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Greetings Architecture Council.

Please see attached the most recent version of the updates to the EDP for 2018. I've used a little diff wizardry to produce a "redline" document that shows the changes. The diff is a bit wonky in places, but I believe that it gets the point across.

I have a one-liner that I'm going to apply to apply pseudo-legal capitalization to the defined terms in the document (e.g. "Release Review" in all occurrences instead of "release review"). I haven't applied that yet.

Also, the diff had real trouble with the diagram change that I added, so diffs aren't properly highlighted on the second diagram. I will likely replace the first diagram with something that's more consistent with the way the second diagram (and the diagrams in the handbook) are rendered.

The source is all here.

I have two (fundamental) definitions that I'm struggling with. Any help that you can provide will be appreciated.

A Project is the primary functional unit for open source development, with a dedicated team of developers that work within the bounds of a well defined Scope using infrastructure and services provided by the Eclipse Foundation.

A Release is a specifically identifiable set of artifacts that are collectively assigned a durable tag in source control and distributed in a semantically versioned durable form of that collection intended by the developers of the project for third-party use.

The definition of Release in particular feels more cumbersome than it needs to be. Note that these definitions don't necessarily need to be complete: the rest of the document fills in the details. I'm really just looking for a once-sentence definition.

Note that the EDP itself should be agnostic of any specific technology, or notion that the EDP is specifically about "software" (e.g. specifications are not software).

I'm also thinking of adding "Adopter" and "User" as terms.

Comments welcome. Random thoughts that might spur conversation that leads to valuable changes are also welcome.

I intend to push out an update on Monday afternoon that includes the pseudo-legal capitalization, updated project structure diagram, and other minor tweaks after I make another pass. My hope is to push out a final draft on Wednesday.

Please provide any feedback or concerns as soon as possible. In order to get this in front of the Board of Directors for approval, we'll need to vote on it during our meeting at EclipseCon Europe next week. If you can't attend the conference, please let us know of any concerns



Wayne Beaton

Director of Open Source Projects | Eclipse Foundation, Inc.

Meet us at EclipseCon Europe 2018: LUDWIGSBURG, OCTOBER 23 - 25

Attachment: Eclipse Development Process 2018.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

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