Some key details are missing, such as how or indeed if the official(s) will be elected and what form of non-profit will be formed - a section 503(c)(3) created on the basis of educational and/or scientific services may also offer tax exemptions for sponsors in the US for example. I'm expecting these to be clarified at the anniversary CloudCamp event on 24 June 2009 and with lots of eyes on the details there will be no room whatsoever for shenanigans - as I won't be there be sure to ask plenty of questions if anything still seems out of place. In particular it should be burnt into the memorandum and articles of association that the organisation cannot be sold or have its assets transferred to another entity that is not similar in spirit (e.g. non-profit), and that the objective of the organisation should be to educate about cloud computing rather than promotion of commercial interests (e.g. the infamous trade association). The officials should also be elected by organisers and/or participants (within say the first year if not immediately at launch) who should be true members of/subscribers to the organisation and thus able to vote; that way if our illustrious leaders lose interest (or their minds) then the community can continue. These requirements remove all temptation and make us less of a target for subversion, thus guaranteeing CloudCamp's continued viability (at least until we're so successful that it's no longer relevant and "cloud" fades into the background like "client-server" did a few decades ago).
In order to further improve transparency relating to the handling of money I will set a good example by being 100% transparent with CloudCampParis. That is, I commit to make available all details of money received and spent for public scrutiny. So far we have a number of €250 and €500 sponsorships confirmed or in the works and quotes for €1,200 and €1,500 in catering (depending whether we go for bags or buffet - I'd still prefer beer & pizza though), as well as something like €750 in flights to get Dave there for this first French event - we're on track to break even. I have already committed to sponsors to ensure that all funds raised will be spent on the event itself and encourage other organisers to follow suit. For those who raised concerns about potential improprieties I encourage you to challenge the organisers to justify their expenses with receipts and hope that they will do so proactively in future; with complete transparency there is no need for trust (and angst when trust is lost).
The real news of the day though follows on from my being (again) silenced by a "consensus" (which included many of those implicated by my earlier allegations) and then immediately after flat out accused of "only becom[ing] involved for one reason -- to try to fork the community" (only now deprived the right of reply). This is clearly BS as if I wanted to fork the community I just would have done so by feeding the growing unrest rather than pushing the committee to put its cards on the table; I have about as much interest in being at the "top" of what I believe should be a completely flat structure as I do in contributing to something which I believe could/will be eventually subverted for the enrichment of a few individuals. Although I've been sharply critical at times (more often than I would like), everything I post is [believed to be] true and almost always links back to a primary source; this was a flat out lie and it resulted in a flat out threat should it not promptly be proven or retracted with an apology.
Immediately after Reuven forwarded my message clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL to the public list, he and I got on the phone for half an hour (the first time we've actually spoken) and discussed our differences. He does a good job of summarising it so I'll just quote him:
I just got off the phone with Sam. After almost a year of public feuding, we finally actually spoke in person. First let me say that email probably isn't the best method for dispute resolution. I probably should have called Sam long ago. It's clear we share the same passions for open cloud computing. In regards to my previous statements about Sam's intention to fork CloudCamp, he has assured me that isn't the case and he is committed to making the Paris CloudCamp event a success we can all share. I believe him.Unfortunately those of you who found all this rather entertaining will have to go back to watching WWF as we're finally going to get on with furthering the interests of cloud computing rather than [in]fighting (which makes no sense whatsoever given we're not even competitors) or "inside baseball" according to one article. As TheOtherSam pointed out:
Going forward we agreed that continuing our feud is childish and does more harm then good. We are going to actively work to strengthen our relationship and put this ridiculous feud behind us. My request to Sam is that in the future is if he does have a grievance he call me directly before we take our frustrations public, we both agree this is a better approach then a public battle.
Reuven recently wrote about two watershed epochs in the development of the cloud industry. Given the energy and passion of these two individuals, this event might mark a third!Given things like the ill-fated Open Cloud Alliance now have some chance of seeing the light of day, duplicate initiatives like the Unified Cloud Interface (UCI) and Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) can work together and fiascos like the Open Cloud Manifesto are less likely to occur behind closed doors this may well prove correct - one thing you can be sure of is that where I'm involved there will be NoBullshit™
So let's close this chapter and get on with it...