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Subject: Re: [boost] Boost 2.0 ideas (was Re: Boost is supposed to serve *the entire C++ community; it isn't Boost's goal to serve Boost's c
From: Stefan Seefeld (stefan_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-05-20 12:14:39

On 20.05.2016 11:55, Peter Dimov wrote:
> Stefan Seefeld wrote:
>> So my counter-proposal (which I have repeatedly voiced over past
>> years) would be to let Boost evolve into an *umbrella organization*
>> with a relatively high degree of autonomy for *member projects* to
>> decide for their own on things like what infrastructure tools to use
>> (to build, test, document, to track issues and feature requests,
>> etc.), so long as certain quality standards are maintained.
> And what will this umbrella organization actually *do*?

* provide general guidelines (just as now, but relaxed)
* provide infrastructure
* provide administrative, financial, and perhaps legal support
* do reviews to accept new member projects

Please note that there is one important condition that such independence
would build upon: A discipline of ABI- and API-compatibility between
releases, that allows downstream project B to depend on upstream project
A while keeping its own release cycle. Note that, while likely being the
most difficult aspect of this proposal, it's something that we have been
discussing for a long time, and which would be good engineering practice
anyhow, and would benefit every single user, and thus is worth striving for.

That little detail aside (yes, I'm kidding), I'm not proposing any
*radical* changes, and certainly not any additional tasks. Just an
evolutionary way forward that I think would benefit everyone, in
particular member projects (which would be allowed to evolve and
flourish, undisturbed from any pointless discussions), and end-users,
who would benefit from both more stability as well as more energy put
into the components they want, without being bothered by the components
they do not care about.


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