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Re: Apache Fundation.

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 17:37:36 -0600

[Gavin Baumanis]
> Any chance I can bother someone to indulge me for a second and let me
> know what are the benefits of, and reasons for changing?

Very briefly, running a project such as Subversion involves:

- A lot of infrastructure - websites, repositories, build farm, bug
  tracker, lists, etc. And of course staff to look after it all.

- An entity to donate money to, and a way to decide how to spend it

- A legal entity to hold the Subversion trademark, and other IP

- Some way to get legal advice from time to time

- Someone to organize conferences and things like that

(Of course much of this is optional if your project is small enough.)

While most of our infrastructure is donated by CollabNet, for the rest
of these things, the Subversion Corporation was launched some years
ago. The problem is, running a corporation is a lot of overhead,
especially given the rather small tangible benefits you get from it.
Someone has to hold meetings (where you try and make quorum), run
votes, file taxes, apply for and maintain government non-profit
status, and so on. We have officers who work hard at this, but it's
unpaid work that I don't think any of them actually enjoy.

The ASF, once the move is completed, will provide pretty much all of
the above for free. Other umbrella organizations were considered but
the ASF seemed to be the best fit.

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