[openstack-dev] [all][tc] Moving away from "big tent" terminology

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Fri Jun 16 10:26:29 UTC 2017

Matt Riedemann wrote:
> On 6/15/2017 9:57 AM, Thierry Carrez wrote:
>> Obviously we are not the target audience for that term. I think we are
>> deep enough in OpenStack and technically-focused enough to see through
>> that. But reality is, the majority of the rest of the world is confused,
>> and needs help figuring it out. Giving the category a name is a way to
>> do that.
> Maybe don't ask the inmates what the asylum/prison should be called. Why
> don't we have people that are confused about this weighing in on this
> thread? Oh right because they don't subscribe to, or read, or reply to a
> development mailing list.

I should have made it clearer in my original post that this discussion
actually originated at the Board+TC+UC workshop in Boston, as part of
the "better communicating what is openstack" subgroup.

We discussed producing better maps of OpenStack, but the most
marketing-minded people in the group also insisted that we need to move
on from "big tent" branding and explain our structure with new, less
confusing terminology.

This thread is just the TC part of the discussion (as it happens, the TC
owns the upstream project structure, so changes to this will have to go
through us). We said that the TC should discuss its affairs in open
threads, so here it is. That doesn't really make it a technical issue,
or an issue that we'd solely decide amongst the inmates in the asylum.
The discussion will ultimately feed back to that Board+TC+UC workgroup
to come up with a clearer plan. We just need to get general feedback on
the general issue, which is what this thread is about.

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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