[OpenStack Foundation] Becoming an Open Source Initiative affiliate org

Mohammed Naser mnaser at vexxhost.com
Wed Feb 6 15:57:23 UTC 2019

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 10:54 AM Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org> wrote:
> 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:
> https://opensource.org/affiliates/about

I think this is great and sits well within the values that we worked hard
to build over the past few years within OpenStack.

FYI, don't forget to select "Affiliate Scheme" :)

> 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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