Check out this snipped from the ReadWrite’s “OpenStack Needs A Dominant Vendor, Not Interoperability" article:
While there still is a long way to go in establishing OpenStack leadership, Red Hat currently sits in prime position to lead OpenStack just as it led Linux. Why? Because it contributes the most to the project:
Source: OpenStack (Data compiled by Bitergia)
In open source, being the source of code matters more than source code. She who contributes most, controls (or influences) most.
Hence, even as the OpenStack community mulls over the introduction of RefStack, a proposed conformance testing system to help evaluate just how “pure” an OpenStack implementation is, OpenStack’s members are already jockeying to be RefStack. If Red Hat or another vendor establishes primacy in the community, its implementation will essentially become “RefStack.”
It’s slightly radical to my taste, although I must acknowledge it’s more or less true; at least if you think of enterprise grade software. Of course there will be other distributors lingering around who contribute basically nothing to OpenStack but still pretend to be relevant players. Needless to say, they don’t stand a chance in the long run.
Anyway, the next few years will be extremely interesting for the OpenStack community, and I very much look forward to being part of it :-)