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Tuesday, May 19 • 5:30pm - 6:10pm
OpenStack Governance :: Hierarchies and Bridges

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In its almost five years of existance, OpenStack has grown at an incredible rate into one of the largest open-source projects on the planet. As with any software project - open-source or not - what's ultimately important is the software we produce but yet we must invest much effort into perfecting how we produce it. For a project to scale from dozens of contributors to thousands of contributors, that's especially true.

One aspect of any project's makeup that is fundamental to its identity is its governance model. This talk will describe OpenStack's governance model in the context of other open-source governance models, with particular attention paid to how the project maintains a balance between the commercial interests sponsoring the vast majority of the work done on the project, and the open, transparent and welcoming 'doacracy' which creates the ideal environment for technical collaboration.

This past year has seen a number of fascinating debates within OpenStack - around commercial trademark usage policies, our contributor license agreements, voting methods, cross-project governence, the increase in scope of project, and much more. How these debates were conducted and resolved illustrates the nuances of our governance, so Mark will share his perspective on these debates from his vantage point as a contributor, former technical committee member and director of the foundation.

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Mark McLoughlin

OpenStack Technical Director, Red Hat, 1980
Mark McLoughlin is Technical Director for OpenStack at Red Hat and has spent over a decade contributing to and leading open source projects like GNOME, Fedora, KVM, qemu, libvirt, oVirt and, of course, OpenStack. Mark is a member of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors, and... Read More →

Tuesday May 19, 2015 5:30pm - 6:10pm PDT
Room 110

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