Its seems that all open source projects in the networking space must be part of a some larger body. Nearly all group efforts, commercial or open source, are firmly lodged in the loving arms of the IETF, IEEE and the increasingly Linux Foundation. So todays press release isn’t surprising:
Open vSwitch (OVS) project has announced that it is now a Linux Foundation Project. This is good news for customers and vendors alike.
- Because the Linux Foundation offers a workable governance model
- Which is needed to balance the corporate vs customer forces that might derail actual work.
- More importantly, provides access to a wide range of back office services that open source projects need to survive. While the software lives on GitHub a project needs mailing lists, conferencing platforms, and point of contact for inbound requests and outreach activities.
Basically, its become a rite of passage for a open source networking projects to migrate to the Linux Foundation as a sign a maturity and growth. This is a welcome step.