[OpenStack Foundation] Becoming an Open Source Initiative affiliate org

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Wed Feb 6 15:53:27 UTC 2019

Hi everyone,

Over the past year, the definition of "open source" has been under 
attack, as some enterprises wanted to change the licensing of their 
software while continuing to reap the benefits of calling it open 
source, or at least being confused with open source.

That makes the work of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) more important 
than ever. They have been the steadfast guardians of that definition for 
over 20 years, approving software licenses that were following the 
definition, while informing people and discouraging license proliferation.

This is very much in line with the OpenStack Foundation objectives, so 
I'd like to propose that the OpenStack Foundation becomes an affiliate 
organization of the OSI. Other open source foundations, like the Mozilla 
Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Linux Foundation, Python Software 
Foundation or Perl Foundation are already affiliates.

You can learn more about the process at:

Does anyone have concerns with that, before we proceed ?

On a personal note... I think that today, open source is necessary, but 
not sufficient: we also need to define standards on how open source 
software is built, not just how the resulting software is licensed. 
However that work cannot happen unless we base it on a strong open 
source definition, and participating as an OSI affiliate would give us 
opportunities to have those new standardization discussion at that level.

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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