I am sending this note on behalf of
the DSDP-PMC, since they are still in the process of picking a successor
for Doug Gaff to represent them on the Planning Council.
Sequoyah  is a re-packaging and expansion
 of the Project previously known as TmL .
TmL was in Galileo, but with all the
transition and transformation into Sequoyah their builds were not ready
Eric Cloninger kept me informed of their
status and outlook since December of last year, so this isn't as "last
minute" as it might appear. Its been known for a while, plans in place,
etc. and if anything, their lack of a representative these past few months
is the reason for no earlier communication to the council (not, anything
to do with the Project itself).
From a business perspective, there are
several justifications for allowing this exception:
1) The charter change was to allow a
unified place for mobile application development to occur, which is one
of the growth areas for Eclipse
2) The project now contains the code
behind Eclipse Pulsar (Eclipse Mobile Industry Working Group) that has
an EPP Package.
As I have stated before, I would like
to abstain from these Exception Votes, to make sure you, the Planning Council,
are fully on board, take responsibility for the content of the Simultaneous
Release, and avoid your tendency just to do as I say (ha ha). So, I'll
be looking for 3 +1 votes to consider this "approved". Please
indicate your approval, or not, by a response to this planning council
list. Since a full one week delay would interfere with getting M5 done,
I've told Eric he can take steps to get in the build, as long as he is
willing to revert, if it turns out there are objections
or a lack of support.