[OpenStack Foundation] Foundation Structure: An Alternative

Jonathan Bryce jbryce at rackspace.com
Sun Mar 11 21:11:49 UTC 2012

On Mar 11, 2012, at 9:38 AM, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> In the proposed structure, the Foundation is ultimately in complete
> control of the project just as Rackspace is now. It is not analogous to
> the separation between Linux project governance (i.e. Linus) and its
> evangelism (i.e. the Linux Foundation).

If you look at the structure document, yes, the Board has ultimate legal authority, but the Technical Committee is independent and can change its structure and policies on it's own. We don't explicitly lay it out in the Structure summary (other than saying Governance is one of the policies that would require a 70% supermajority to change), but as we move into drafting the details of Bylaws, I'd suggest we put process protections in place that would set a very high bar for any of those changes to be made. Alice King has already had some thoughts around this and other process details that will need to be in the Bylaws. I don't think it requires two completely separate organizations if the proper protections are in place. Ultimately we are one community (almost all the largest code contributors all work for companies who are also the largest funders and sponsors of community activities), and as you pointed out the combined effect has been pretty powerful to date and I wouldn't want to lose what's working as we transition.


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