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Re: The future of the Subversion book

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 09:10:15 -0400

On 09/05/2018 04:49 PM, Mark Phippard wrote:
> Assuming the PMC wanted it, is it possible for the book to be
> contributed to this project and hosted in the Apache SVN repository?
> Many people seem to post questions and issues in these mailing lists
> as if it is part of the project anyway so maybe we ought to just
> make this the reality. I guess what I am saying is, before we gauge
> opinion on whether we want to bring this into the project, my
> question is whether there are any blockers that prevent this on the
> book side from being an option? Such as copyright or licensing
> issues that make it not possible. It feels like this has been
> discussed in the past and there were reasons it was kept separate
> from the project even after the publishing of the book by O'Reilly
> was in the past, but I no longer recall them.

Honestly, I think the book belongs with the PMC. It is easy to imagine a
day when a developer is expected to provide at least rudimentary
documentation updates in the same commit that carries his or her new
feature or behavioral change.

The book carries a cc-by-2.0 license, with Ben, Fitz and myself named as
the copyright holders. I suspect that in order to be absorbed by the
PMC, that licensing would have to change to an Apache License. Does that
mean that the three primary authors would need to officially re-license
it somehow? Or maybe it's a software grant to the ASF (rather like
Subversion itself was)?

I don't know.
Received on 2018-09-06 15:22:24 CEST

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