[fdo-internals] Re: OSGeo FDO SVN Write Access

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Thu Jul 26 12:21:04 EDT 2007

Jason Birch wrote:
> And unless they already work for a company who has a contribution
> agreement, that should be obtained before allowing access.
> I'd guess that ideally we'd want to see community involvement (patch
> submissions, mailing list and IRC participation, etc) from the user
> before we allow commit rights.  This project and MapGuide are a bit
> different than community-centric projects; typically I think that ADSK
> employees have just been given commit access as necessary.  My worry
> about this is that we then have a bunch of committers who aren't
> involved in the community.  It's pretty hard to build the community when
> a large portion of the work is being done by "faceless" individuals.  My
> personal take on this is that this situation makes non-ADSK members feel
> "external".


I agree that new ADSK committers also need to go through the approval process
and that there is more to it (committer agreements, etc) than I noted.  The
Fogel book for instance was quite clear on the importance of "insiders"
needing to prove their chops before getting committer access for instance.

Of course, existing commiters are all effectively grandfathered as far as

Incidentally, I don't think I've signed a committer agreement.  I don't know
about Haris, Mateusz and Zak.  I think the PSC does need to address this
(normalizing our committers legal status) as part of the incubation process.

Best regards,
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