[OpenStack Foundation] Linux Foundation as an inspiration

Mark Collier mark at openstack.org
Fri Jan 13 18:09:24 UTC 2012

Well said. 

The linux foundation comment was just meant to be a tip of the hat for the clear writing style on that page. This stuff is hard to put into words and I found a lot of inspiration in others' work. 

Thanks to everyone that attended the webinar!  We'll get the recording up. 

Lloyd Dewolf <lloydostack at gmail.com> wrote:

>On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM, Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> wrote:
>>    OpenStack clearly doesn't (yet) have such a dictator (benevolent or
>>    otherwise) so I had assumed the foundation board would assume
>>    ultimate responsibility for the project, but delegate a lot of it to
>>    a PPB or technical steering committee or the PTLs
>Terms like "ultimate responsibility" and "delegate" in this context
>make me a little uncomfortable.
>The foundation's role needs to be protect, promote, and support the
>OpenStack community, and otherwise get out of the way of the
>participants designing, coding, and creating supplemental. Anything
>else is artificial and constraining, and a sure path to forks.
>I'm thankful that the current mission statement draft says about the
>same thing: "The OpenStack Foundation is an independent body providing
>shared resources to help achieve the OpenStack Mission by Protecting,
>Empowering, and Promoting OpenStack software and the community around
>it, including users, developers and the entire ecosystem."
>Reading http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about it's easy to see how the
>Linux Foundations work could have influenced the OpenStack mission
>Particularly when it comes to the presented "Responsibilties" for the
>OpenStack Mission, I'm hoping in implementation that the development
>related responsibilities are loosely coupled to the foundation, or I
>maybe I should say roles and elections facilitated by the foundation
>-- that the best participants are in each role with transparent
>sponsorship directly from member organizations. This is a natural
>Best regards,
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>Foundation at lists.openstack.org

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