[OpenStack Foundation] OpenStack core and interoperability

Jim Jagielski jimjag at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 15:03:09 UTC 2013

On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM, Monty Taylor <mordred at inaugust.com> wrote:

> If OpenStack all of a sudden became a
> set of interfaces, then the goal of an Open cloud would, I'm pretty
> certain, become lost.

It really depends on the strength of the community around those

I use the term interface, in this context at least, very loosely. Think of
it more as the set or protocols and standards. In this meaning, having a
default, FOSS implementation, managed by a neutral entity with a real
strong community behind it is *crucial*.

Not to reference Apache httpd again, but the concerns and issues regarding
an "Open Cloud" is not so much different than the "old" days of an "Open
Web". During those times, there was *significant* incentive for externals
to drive the web, to create their own "version" of the web. AOL tried it,
and it was the availability of Apache, as well as the huge amount of
community around Apache and its status as a reference implementation that
allowed us back then to stop AOL's efforts in their tracks. You can find
similar parallels in other areas as well.

Let's not think that OpenStack is sooooo unique that it has nothing that
can be learned by others who came before. Isn't that what true Open Source
is about?
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