When the OpenStack community was formed in July, we outlined a number of key principles centered around a commitment to Openness. Now you may notice that the word “open” is applied to just about everything these days, right up there with “cloud”, so when you set out to create an “open cloud” it’s important to spell out just what that means.
We defined what “open” means to OpenStack on the wiki in detail, but here are the highlights for reference:
Open Source (not open core) with appropriate license (in our case, Apache 2.0 which is OSI approved, GPLv3 compatible, and DFSG compatible)
One of our key deliverables in keeping with this commitment was to publish a Governance process shortly after the establishment of the community, and to ensure that the process outlined contained active involvement and representation from the community. The process is now documented in full on the wiki but I will mention a couple of key points here.