[OpenStack Foundation] Updating the OpenStack Mission Statement

Sean Dague sean at dague.net
Tue Feb 2 11:06:01 UTC 2016

On 02/01/2016 04:41 PM, Allison Randal wrote:
> On 02/01/2016 03:50 PM, Doug Hellmann wrote:
>> The "and progressively evolve" seems superfluous. That's part of how we
>> would produce OpenStack, and so I think we can trim the statement a bit
>> by removing it.
> My understanding of the discussion was that the main point to add was
> "embracing a diversity of technologies", essentially making it clear
> that the Big Tent approach is a core part of OpenStack's mission. The
> "rapid evolution" part was more along the lines of expressing a desired
> outcome of Big Tent.
> I tried working "technical diversity" in several different ways, and all
> seemed to make the statement obtuse and impenetrable. Better to be clear
> and crisp.

While the Big Tent is important, I don't think it's actually part of our
mission statement. It's our current form of execution which helps cover
the needs of public / private clouds.

>> I'm not sure "that meets the needs of public and private clouds"
>> is targeting the right object, grammatically. Clouds don't need
>> things. People who deploy, operate, and use clouds need things.
>> I prefer the "serving the cloud users' needs" phrasing rather than
>> "easy to use", both because it actually mentions people and because
>> ease of use is only one of many needs a user may have.
>> So, I propose:
>>   To produce the ubiquitous Open Source Cloud Computing platform
>>   that meets the needs of users and operators of public and private
>>   clouds of all sizes by being simple to implement, massively
>>   scalable, and interoperable.

+1 this is really good. I think it's important distinction that clouds
don't need anything, but users and operators do.


Sean Dague

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