GNU Compiler Collection - Governance
Commentary from the Oekonux mailing list (Stefan Merten?):
"The GNU Compiler Collection (http://gcc.gnu.org/) is a huge project, with many participating commercial entities, and a lot of commercial end-users.
The heterogeneity of the involved interests, as well as the sheer size of the projects requires good project management.
Thus, there is
- a steering comittee, which tries to coordinate all the involved
- a release manager, who sets up a release schedule, and generally, a
formal development plan ( http://gcc.gnu.org/develop.html)
- a list of 'maintainers' for the various modules, with various responsabilities and rights.
There are a number of commercial entities involved in the development of GCC (such as Apple, CodeSourcery, Google, IBM, RedHat), but there are also a substantial number of contributors who work on it in their spare time."