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OpenStack to Move to Its Own Foundation

The foundation will be responsible for the open source project’s governance and ownership of the OpenStack trademark

Ahead of a conference in Boston, Rackspace said Wednesday that it will be turning control of the OpenStack cloud project that it started last year with NASA over to an independent OpenStack Foundation that will be set up next year.

The foundation will be responsible for the open source project's governance and ownership of the OpenStack trademark. Rackspace, which currently controls the OpenStack copyrights as well as the trademark, will turn the IP over to the foundation.

The company is supposed to gather feedback on the best structure and processes to adopt for the foundation.

Rackspace and OpenStack were looking a wee bit too cozy there for a while after Rackspace bought Anso Labs and acquired most of OpenStack's board seats. It's supposed to be a community endeavor and Rackspace ultimately had to rearrange governance and voting rights to accommodate folks like Cisco, Dell, Intel and Citrix.

The foundation is meant to resolve lingering control issues lest somebody like Oracle buy Rackspace.

OpenStack is now up to Diablo, its fourth release, and has seen 50,000 downloads. It's collected 100-odd organizations in the year and change it's been functioning.

See [email protected] to put your two cents in.

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