[OpenStack Foundation] Updating the OpenStack Mission Statement

Boris Renski brenski at mirantis.com
Fri Feb 12 00:19:11 UTC 2016

Since we've decide to embark on this journey of changing the mission
statement, we better introduce a mission change that can at least be viewed
as a credible attempt to help OpenStack in a meaningful way. Alternatively,
let's leave it alone. Cosmetic changes we are contemplating to broaden the
mission further don't help OpenStack in my opinion.

For instance, we all know that the container ecosystems have been spinning
their stories in a way that poses a threat to OpenStack. This is also a lot
of valid criticism around "all things to all people". There is also AWS has
won and OpenStack is just for NFV thing. How can we use this "change of
mission exercise" as an opportunity to address at least some of those

I want to this mission change to be a wake up call for action. I.e. change
it in a way where people will turn their heads and say "ah-ha, OpenStack
board sees the problems and changed the mission statement to help address

I am frustrated that whatever changes we are discussing here boil down to
superficial semantic adjustments that won't really move the needle or be

On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 3:43 PM, Allison Randal <allison at lohutok.net> wrote:

> On 02/11/2016 06:04 PM, Boris Renski wrote:
> > Does anybody share a concern that the current mission statement is a bit
> > too generic and broad?
> >
> > Once this mission statement is published, I can see headlines "OpenStack
> > will fail because it aims to be all things to all people. Updated
> > mission statement confirms it's inevitable doom."
> >
> > Can we explore options to tighten it up?
> The mission of OpenStack is broad, and this draft revision of the
> mission statement accurately captures it.
> This draft is actually substantially tighter than the current mission
> statement, because it clearly restricts key aspects of the desired outcome.
> Allison
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