Pledging to the OpenTF manifesto

By Josh Pollara on Aug 15, 2023
Pledging to the OpenTF manifesto

On August 10th, 2023 a single decision was made which took Terrateam and the DevOps world by surprise: HashiCorp decided to relicense their projects to new vague terms which closed Terraform as an open source project.

Terraform is an ecosystem more than a product. Like a programming language, it depends on its robust and enthusiastic community to develop providers and tools.

How does this impact Terrateam customers?

The new license change should not impact Terrateam customers. We simply execute the Terraform CLI in an isolated GitHub Actions runtime environment the same way you would execute it on your workstation.

Terrateam does not include Terraform source code in any of our services.

Having said that, we are aware that the HashiCorp license change does change the state of world. The wording of the new license is vague and can be interpreted in many ways. As a result, action must be taken.

In response to the license change: OpenTF

We believe in preserving an impartial and community-driven path for Terraform. We ask that HashiCorp address these community concerns by donating Terraform to an appropriate open source software foundation, or, failing that, reconsider the licensing change for Terraform.

For this reason, we, along with the community, have put forward the OpenTF manifesto and are backing a community effort to ensure an open source path forward.

Our commitment

While we sincerely hope that the community can find a shared path forward, we also know that hope is not a strategy, and that action must be taken to prevent the de facto lingua franca of the cloud from fading into oblivion.

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