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Re: Apache Fundation.

From: Gavin Baumanis <gavinb_at_thespidernet.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:40:28 +1100

Hi Peter and Greg,

Thanks for the replies.
Sounds like a great move then! - Congratulations to all involved.

Gavin.

On 11/11/2009, at 10:37 , Peter Samuelson wrote:

>
> [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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