[OpenStack Foundation] OpenStack Mission & Goals

Jay Pipes jaypipes at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 16:00:29 UTC 2011

On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM, Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> During the town hall meeting at the Conference, lots of different people
> raised the need to define the OpenStack mission as the very first step
> to setting up a Foundation.
> I tend to agree that defining the OpenStack goals helps, in turn, to
> define the Foundation scope (what should the foundation actually own,
> see prior thread), which is rather critical in deciding the best setup.
> That said, I'm not sure there can be lazy consensus in the "community"
> around OpenStack goals. Some value-add partner will prefer if OpenStack
> Core projects don't enter his space (restrict goals), while some public
> cloud provider might prefer a wider ecosystem (expand goals).
> So this discussion on "what is OpenStack and what is not" might have to
> happen after the Foundation is set up and you have boards with the
> responsibility to decide and vote on that...
> Thoughts ? Should the egg happen before the chicken ?

I think a discussion about what OpenStack is and isn't should
definitely be had before the Foundation is set up. Otherwise, I
imagine people will view the Foundation as being some sort of Wild
West land grab, where companies are trying to shape what OpenStack is
by fiat or by trying to buy control.

Just a thought,

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