Earlier this year, the OpenStack Foundation staff had the opportunity to brainstorm some ideas about how to express the values behind The Four Opens and how they are applied in practice. As the Foundation grows in scope to include new strategic focus areas and new projects, we felt it was important to provide explanation and guidance on the principles that guide our community.
We’ve collected these notes and have written some seeds to start this document. I’ve staged this work into github and have prepared a review to move the work into OpenStack hosting, turning this over to the community to help guide and shape the document.
This is very much a work in progress, but we have a goal to polish this up and make it an important document that captures our vision and values for the OpenStack development community, guides the establishment of governance for new top-level projects, and is a reference for the open-source development community as a whole.
I also want to be clear that the original Four Opens, as listed in the OpenStack governance page, is an OpenStack TC document. This project doesn’t change that. Instead, it is meant to be applied to the Foundation as a whole and be a reference to the new projects that land both as pilot top-level projects and projects hosted by our new infrastructure efforts.
Thanks to all of the original authors of the Four-Opens for your visionary work that started this process, and thanks in advance to the community members who will continue to grow and evolve this document.