[OpenAFS] Listing support and development vendors on www.openafs.org

Jason Edgecombe jason@rampaginggeek.com
Wed, 12 Dec 2007 18:52:30 -0500

Russ Allbery wrote:
> For some time there have been various requests from sites running AFS for
> more information about where they can get commercial support or how they
> can fund development of a specific project they would like to see
> completed.  We've been discussing off and on for some time adding pointers
> to commercial support providers to www.openafs.org to help with that.  I'd
> like to reach a conclusion on that discussion and move forward with
> putting up a page.
> I'm proposing that we adopt the following criteria for inclusion in this
> page:
>  * The organization (company, individual, non-profit, whatever) provides
>    either general OpenAFS support -- installation services, bug analysis
>    and fixes, administrative support, etc. -- or OpenAFS development for
>    hire, or both.  In other words, at least for the first cut, this
>    wouldn't list software providers whose products support AFS, only
>    people directly supporting or offering to do development on OpenAFS
>    itself.
>  * The organization has a past track record of releasing their work, where
>    applicable, as open source and contributing it back to the OpenAFS
>    community.  If we need to put some sort of concrete measure on this,
>    I'd say something like "that organization has submitted at least five
>    patches and/or bug reports to the project in the past year."  I don't
>    mean to set the bar particularly high.
>  * The organization is open to new contracts and/or customers.
> Inclusion in this list would not be endorsement of any kind, and that
> would also be made clear on the list.  Anyone meeting that criteria would
> be listed.
> First, is everyone comfortable with this criteria and with the general
> idea?  Do you have any additions or changes to suggest?
> Second, the organizations that I'm personally aware of that meet this
> criteria as it stands are (in alphabetical order):
>     The Linux Box Corporation
>     http://www.linuxbox.com/
>     Secure Endpoints Inc.
>     http://www.secure-endpoints.com/
>     Sine Nomine Associates
>     http://www.sinenomine.net/
> Does everyone agree that those organizations meet this criteria?  And who
> else am I missing?
> When we've finalized the criteria and the page, I'll announce it on
> openafs-announce.

I agree