[OpenStack Foundation] OpenStack Foundation Bylaws first draft published

Mark Collier mark at openstack.org
Mon Apr 30 23:12:34 UTC 2012

Today the first draft of the Bylaws for the OpenStack Foundation were published on the wiki here: http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/Bylaws, per the process detailed on the wiki: http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/DraftingCommitteeProcess

The goal with the first draft was to take a critical step towards putting the structure (http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/Structure) and mission (http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/Mission) defined previously into long form legal documents, which we will use to establish the foundation this year.  There are still some gaps to fill in, but I think we are off to a strong start.  

Some of the legal language maybe be a bit difficult to parse for those of us who aren't lawyers, so when it doubt please ask questions.  One piece of advice:  read the whole thing before responding.  There are places where you may have a question that is answered later on in the document.  For example, when you read that the initial elections for Gold director is in January 2013 and wonder why (article II, section 5), you'll find out later (spoiler!) that there is actually an "interim election" to get us through the end of 2012 (article VII, section 2). 

Some of the mechanics of the initial boot strap phase are the hardest to articulate, and I want to personally thank Alice King for doing the hard work of getting this first draft written to give us a strong starting point. 

If these are details you care deeply about, please review the draft and get involved!

Mark Collier
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