The strongest legacy of OpenStack Foundation is showing how to do open source at scale, with millions of dollar budget. Going well beyond the garages, the university labs, the funded startups and the small non-profits of the years before. OpenStack its practice on top of past experiences like the Apache way and the Ubuntu community habits. On top of those, the original teams at Rackspace and NASA built a solid fund-raising campaign, business development and marketing never seen before for an open source project.
At the core of all that effort stood four strong principles, today published in a book embedding the practice of open source. These are what makes OpenStack different and as of today, it’s the only place where open source projects get help with their open collaboration practice, beyond IP and events management.
OpenStack was started with the belief that a community of equals, working together in an open collaboration, would produce better software, more aligned to the needs of its users and more largely adopted. It was therefore started from day 0 as an open collaboration model that includes as many individuals and organizations as possible, on a level playing field, with everyone invited to design open infrastructure software.
It was from these conditions that “The Four Opens” were born:
Read the book Four Opens just released by the OpenStack Foundation.