We think the following includes the results of last week's discussion
about the third tier of sponsors functioning as interns.

Primary updates are to the description of the third tier.  The proposal
is also noted to be specifically about sponsors for O/N consolidation
contributions since not all consolidations will necessarily use the same

Please see if this proposal seems workable moving forward.

Replies by Friday, Nov 4, appreciated.


John and Bonnie

Becoming an OpenSolaris Sponsor for the O/N Consolidation

There are three tiers of OpenSolaris O/N sponsors:

1. CRT advocates
2. middle-tier sponsors
3. interns

For details about what all sponsors need to do, see:


The three tiers:

- The advocates are the most senior.  For information about how they are
  selected, see:


- The non-advocate, "middle-tier" sponsors are in the middle: some
  experience [1] 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 engineers in these top two tiers can be found at:

- Interns are engineers who have not yet met the experience requirement
  for the middle tier.  Engineers in this group must have made at least
  one successful putback to the current O/N development gate within the
  six months preceding their work on an external contribution.

  An intern acts mostly as an observer to the process and handles the
  internal mechanics of integrating the contribution: build, test,
  putback.  Interns work with a request owner who is the primary
  contact for the external developer.  The request owner is someone in
  one of the other two tiers.

How to become a middle-tier sponsor:

- Determine whether your experience falls in the ballpark [1].
- 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 become an intern:

- Be sure you meet the criteria noted above.
- Contact someone on
  asking to pair with an owner for the external request.
- If you have problems finding an owner with whom to work, send email to
  sponsor-signup at opensolaris.org.

[1] How much experience is enough?  As with most things in life, it
    depends.  :-)  Our ballpark metric is 10 successful putbacks to
    an O/N 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.

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