[openssl-project] platforms: what do the different "classes" mean?

Tim Hudson tjh at cryptsoft.com
Wed Jan 10 22:32:17 UTC 2018

If you and or Matt are actively supporting it then it is "Secondary".
If someone who is non-OMC, non-committer steps forward to say they will
support it then it is Community.
Otherwise it is Unknown (unless we plan to deprecate it).

I have no problem with you and/or Matt and/or any OMC or committer stepping
forward to place Cygwin in the Secondary status.
But if you want it in Community then a community member has to step forward.

Although I do see that you could elect to make it Community because you
support it but not "actively" - although that wasn't the intent at all -
either a team member is supporting it or a community member is.
It wasn't intended to be a second-class level of team support.


On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 8:17 AM, Richard Levitte <levitte at openssl.org>

> Reading the platform policy (https://www.openssl.org/
> policies/platformpolicy.html),
> the classifications seems fairly clear.
>     Primary: well defined
>     Secondary: at least one team member actively supports
>     Community: one or more member of the community supports
>     Unknown: we have no idea what the status is
>     Deprecated: to be removed later on
> And yet, we're bickering over what status Cygwin should have in PR
> #5043 (https://github.com/openssl/openssl/pull/5043).  Why is that?
> I'm guessing that we don't quite agree what "actively supports"
> means.  Is the "active" part about declaration (someone solemnly
> declaring "I will support Cygwin"), or is it about action and
> behavioral patterns (we do know that a few team members look after
> Cygwin, although perhaps not on a daily basis).
> (from my very personal point of view, I'd put Cygwin in the
> "community" category, 'cause even if Matt and I do test OpenSSL on
> Cygwin when we are the ones doing a release, that's also it as far as
> I know...  but this isn't just about my opinion, and when opinions are
> clearly diverging, it's time to ask why)
> Cheers,
> Richard
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