[riot-devel] Regarding RIOT joining EdgeX Foundry

Thomas Eichinger thomas at riot-os.org
Fri Apr 28 23:50:02 CEST 2017

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for your input, I very much appreciate it. Please see my comments 

On 28 Apr 2017, at 13:18 PDT(-0700), Aaron Sowry wrote:

> I'm generally sceptical of anything the Linux Foundation does these 
> days. I
> know the word "Foundation" has a nice community vibe to it, but 
> ultimately
> LF are an industry association working in the best interests of their
> paying members (some of whom pay a lot, and therefore quite 
> understandably
> expect to see results). Potentially, these interests may not be 
> compatible
> with the goals of RIOT.

Potentially it does turn out that EdgeX is moving into a direction that 
is not
desired by the community or incompatible with RIOT's goals. From my 
point of
view however the only way to have at least a little bit of an influence 
on this
is to actually participate and try. If the point should be reached at 
there is a conflict of interests, there is always the option to drop 

> I understand that being an associate member doesn't incur any 
> obligations,
> and the exposure may be good for the RIOT project. My main concern is 
> that
> development focus will be misdirected towards Edge X rather than 
> continuing
> the excellent work done in RIOT so far, if Edge X certification was to
> become an "official" goal of RIOT.

As a project we can't make any contributor work on EdgeX other than 
or their employers, want to. How far the involvement will go will also 
on how open this group is for our input. In general I can rather see 
somehow involved in RIOT providing technical input and keeping an eye on 
results than actually contributing huge junks to an Apache 2 licensed 
code base.

> Perhaps an alternative would be to set up a special interest group 
> within
> the RIOT project, to monitor the progression of Edge X as it matures. 
> It's
> still a young initiative and may not even end up gaining traction.

I think this is a good idea, forming a special interest group a.k.a task 
gathering people having time to spare to invest in EdgeX, reporting back 
to the
community as we used to do for technical topics.

I hope I understood you right, does this the above make sense?

Best, Thomas

> On 29/04/2017 6:28 AM, "Thomas Eichinger" <thomas at riot-os.org> wrote:
>> Dear RIOTers,
>> As some of you might have noticed there exists a new initiative 
>> hosted by
>> Linux Foundation called EdgeX Foundry [1]. From their website:
>> "EdgeX FoundryTM is a vendor-neutral open source project hosted by 
>> the
>> Linux Foundation building a common open framework for Industrial IoT 
>> edge
>> computing. ... The initiative is aligned around a common goal: the
>> simplification and standardization of the foundation for tiered edge
>> computing architectures in the Industrial IoT market while still 
>> enabling
>> the ecosystem to provide significant value-added differentiation."
>> Some central people in the RIOT community consider this as an 
>> interesting
>> project to join as it holds the possibility to expose RIOT to a 
>> broader
>> audience and might also attract future contributions.
>> RIOT would join as an open source project and thus become an 
>> Associated
>> Member which does not imply joining the Linux Foundation.
>> Before taking any further actions we wanted to know if anybody in the
>> community feels uncomfortable or has any objections to RIOT 
>> participating?
>> Please let us know in a timely manner about your concerns. General
>> feedback is very much welcome as usual.
>> Cheers,
>> Thomas
>> [1] https://www.edgexfoundry.org/
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