The Apache Software Foundation exists to provide legal and technological infrastructure for open source projects. By and large, the Foundation leaves it to the project communities to define their development process. There are some constraints resulting from the fundamental legal umbrella held by the Foundation. For the Foundation to protect contributors, projects must respect the rules regarding IP management and releases. A more interesting set of constraints, however, stems from the Foundation commitment to Open Source software development as a communal process. Apache projects are communities, and some of the few pan-Foundation norms exist to ensure transparent, fair, collegial, decision-making processes.
The two pillars of the Apache community model are mailing lists and consensus process.
The mailing list policy is simple enough. Community decisions must be reached on the mailing list. This allows anyone in the community, whatever their location or time zone, to participate.
The goal of consensus is make decisions that are acceptable to everyone in the group. Acceptable, not ideal. For a consensus to work, all the participants must willingly balance personal views with the good of the group. Anyone can block consensus -- but blocking consensus is not a choice that anyone takes lightly.
When an Apache Project Management Committee needs to make an important, binding, hard-to-reverse decision,
such as declaring a release, it holds a vote. Members vote -1, 0, or 1.
Any member of the committee can block consensus by voting -1, and adding an explanation.
In Apache we favor community over code, meaning it is more important to have a vivid community than to have the newest hottest code (unless the community want to have that)
Unlike many Apache projects, we are not a community of people who have worked together for a long period of time.
The current community come from different part of the world, different open source projects, different knowledge.
We share a common vision of making Corinthia a big success. This is your chance, you will find a community where your
word is taken just as serious as any other. We try to marked Corinthia at openSource events:
- ApacheCON EU 2014 (Budapest) is over but Louis and Peter gave 3 excellent presentations
- FOSDEM 2015 (Brussels 31 january - 1 february), Jan will give a presentation saturday afternoon
- ApacheCON Us 2015 (Austin, Texas 13 - 17 April), Jan will give a presentation
If you pass by any of these events, please stop by and ask any questions you might have