I see that this is a proposal that originates, basically from IBM.

I have an issue, based on past history, related to IBM's continued
efforts and dedication on ASF projects. I will not mention specific
projects, but the ASF has a number of projects which died (or
almost died and only were revived via super-human effort) when
IBM decided to switch gears and no longer support the project.

Now most of all this was our fault: the whole intent of Incubation
and the Apache Way is to prevent dependence on a single person
or entity: diversity means being able to continue, in a healthy
way, should someone (or some-thing) decide that the project is
no longer for them.

Considering all this, I would hope and expect that this podling
take extra steps to ensure that we don't get "burned" again...

PS: Nothing against IBM of course: being a business, their strategy
    is wont to change, and we cannot (and should not) "fault" them
    when such a strategy change adversely affects a project. My
    only point is that, based on past experience, we should simply
    recognize that IBM dropping their support/resources on this
    project at some point is a very real, statistical possibility,
    and be serious in our efforts in ensuring this podling/project
    can and will survive that.

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