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From Craig Russell <>
Subject Re: Publishing container images for Apache Spark
Date Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:39:51 GMT

I think your summary is spot on. I don't see further issues.


> On Jan 11, 2018, at 9:18 AM, Erik Erlandson <> wrote:
> Dear ASF Legal Affairs Committee,
> The Apache Spark development community has begun some discussions <>
about publishing container images for Spark as part of its release process.  These discussions
were spurred by the upstream adoption of a new Kubernetes scheduling back-end, which by nature
operates via container images running Spark inside a Kubernetes cluster.
> The current state of thinking on this topic is influenced by the LEGAL-270 Jira <>
which can be summarized as:
> * A container image has the same legal status as other derived distributions
> * As such, it is legally sound to publish a container image as long as that image corresponds
to an official project release
> * An image that is regularly built from non-release code (e.g. a 'spark:latest' image
built from the head of master branch) would not be legally approved
> * The image should not contain any code or binaries that carry GPL licenses, or other
licenses considered incompatible with ASF.
> We are reaching out to you to get your additional input on what requirements the community
should meet to engineer Apache Spark container images that meet ASF legal guidelines.
> The original dev@spark thread is here:
> LEGAL-270:
> <>

Craig L Russell
Secretary, Apache Software Foundation <> <>

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