[Ofa_boardplus] Paid staff in the OFA

Jason Gunthorpe jgunthorpe at obsidianresearch.com
Mon Oct 9 11:54:28 PDT 2017

On Mon, Oct 09, 2017 at 09:35:26AM -0700, Jim Ryan wrote:

> Jason, thanks. I don't know how much background you have so, at the risk of
> being redundant, let me just say the notion of having a significant
> relationship with the LF has been looked into, seriously, in the
> past.

Yes, I know.. I don't know the details however.

> PS, we should separate the issue of paid staff from the LF. Again, that's just
> my opinion, but I believe that strongly and I'd be happy to explain this to
> anyone who is interested. I hope you know I'm prepared to be talked out of an
> ill-advised position

I agree, paid staff of the contract variety is an entirely sane approach
for the OFA to take at this time.

However, looking forward, if full time dedicated staff become a
fixture of the OFA, then treating them as actual employees with
benifits is a reasonable thing to grow into - and this is exactly what
the LF is doing for other similar open source organizations.

So, the OFA should not, out of hand, dismiss the long term idea of
having proper full time employees. It is entirely doable, but it is
not something to tackle until we actually have a contract employees,
and funding to support them..

I wanted to point it out, since you mentioned OFA was revisiting the
SOW with the LF.


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