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From Gilles <>
Subject Re: [Math][Numbers] Release(s)? What? When? Who?
Date Sat, 08 Apr 2017 13:12:32 GMT
Hi Rob, and all.

[Your mail arrived a bit mangled with other posts.]

On Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:05:07 -0400, Rob Tompkins wrote:
> > [...]
> You will have to pardon me Gilles, as I have, much like Gary, have 
> been
> quite busy of late. I suppose the main question here should be: of 
> the 101
> open, in-progress, or reopened, jiras, which most need to be in 4.0. 
> Can we
> sort them into two categories, 4.0 and 4.X? Do you mind if I try to 
> make
> some headway in this area? I will continue to read through the issues 
> to
> see wha

[Seems there was something more you wanted to say.]

Whatever you can do to clean up (request for feedback from the issue
reporter, sort issues, ...) is welcome of course.

Let me be clearer (if I can): I do not (and cannot) request that
contributors spend more time than they have at their disposal.
But I would like to know whether the situation is here to stay, i.e.
whether committers have lost interest in helping with CM and related

I recall that I had announced, now almost a year ago, that
1. I do not have the capacity to maintain CM all by myself, and that
    it was/is (IMHO) a disservice to current and future users to let the
    code rot,
2. a viable alternative existed (IMO): more focused components (for
    codes which active contributors could maintain).

AFAIR, the proposal was well accepted by all "new" committers (5 
but not by the majority of PMC members (who spoke out).

Since then, no PMC member has significantly contributed to CM so as to
advance towards a future release of the component as is (in the 

I ask a simple and direct question to all PMC members: Is it now OK
to save the pieces of CM (so that each can be mended at its own pace,
waiting the necessary workforce to do so), or do you prefer that _all_
the code gets less and less relevant (due to bugs or outdated practice
and that the community disappears?

Thanks for your attention,

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