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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Anything we can do about premature redistribution?
Date Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:33:17 GMT
On Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 10:23 AM, J├╝rgen Schmidt <jogischmidt@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/7/14 4:21 PM, Oliver-Rainer Wittmann wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> On 07.03.2014 15:22, Rob Weir wrote:
>>> Evidently we're already released, on some websites at least:
>>>
>>> http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Office/Office-Suites/Apache-OpenOffice-253.shtml
>>>
>>>
>>> How much do we care about this?   The risk, I suppose, is on
>>> Softpedia, that we could find a last-minute defect in the NOTICE or
>>> other legal files, and they find themselves distributing a package
>>> that is not correct.  But the practical risk there is small.
>>>
>>> The greater risk is to users, that we find a last-minute fatal bug
>>> that causes us to cancel the vote, but there are versions of the
>>> Release Candidate still floating around.  That can hurt the AOO
>>> reputation if that happened.
>>>
>>> I'm not sure we can prevent this from happening, and still have an
>>> open and transparent voting process.  But maybe there is something we
>>> can do to discourage it?
>>>
>>
>>
>> softpedia is not the only one:
>> - http://www.chip.de/downloads/OpenOffice_14324674.html
>> - http://www.computerbase.de/downloads/office/
>>
>
> I think we can create a blog explaining the voting procedure and make
> clear where we are in the process and that it is the RC of the Beta only.
>

Or maybe a disclaimer in the voting thread email?   Next time we could
say something like:

"Note:   All Apache releases require a vote of the PMC lasting at
least 72-hours.  We do not officially release until after that vote
has concluded.   We appreciate the enthusiasm of our users and 3rd
party distributors and their efforts to publicize our releases and
share them with a broader audience.  But we ask that you do not
publicize a release until the vote has concluded and the vote results
posted.  This is for the safety of the users.  It is always possible
for a last minute defect to be reported in a Release Candidate causing
us to cancel an in-progress vote.  in fact this has occurred before.
So be safe and wait for the release process to conclude."

I'm guessing that they hear about the RC from the email list, not the
wiki, so it might make sense to put a message like this in the vote
email.

-Rob


> But I don't know if this would really help to avoid confusion.
>
> Juergen
>
>
>>
>> Best regards, Oliver.
>>
>>> -Rob
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