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From robert burrell donkin <>
Subject Re: [Jelly] current and future status?
Date Sat, 03 Apr 2004 13:12:01 GMT
On 1 Apr 2004, at 23:18, korebantic wrote:


>  I've already found out some
> interesting things -- like the original maintainer is
> MIA =/

another thing you're about to discover is that ASF projects are 
organized a little differently from the way you might expect. we have 
developers and committers rather than maintainers. there is no one 
single maintainer for jelly but there are number of developers and 

james has a genius for creating uber cool, innovative ideas for 
software. he's also a really nice guy who's great to work with. 
unfortunately, he has more super cool ideas than time to finish them. 
it's common for james to come along with a great idea and some cool 
code and get everyone excited and the project buzzing. once a project 
seems to have gained a sustainable community, he'll gradually move onto 
new projects and interests.

problems may occur if the community doesn't recruit the developers the 
project needs to transition from a cool experiment to really useful 
tool. jelly lost it's way a while ago when a lot of the people who used 
to work on it became more interested in other projects (such as 
geronimo) but paul's done a good job in getting stuff back on track.

senior committers drifting away is usually not the problem for ASF 
projects that it is for ones organized differently. in fact, this 
happens regularly without ill effects providing that the community is 
healthy and replaces the energy that has been lost.

- robert

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