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Re: [] Eclipse Development Process 2018

I tend to think of Top-Level Project as a specialization of Project. We actually (for now) have one Top-Level Project (BIRT) that is basically just a Project at the root level. In the more general sense, a Top-Level Project does have resources and so has a concept of committers; in the general case, a TLP could have code, but (with that one exception), none do.

"Project" is that it's a bit of an abstract notion. I can point to a team of committers, or reference a Git repository. How do a I point to a Project? e.g., a website, or a PMI page isn't a "Project". I do think that it is an "organizational unit" in that it provides a means of talking about all the sorts of things that a project has and does in the aggregate, but I can see how that might be limiting.

Ultimately, I think that it's primarily about the people. Project is, I think, a notion that binds a team of Committers working together with a common goal (that's why I injected the word "Scope").

I tried to include a link to the Bug where we started this discussion but had a little trouble with my mail software yesterday and--apparently--failed miserably.


On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 3:04 AM Mickael Istria <mistria@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 5:24 AM Wayne Beaton <wayne.beaton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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.

Do project include Top-Level Projects?
Should we mention as a constraint that a project is expected to produce and maintain content (source or specification material at least) that's developed by a dedicated team of developer?
What does "primary functional unit for open-source development" mean? I don't find it explicit enough to be worth being put in the documentation, and I think we could remove it.
Also, what's the value of the "dedicated" term here? It seems to me it could easily be mis-interpreted (at least in French, one could read that those developers are dedicated -spending the vast majority of their time- to the project, or that the project has a dedicated team which can sound like it's a not-so-open team that's not really looking for growth).
About the "using infrastructure and services provided by the Eclipse Foundation", I think it's also misleading as we enable GitHub and TravisCI for instance. I'd suggest something like "Projects are allowed to use the Eclipse Foundation infrastructure and services".
Maybe we can explicitly say "Projects activity is governed by the project team applying the Eclipse Development Process."

According to the answers, I'll try to make a PR.

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.

I've suggested some changes in (made directly a PR here as I don't have deeper questions).

> 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.

Like Dani said in last call, I don't think requiring a face-to-face meeting to vote that is very fair, as many member won't attend; and I also don't think it's really an agile process. De-materialization just works and it's basically something all our employers try to sell to their customers so we'd better believe in it. Why can't we have an electronic vote when ready? It's way less constraining and takes much less time.
I don't really buy the argument that such AC votes have to happen face-to-face, while other votes in various councils (or even at the Board) can happen electronically by email.
I'll be attending the conference, but I usually have some other meetings that take priority over AC chat. So it's highly probably I don't attend this specific meeting.

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