[OpenStack Foundation] Linux Foundation as an inspiration

Thor Wolpert thor at wolpert.ca
Sat Jan 14 16:37:40 UTC 2012

Based on discussions from a few months past, I thought the model was
more going to be like the Apache foundation.  A governance body,
project meritocracy and the ability allow and guide incubator projects
either into full core products, combine with another core project or
suggest valid alternatives.

It already maps so closely to many of the other needs/wants under
OpenStack, that I thought that would be a shoe-in.

What's changed?

On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM, Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> wrote:
> Hey,
> This article was re-tweeted by the OpenStack twitter account:
>  http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/241213/openstack-steps-towards-its-foundation-future
> (I'm guessing that it must be somewhat accurate if it was re-tweeted :-)
>  "Interestingly, Collier said the mission statement of the OpenStack
>  Foundation was influenced by the mission statement of another such
>  organization.
>  The Linux Foundation's mission was a inspiration for the theme of the
>  mission statement," Collier said. Some elements of the Linux
>  Foundation's mission statement fit well for the OpenStack Foundation,
>  he said."
> I'd see the Linux Foundation as a radically different organization from
> what I'd like to see for the OpenStack foundation e.g.
>  - the Linux project is completely independent from the Linux
>    Foundation, the latter is just there to support and promote the
>    former
>    the project has a benevolent dictator who decides a release
>    schedule, where the code repositories live, what the policies of
>    the project are etc.
>    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
>  - individual Linux contributors aren't members of the foundation.
>    Membership is split into gold/silver/bronze classes depending on
>    how much you pay
> So, could someone highlight which elements of the Linux foundation wiki
> are a good fit for OpenStack?
> Thanks,
> Mark.
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