TLP Proposal Submitted
Mahout to Become Apache Top-Level Project?
Potential benefits of making Mahout a Top-Level Project include the ability to introduce several subprojects that wouldn't be appropriate Lucene subprojects, and the ability to narrow Mahout's focus to Machine Learning only. The negatives, include the loss of the Lucene brand association, and various administrative hassles, such as changing the mailing lists.
The discussion can be followed at the Mahout mailing list.