[Samba] [proposal] Samba Software Foundation

Michael H. Warfield mhw at wittsend.com
Wed Dec 15 21:59:50 GMT 2004

On Wed, Dec 15, 2004 at 03:18:48PM -0600, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Dec 2004, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:

> | dear samba users and developers,
> |
> | i'd like to put to you a proposal for your respectful
> | consideration: it is an idea that i believe has
> | strategic merit for the open source community and OS
> | users as a whole.

> The possibility of such a foundation to support and
> promote the Samba community has been discussed and
> considered in the past.  I should point out however,
> that by his own choice Luke Leighton is no longer an
> active participant in the Samba development community.

	I have to agree here very strongly.  No matter how
you feel about his "proposal", it was presented in an inapproprioate
maner and off topic for the list.  As others have pointed out, this
has been discussed in the past.  The team decided otherwise.  This
would be something which the team should discuss and decide on.  Instead,
it was put forth as a unilateral proposal with no attempt toward
discussion with the team itself, who, ultimately, must decide.  I'm
sure this was NOT the way the Apache Foundation was established.  Not
by blindsiding the entire active development team.  It was a long and
complex proposal that would take a LOT of discussion, not a simple
presentation of "here it is" fait accomply...

> Luke and others have created a fork, which is known as
> Samba-TNG (http://www.samba-tng.org), of the Samba code
> in October, 2000.  Our stance has always been supportive
> of Luke and the Samba-TNG developers.  See

> 	http://www.samba.org/samba/tng.html

> However, given that Luke is no longer a developer
> on Samba, it is off-topic for him to propose a
> organizational change to a OSS project with which
> he is no longer associated.

> cheers, jerry
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