CRT advocates and OpenSolaris sponsors need to read this and respond.
In an effort to open up the OpenSolaris sponsor program and share the
workload, the following is being proposed.
Let us know if you are completely unwilling to take on the extra
dimension of partnering with someone periodically.
We will take silence as agreement.
Please respond by Noon PDT Tuesday, 2005-Oct-25.
NOTE: The sponsor-signup at opensolaris.org email alias is in the process
of being set up.
Becoming an OpenSolaris Sponsor
There are three tiers of sponsors for OpenSolaris:
1. CRT advocates
2. middle-tier sponsors
3. everyone else
For details about what all sponsors need to do, see:
The three tiers:
- The advocates are the most senior; for how they are selected, see:
- The non-advocate "middle-tier" sponsors are, well, in the middle: some
experience  is required, and some in this tier may be "in training"
to become advocates, though many are just helping out as needed. The
complete list of these top two tiers can be found at:
- The remaining group, "everyone else", consists of everyone who has not
yet met the experience requirement for the middle tier, or for
whatever reason is unable or unwilling to mentor less experienced
engineers on a regular basis. Engineers in this group may still
sponsor external contributions, but they must partner with an advocate
or middle-tier sponsor.
How to become a middle-tier sponsor:
- Determine whether your experience falls in the ballpark .
- Read the details at the locations cited above.
- Send email to sponsor-signup at opensolaris.org saying that you have
read the information and are willing to perform the tasks.
How to partner with an advocate/middle-tier sponsor:
- Contact someone on
with your request.
- If you have problems finding a partner, send email to
sponsor-signup at opensolaris.org.
 How much experience is enough? As with most things in life, it
depends. :-) Our ballpark metric is 10 successful putbacks to
an ON gate, and note that putbacks done in the role of sponsoring
an external contribution count towards this goal. But not all
putbacks are equal, and judgement is key, so exactly how much is
enough will vary, and will be left to the judgement of the CRT
chair in conjunction with other CRT advocates.