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RE: [] A suggested topic forPlanningCouncil Discussion

I might just be reiterating what's been said regarding this topic already, but anyways:
The benefit of a coordinated release is to (1) be a reliable vehicle of milestones for
commercial product planning, and (2) make it easy for end-users to get any
participating project X together with all its dependencies.
I think that in order to facilitate growth, projects should be able to join for the
sake of (2) without too much difficulties.
With respect to more difficult higher-level requirements like UI consistency,
integration testing etc. I think it all comes down to who is willing to pay the
resources required to do that. If company X integrates projects a,b,c then
they should be encouraged to do the integration testing early, report bugs
or even participate as committers in some of the projects they are consuming.
If it turns out that more companies are interested in such integration testing,
they might end up setting up an Open Source project for integration testing
given combinations of projects. Or if, on the other hand, an existing project
is interested in being well integrated with others, then they might want to
contribute resources in such integration testing.
I think that the balance of powers in a free-market economy should
eventually help finding the proper resources for all those efforts. And the
planning council, as the round table of those powers, should help fostering
such collaborations more quickly.
The important point, though, is that especially for small projects who are
willing to participate, the pressure of requirements should not be too high.
That's why I like the idea of a two-tier approach: (a) participating projects
and (b) participating, validated projects if you will.
Currently, the validation phase (tier b) is only available from commercial
companies selling integrated products or distributions. If validation is to
be moved from commercial into Open Source that's ok but it's not a
must; and especially, it should not exclude projects from the (tier a)
coordinated release as such.

Martin Oberhuber
Wind River Systems, Inc.
Target Management Project Lead, DSDP PMC Member


From: [] On Behalf Of David M Williams
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 6:43 AM
Subject: Re: [] A suggested topic forPlanningCouncil Discussion

I'd like to suggest or remind the Planing Council members review the minutes from our last meeting in June, before our meeting on Tuesday.
especially the section on
Europa Retrospective; Ganymede Thoughts

I found them interesting and helpful.

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