For example, when VMware controversially applied to be a member of OpenStack, there was debate within the foundation's board of directors about if the company would be let in, which it ultimately was. If there is one central figure for the OpenStack project, that decision could have been much easier, instead of taking hours of deliberations and creating what some consider to be wedges within the project.
Here are some people who could step up to the plate and be the Linux Torvalds of OpenStack.
If anyone is the official face of OpenStack right now, it's Bryce. A former member of the OpenStack team at Rackspace, Bryce now serves as the inaugural executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, which coordinates high-level decisions about the future of the OpenStack project. He's the default spokesperson for the project and has clearly taken on a leadership role. At the most recent OpenStack summit, he served as an emcee throughout the show and opened with the first keynote address. Along with his right-hand man Mark Collier, COO of OpenStack, Bryce is pretty much running the day-to-day operations of the project. One question about Bryce: Is he provocative enough to be a Torvalds for OpenStack? He's generally a more conciliatory type than a raucous pot-stirrer. But, who says OpenStack's version of Torvalds needs to be a mirror image of Linus's style?
One of the co-founders of the OpenStack project, Kemp is in many ways seen as the brainchild behind the OpenStack movement. While CTO of NASA, he led the team that created Nova, the core compute engine that makes up OpenStack. At the recent OpenStack Summit Kemp had a prominent keynote role in which he articulated the promise of the OpenStack project. He has the vision for OpenStack and he's all in with the project too, having launched his own startup Nebula that has bet big on OpenStack.