[OpenStack Foundation] OpenStack Mission & Goals

Cole Crawford Cole.Crawford at nebula.com
Thu Oct 20 16:03:28 UTC 2011

On 10/20/11 9:00 AM, "Jay Pipes" <jaypipes at gmail.com> wrote:

>On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM, Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org>
>> 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,


I agree 100%!
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