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[Xen-API] Please welcome Jan Beulich as Xen committer & revisions to Xen governance
Dear Xen developers,
I wanted to announce that Jan Beulich has been nominated for as Xen
Hypervisor committer and confirmed by vote by the other Xen committers
(which are Keir Fraser, Tim Deegan and Ian Jackson).
Jan has made a tremendous contribution to the project over the years and
was was one of the top 3 contributors to the project for several years.
Just to quote a few stats
- 2009 : 107 patches changing 11746 lines of code
- 2010 : 147 patches changing 7613 lines of code
- 2011 : 204 patches changing 2655 lines of code
I do have to apologize that we did not entirely follow the new
governance process as described at
http://www.xen.org/projects/governance.html due to an oversight. The
nomination and vote was meant to happen in public, but has happened in
private amongst the existing committers. We will do better next time.
This exercise has also shown some bugs in the process which need fixing.
Bugs in the Process
Committer vs. Maintainers: The process talks about maintainers as if
they were committers and mixes some aspects of both roles. This is
- Split the role into two
- What is a maintainer?
- A maintainer owns one or several component in the Xen tree
- A maintainer reviews and approves changes that affect their component
- Note that some components will be owned by several maintainers (in
that case consensus
decision making applies)
- Election: new maintainers are nominated and voted for by other
- What is a committer?
- A maintainer with write access to the code tree
- The committer acts on the wishes of the maintainers and applies
by the respective maintainer(s).
- Helps resolve disagreements between maintainers of the same
component should they arise
- Election: new committers are nominated and voted for only by other
- Allow a committer to be a sponsor for a new Xen.org project
- Reflect above changes in Elections
- I believe we should keep "Project Lead Elections" as it is
(We could restrict elections to committers, but in practice
committers will have a
much higher chance to be elected. I believe we should leave things
as they are.)
Please let me know your views, by responding to this thread. If there
are no objections by next friday, Oct 7th, we will just update the
document. And then give another week for additional discussion and the
change will be considered approved.
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