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33<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">An &quot;old-school&quot; metastructure proposal with &quot;boot for being a slacker&quot;</td> 29<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">An &quot;old-school&quot; metastructure proposal with &quot;boot for being a slacker&quot;</td>
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37<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Last-Modified:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0039.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2005/09/01 16:31:57</a></td> 33<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Last-Modified:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0039.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2008/06/05 20:27:30</a></td>
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39<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Grant Goodyear &lt;g2boojum&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;, 35<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Grant Goodyear &lt;g2boojum&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;,
40Ciaran McCreesh &lt;ciaranm&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;,</td> 36Ciaran McCreesh &lt;ciaranm&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;,</td>
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42<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Accepted</td> 38<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Accepted</td>
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48<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">01-Sep-2005</td> 44<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">01-Sep-2005</td>
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50<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">01-Sep-2005</td> 46<tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">01-Sep-2005, 09-Feb-2006, 12-Oct-2007, 19-Jan-2008</td>
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55<div class="contents topic" id="contents"> 51<div class="contents topic">
56<p class="topic-title first"><a name="contents">Contents</a></p> 52<p class="topic-title first"><a id="contents" name="contents">Contents</a></p>
57<ul class="simple"> 53<ul class="simple">
54<li><a class="reference" href="#status" id="id2" name="id2">Status</a></li>
58<li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li> 55<li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id3" name="id3">Abstract</a></li>
59<li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id3" name="id3">Motivation</a></li> 56<li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id4" name="id4">Motivation</a></li>
60<li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id4" name="id4">Specification</a></li> 57<li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id5" name="id5">Specification</a></li>
61<li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id5" name="id5">Rationale</a></li> 58<li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id6" name="id6">Rationale</a></li>
62<li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id6" name="id6">Copyright</a></li> 59<li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id7" name="id7">Copyright</a></li>
63</ul> 60</ul>
64</div> 61</div>
65<div class="section" id="abstract"> 62<div class="section">
63<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" id="status" name="status">Status</a></h1>
64<p>Implemented. GLEP amended on 09 Feb 2006 to add the final bullet point to
65list B in <a class="reference" href="#specification">Specification</a>.</p>
66</div>
67<div class="section">
66<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1> 68<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" id="abstract" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
67<p>GLEP 4 is replaced with a new &quot;metastructure&quot; that retains established 69<p>GLEP 4 is replaced with a new &quot;metastructure&quot; that retains established
68projects (and makes new projects easier to create), but adds a new &quot;Gentoo 70projects (and makes new projects easier to create), but adds a new &quot;Gentoo
69Council&quot; to handle global (cross-project) issues.</p> 71Council&quot; to handle global (cross-project) issues.</p>
70</div> 72</div>
71<div class="section" id="motivation"> 73<div class="section">
72<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1> 74<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" id="motivation" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
73<p>The Fosdem and subsequent reform proposals shepherded by Koon are thorough, 75<p>The Fosdem and subsequent reform proposals shepherded by Koon are thorough,
74extremely detailed, and somewhat complicated. They have a lot of good ideas. 76extremely detailed, and somewhat complicated. They have a lot of good ideas.
75For many who have been with Gentoo a long time, though, there's just something 77For many who have been with Gentoo a long time, though, there's just something
76about them that they don't really like. More than a few Gentoo devs are 78about them that they don't really like. More than a few Gentoo devs are
77almost entirely uninterested in metastructure as long as it doesn't get in 79almost entirely uninterested in metastructure as long as it doesn't get in
122obvious TLP belong to the &quot;base&quot; TLP by default).</li> 124obvious TLP belong to the &quot;base&quot; TLP by default).</li>
123<li>There is nothing at all to ensure that project leads actually do 125<li>There is nothing at all to ensure that project leads actually do
124represent the devs they supposedly lead or satisfy their 126represent the devs they supposedly lead or satisfy their
125responsibilities. Indeed, should a TLP manager go AWOL it is not at 127responsibilities. Indeed, should a TLP manager go AWOL it is not at
126all obvious how the situation should be resolved.</li> 128all obvious how the situation should be resolved.</li>
127<li>Nothing is being decided at global scope right now. Some TLP strategic 129<li>Nothing is being decided at global scope right now. Some TLP strategic
128managers rarely attend the managers' meetings, and the managers as a 130managers rarely attend the managers' meetings, and the managers as a
129whole certainly are not providing any sort of global vision for 131whole certainly are not providing any sort of global vision for
130Gentoo right now.</li> 132Gentoo right now.</li>
131<li>Even if the strategic TLP managers were making global decisions for 133<li>Even if the strategic TLP managers were making global decisions for
132Gentoo, the TLP structure is such that almost all devs fall under 134Gentoo, the TLP structure is such that almost all devs fall under
142or devs that have gone inactive.</li> 144or devs that have gone inactive.</li>
143<li>Bugs that cut across projects often remain unresolved.</li> 145<li>Bugs that cut across projects often remain unresolved.</li>
144<li>GLEPs often linger in an undetermined state.</li> 146<li>GLEPs often linger in an undetermined state.</li>
145</ol> 147</ol>
146</div> 148</div>
147<div class="section" id="specification"> 149<div class="section">
148<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" name="specification">Specification</a></h1> 150<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" id="specification" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
149<ol class="upperalpha"> 151<ol class="upperalpha">
150<li><p class="first">A project is a group of developers working towards a goal (or a set 152<li><p class="first">A project is a group of developers working towards a goal (or a set
151of goals).</p> 153of goals).</p>
152<blockquote> 154<blockquote>
153<ul class="simple"> 155<ul class="simple">
165<li>Not everything (or everyone) needs a project.</li> 167<li>Not everything (or everyone) needs a project.</li>
166<li>Projects need not be long-term.</li> 168<li>Projects need not be long-term.</li>
167<li>Projects may well conflict with other projects. That's okay.</li> 169<li>Projects may well conflict with other projects. That's okay.</li>
168<li>Any dev may create a new project just by creating a new page 170<li>Any dev may create a new project just by creating a new page
169(or, more realistically, directory and page) in 171(or, more realistically, directory and page) in
170<tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">gentoo/xml/htdocs/proj/en</span></tt>.</li> 172<tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">gentoo/xml/htdocs/proj/en</span></tt> and sending a Request For Comments
173(RFC) e-mail to gentoo-dev. Note that this GLEP does not provide for
174a way for the community at large to block a new project, even if the
175comments are wholly negative.</li>
171</ul> 176</ul>
172</blockquote> 177</blockquote>
173</li> 178</li>
174<li><p class="first">Global issues will be decided by an elected Gentoo council.</p> 179<li><p class="first">Global issues will be decided by an elected Gentoo council.</p>
175<blockquote> 180<blockquote>
195<li>The 'slacker' marker is reset when a member is elected.</li> 200<li>The 'slacker' marker is reset when a member is elected.</li>
196<li>If any meeting has less than 50% attendance by council members, a new 201<li>If any meeting has less than 50% attendance by council members, a new
197election for <em>all</em> places must be held within a month. The 'one year' 202election for <em>all</em> places must be held within a month. The 'one year'
198is then reset from that point.</li> 203is then reset from that point.</li>
199<li>Disciplinary actions may be appealed to the council.</li> 204<li>Disciplinary actions may be appealed to the council.</li>
205<li>A proxy must not be an existing council member, and any single person
206may not be a proxy for more than one council member at any given
207meeting.</li>
200</ul> 208</ul>
201</blockquote> 209</blockquote>
202</li> 210</li>
203</ol> 211</ol>
204</div> 212</div>
205<div class="section" id="rationale"> 213<div class="section">
206<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1> 214<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" id="rationale" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
207<p>So, does this proposal solve any of the previously-mentioned problems?</p> 215<p>So, does this proposal solve any of the previously-mentioned problems?</p>
208<p>1. There is no longer any requirement that the project structure be 216<p>1. There is no longer any requirement that the project structure be
209complete. Some devs work on very specific parts of the tree, while 217complete. Some devs work on very specific parts of the tree, while
210some work on practically everything; neither should be shoehorned into 218some work on practically everything; neither should be shoehorned into
211an ad-hoc project structure. Moreover, it should be easy to create new 219an ad-hoc project structure. Moreover, it should be easy to create new
238current system it does. With this proposal it wouldn't.</p> 246current system it does. With this proposal it wouldn't.</p>
239<ol class="arabic simple" start="8"> 247<ol class="arabic simple" start="8">
240<li>This proposal has nothing to say about GLEPs.</li> 248<li>This proposal has nothing to say about GLEPs.</li>
241</ol> 249</ol>
242</div> 250</div>
243<div class="section" id="copyright"> 251<div class="section">
244<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1> 252<h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" id="copyright" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
245<p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p> 253<p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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