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

Justin Santa Barbara justin at fathomdb.com
Fri Mar 16 17:47:21 UTC 2012

I think there are incredible similarities here to the drafting of the US
constitution, and I mean that in a positive way.  Much wiser men than us
solved a much harder problem, so perhaps we can borrow some of their ideas:

1) There are two voting classes: one in which bigger members have more
power, another in which each member has equal say.  Both have to agree, so
neither group can abuse the other.
2) Even this can go wrong, so there is another group who can nullify any
decisions that are contrary to the project ideals.
3) The actual day-to-day work is done by a separate group of people

(Wearing my "Citizens for a Constitutional OpenStack" hat.  If we draft
something based on this notion, maybe Piston can provide suitable costumes.)

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM, Dave Neary <dave at neary-consulting.com>wrote:

> Hi Gil,
> On 03/16/2012 04:43 PM, Gil Yehuda wrote:
>> Let me make a suggestion. There are many participants here who
> > represent a variety of interests, some are in large companies, some in
> > small, some academics, some purist technologists, etc. Rackspace
> > perceived and articulated the need to create a legal entity because of
> > feedback from the community that OpenStack will do better if it is
> > disconnected from one vendor. They listened and are in middle of the
> > lengthy and complex process of doing this. We should appreciate their
> > investment in this activity.
>> The community can help. Let's focus on forward progress. We all have
> > concerns that we hope the foundation will address. Let's articulate
> > them explicitly as risks (in a list, on a wiki).
> Wise words. I agree that we need to start cataloguing the various concerns
> and risks people have, as well as alternative proposals that have been
> articulated. A logical step after that, IMHO, is for Mark and Jonathan to
> synthesise the results of that into a new draft for the foundation scope
> and relationship with the developer and contributor community.
> It definitely feels like the conversation is getting circular at this
> point, with the same points being made multiple times. The time has come to
> condense all that and modify the initial proposal (or go back to the
> drawing board) based on all the feedback.
> Cheers,
> Dave.
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