Open Source Leadership Summit Take 3

Why I think this year will be so different

The Linux Foundation is home to so many collaborative projects — 78 at the last count — that it is impossible to keep track of them all.

However, in my view the key to the foundation’s success is the fact that it doesn’t just host these and provide the economies of scale but that it strives to create a safe, friendly, collaborative environment in which culture, community & code can all thrive.

By the way that phrase isn’t mine — it’s been around for a few years — and to be best of my recollection it was Dr Angel Luis Diaz who first coined it or at least used it in that order back in 2015 in a presentation he gave with Stephanie L. Trunzo but I am happy to stand corrected: In the open source world while attribution is important, adoption is paramount.

Anyway, with all this activity going on it is brilliant to be able to get together once a year at the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit where for a few days at least there is an air of calm — no one is pitching their company or product but everyone is pitching in to make it so — and it is a great chance to learn about the latest thinking in the open source community whether this is in terms of strategy, delivery or investment.

So why do I think this year will be so different?

In many ways I hope it isn’t — if it ain’t broke don’t fix it — but what I am really talking about is how different I think it will be for me personally.

When I first attended #lfosls two years ago a project that we had invested in and contributed to the Apache Software Foundation — Apache Brooklyn — had just graduated as a top level project a few months before and I was keen to see how this could be utilized by the newly formed Hyperledger community. I quickly became convinced that Cloudsoft should join this community and signed us up while there.

Before you get too worried, rest assured that the Linux Foundation isn’t into high pressure timeshare selling tactics (!) but the beauty of the summit is you get quality time with the leaders of these communities over days rather than minutes or hours.

But for me the stand out moment at #lfosls 2016 was the way the Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF), led at that time by Sam Ramji, and the CNCF came together and formed what became in a few short months the Open Service Broker API standard. Sam’s successor Abby Kearns explained the background in a great post that launched this standard.

Compared to this #lfosls 2017 was relatively quiet. That is until Ruv showed up channelling The Boat That Rocked and started broadcasting his pirate podcast. Since then Ruv has been busy with Coinlaunch and the world has gone ever so slightly bonkers over Bitcoin.

However now that the dust is clearing #lfosls 2018 will be very different for me personally as I will be there as CEO & co-founder of a brand new startup on a mission to radically simply enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies through the power of open source. How else?