[OpenStack Foundation] [Openstack] Foundation Structure: An Alternative

Mark Collier mark at openstack.org
Fri Mar 16 14:45:13 UTC 2012


Doug Hellmann <doug.hellmann at dreamhost.com> wrote:

>On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM, Jim Jagielski <jimjag at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM, Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org>
>> wrote:
>> > Jim Jagielski wrote:
>> >> OpenStack will turn into a business consortium made up of large,
>> >> well-financed companies, who will determine the course and direction
>> >> of the so-called "open source projects" and unless you're able to pay
>> >
>> > I think you're overestimating the power of the Foundation board of
>> > directors over the "open source projects". The current proposal sets up
>> > a separate and independent technical committee, which I'm trying to make
>> > sure is fully elected on a one contributor = one vote basis. Each
>> > project is lead by a technical lead that is elected on a one author =
>> > one vote basis. Those groups very much set the course and direction for
>> > the projects.
>> >
>> > So the technical direction of OpenStack as a whole, and the technical
>> > direction of each project, is very much *not* pay-to-play. It's
>> > participate-to-play.
>> >
>> Then what does the foundation board get out of it...?
>> What's wrong with making the tech-cmmt the actual board, and the
>> proposed foundation board simply "sponsors"?
>> Or "benefactors"?
>There are a lot of different ways to contribute to a big project like this.
>Over at the PSF we have found it very useful to have a separate foundation
>and board made up of people from the community who have an interest in
>supporting the general python community in ways that go beyond writing
>code. The skills (and interests) needed to organize events such as hack
>days, meetups, and conferences and especially deal with subjects like
>copyright and trademark enforcement do not overlap 100% with the skills
>(and interests) of the core developers. The PSF, and its board, provide a
>focus for soliciting and receiving contributions of all sorts from
>*everyone* in the Python community. I would expect the OpenStack Foundation
>to serve a similar purpose in this community.
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