“Don’t give up on OpenStack”? I’m trying not to…

Over at Information Week, Andrew Froehlich pleads “Don’t Give Up On OpenStack“. And I’m not. But as I commented, the change that is needed conflicts with one of the deepest impulses in any community-based activity, from parent-teacher organizations to open source software projects:

The hardest thing for an open source project to establish is a way of saying “no” to contributors, whether they be individual True Believers in Open Source, or vast commercial enterprises seeking an architectural advantage over their competitors. The impulse is always to do things which increase the number of participants, and it is assumed that saying “no” will have the opposite effect. In a consensus-driven community, this is a hard issue to resolve.

(My emphasis.)

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