[OpenStack Foundation] Linux Foundation as an inspiration

Mark Collier mark at openstack.org
Sat Jan 14 16:55:20 UTC 2012

Dont read too much into the linux foundation comment. I just liked the clear writing style on their page, that's it. 

Thor Wolpert <thor at wolpert.ca> wrote:

>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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