[OpenStack Foundation] Becoming an Open Source Initiative affiliate org

Arkady.Kanevsky at dell.com Arkady.Kanevsky at dell.com
Wed Feb 6 18:56:02 UTC 2019

Putting my Finance committee hat.

Do you know what are OSI expectations on contributions?
◾To make annual contributions towards the running of OSI where possible.


-----Original Message-----
From: Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:53 AM
To: foundation at lists.openstack.org
Subject: [OpenStack Foundation] Becoming an Open Source Initiative affiliate org


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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