As mentioned, last week was not a super-happy fun time for many residents in my area of the country. Things are certainly better now, which is great, and we are all enjoying the sunny and dry weather.
There’s nothing like a calamity to take pre-conceived notions and shove them into your face. Seeing a community in action through the unpleasant times gives you insight into how communities should act in the more quiescent times.
Watching our city mayor through all of this was one such example.
Governance in an open source community always varies from project to project. Typically it’s along the lines of a meritocracy, where community members’ participations are weighted by the quality of each respective member’s contributions, but not always.
But one thing a community should not be is completely governed by the management hierarchy of any companies that sponsor that project.
There are a few important milestones in the life of any open source project: the first outside contribution. The first general release. And, for really successful projects, the creation of a solid governance structure to help guide the project in a way that benefits many.
For Ceph, that milestone is today.
In conjunction with the OpenStack Summit currently taking place in Tokyo, the Ceph community is announcing the formation of an advisory board to assist their community in driving the direction of Ceph. Specifically, the new advisory board will launch with the goal of expanding and enhancing community participation and collaboration for the Ceph project, working closely with the community’s technical and user committees.