[OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] Use of the word "certified" and protecting brand OpenStack

Lloyd Dewolf lloydostack at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 16:36:39 UTC 2012

On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM, Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 2012-10-11 at 16:15 -0600, Alan Clark wrote:
> > Using such mechanisms ensure the proper enforcement of our marks while
> > allowing the community to productively focus on and/or evolve the
> > standing trademark policy and procedures while avoiding community
> > strife and ill will through an onslaught of opinions towards any one
> > person(s) or companies.
> That there is a mechanism in place does not mean that some we should
> discourage open debate amongst Foundation members about how we like to
> see our brand used and promoted.
> I don't see this thread as "community strife and ill will" or "an
> onslaught of opinions". I think most of the opinions offered were
> actually totally reasonable and measured.
> Sure, the initial tone Tristan used may have been a little over the top
> and there wasn't enough assumption of good intent, but let's put that
> down to folks being passionate about OpenStack.
> Put it another way - individual directors are elected to serve the
> individual members. This mailing list is a great way (and maybe the only
> way) for individual directors to get input from the members they
> represent.

Agreed all around.

In fairness to Tristen, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to spark
collaboration on curriculum and certification -- huge  opportunity to
correct course on. Also, Rackspace has had at least three (high profile)
accidents related to (their own) published OpenStack Trademark Guidelines
in the last year.

Best regards,
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