What is the PPMC?

The Podling Project Management Committee (PPMC) is the government of the project. It consists of ASF mentors and initial committers. The committee is responsible for the project and decides what to do and which direction to go.
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How to participate?

First of all you have to think how you want to participate as we have different kind of roles like user, developer, committer. The easiest way is to use what we build as user. If you want to improve parts of the software, or documentation, write to our mailing lists what should be modified and how it should be done.

The following are conditions to become a committer:

  1. You have sent in patches that were well-respected to improve the software.
  2. You have added documentation to the Wiki or website that were well-respected to improve the non-code part of the project.
  3. You have shown that you can discuss in the mailing lists and that this has brought us forward.
  4. You are well known to the established members, who you are and what you have done in the past. Regarding this project, a former-one or another project.

If 1 of the 4 statements above are true, then you can be voted in as committer.

When the vote result is positive, you will be asked for some information to setup your committer status.
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I was invited/voted as committer, so whats next?

The following is a brief summary of what to expect as committer:

  1. After your (individual Contributor License Agreement (iCLA) has been received and registered, you will be invited to specify one or more preferred Apache user names.

    The e-mail address you provide in your iCLA will be used for the following communications with you.

    Please note that there is also a Corporate Contributor License Agreement (CCLA) if you want/have to commit in the name of a company or organization.

  2. Choose one or more user name(s) that would be acceptable to you. These are short names or abbreviation that will be used for a Unix account login.

    Your name is "John Doe", so an ID could be "johnd" or "jdoe". Here you can see if the ID is still free or already given to another committer.

    Supply all other information that is requested. Return the ID requests as instructed.

  3. When your choices are returned, the first request that does not conflict with an already-issued ID will be used to generate an Apache ID. Write them in the order you would like to have, so the first one is the most wanted.

  4. You will receive an e-mail, from "", that confirms the Apache user name for you and also provides you with an initial password. There are also instructions for changing your password. Please be patient as this mail can take some days.

  5. The ID will also be your Apache e-mail address. Note that the account will be set up to forward all received mails to the e-mail address you supplied on your iCLA. It is not a normal mail account but just for forwarding. After you have the account there is also a way to associate your Apache e-mail address with additional e-mail addresses that you have. (ToDo: Add a link to a how-to)

  6. The ID and password will allow you to check in changes and new additions on the Apache SVN repository for the ODF Toolkit incubator repository. The ability to check in material on the SVN repository is important for more than code. All committers will have an use for it.

  7. The ID and password will allow you to login to a personal Unix account on the Apache server "". You can produce a personal website at this account as well as use it as a regular Unix (specifically, FreeBSD) account. You do not need to be able to use this account. You may find it useful as you become more accomplished as a committer.

  8. Being a committer also grants access to some non-public resources and mailing lists. There are details in the private committers SVN tree.

See the Guide for new committers and the Committers' FAQ for more information.

How and when to vote?

Voting is done when a formal decision has to be made or due to legal reasons, e.g., to vote in new members as committers. In any case avoid voting as the normal way is to come to a decision by discussions. The initiator is responsible for the vote, that means also to count the votes and present the result. Every member has 1 vote.
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