almost seems
that the larger companies (represented on the PMC's and the PC) take the Train as a vehicle to have smaller projects do work that only
they benefit from.

I'm in favor of Rules that can be argued to improve the Eclipse Architecture and consistency of the projects. I like Capabilities, UI Guidelines, Branding, Build, Execution Environment, OSGi, New&Noteworthy, Ramp-down-plan, Orbit. I can also understand Accessibility as a social responsibility and quality signal of Eclipse. But for rules that cannot be argued like that, I think that those who need or gain from a rule (the large ones) should also pay for it (by contributing to the smaller projects).

Again, I'd like to encourage everyone interested to participate in my poll: <>

Martin Oberhuber
, Senior Member of Technical Staff,
Wind River
Target Management Project Lead, DSDP PMC Member



From:  cross-project-issues-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx  [mailto:cross-project-issues-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of  Richard Gronback
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2008 12:32  PM
To: Cross project issues
Subject: Re: [cross-project-issues-dev]  Galileo Must-do's

Each year, we raise the bar a little on release train  participation.  As I recall, the main bar-raising items are capability  definitions and New & Noteworthy pages.  These didn’t seem too  drastic by members of the PC that agreed to them, but maybe we were wrong (I  certainly hope not).

And to be clear, nobody is forcing anyone to do  anything.  Participation on the Release Train is voluntary, but comes at  the cost of agreeing to release at a higher bar than what is normally required  for releasing as a non-train project.  There’s not a whip involved here,  but a carrot.  If you’d like to be on the train, there is a cost, that’s  all.

- Rich

On 11/14/08 5:01 AM, "Thomas Hallgren" <thomas@xxxxxxx> wrote:

I miss the good old days when Open Source  communities were based on the contributions that they got, where the  contributors were heroes, and the quality of the resulting product were the  product of their goodwill and skill. I find that participating in the  Eclipse release train nowadays involves efforts that are somewhat  overwhelming and that I, instead of adding valid functionality to the areas  where I contribute, am forced to implement requirements that brings much  less benefit to the intended user base.

I think that when a central  management stipulates this many requirements for individual projects,  there's a high risk that all the fun is taken out of it. As a contributor,  and even as a project manager, I loose control. I no longer decide what's  important in my own domain. I no longer prioritize what to do with the time  I spend on the projects. Someone else does. A lot of the motivation is  thereby lost, replaced with a whip that forces me to comply with a strict  set of rules. Was that the intention? I don't think so.

Don't get me  wrong, I can see that there are benefits in having a common set of  requirements. I just think it's a tad too much  now.

Thomas Hallgren

Schaefer, Doug wrote:  
It'll be  interesting to see what happens when we get to the Release Review and find  few of us actually did all the must dos. Unfortunately, the must do's  didn't come with additional contributions and I can't seem to pull any out  of my, uh, never mind. I see Doom ahead unless a Christmas miracle  happens.




From: cross-project-issues-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx  [mailto:cross-project-issues-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx]  On Behalf Of Anthony Hunter
 Sent: Thursday,  November 13, 2008 10:20 PM
 To: Cross project  issues
 Subject: Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] Galileo  Must-do's


Hi Team,  with respect to the questioning of the capabilities as a "must  do":
and  further comments should go on  
Anthony Hunter mailto:anthonyh@xxxxxxxxxx
Software  Development Manager: Eclipse Open Source Components
IBM Rational  Software: Aurora / GEF / GMF / Modeling Tools  


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