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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

6 responses to “OpenStack Foundation: Dear OpenStack, I Want You To Succeed”

  1. Robbie Williamson

    I agree with you, but would point out that a meritocracy approach still doesn’t keep companies with money from controlling the project, the only difference is that instead of just forking over cash….they fork over paid developers who can dictate project direction based on the interests of the company.

  2. Mark Collier

    Krishnan – For reference, the details of the proposed structure are here: http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/Structure and the proposed funding model can be found here: http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/Funding

    With respect to Josh’s proposal, my understanding is that it would set a fee of $200k/year for anyone that wanted to participate on the board of directors at the foundation. In contrast, the proposal model I link to above has 1/3 of the board elected at large from the community, 1/3 elected from amongst a group of companies providing a lower level of funding, and only 1/3 appointed.

    It is also critical that we not fall into the trap of thinking that sitting on a Foundation Board of Directors is in any way a requirement for participating in OpenStack. Quite the opposite! For starters, the code is apache 2 licensed so the barriers to use the software are miniscule, and the restrictions on what you can do with it are likewise very open. Second, the technical direction of the projects are set by the developers working on those projects, NOT by the Board of Directors. Those projects are also led by Project Technical Leads (PTLs), who are elected by their peers who work on those projects.

    Hopefully this provides some added clarity on the proposed funding model, and also puts into perspective the discussion of how the Board of Directors may be selected and their role in the grand scheme of things.

    Happy to discuss further if you’d like.

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