Resolution 2016-03-17.jdd.1: OpenZFS as an associated project

This resolution was adopted by the Board of Directors of SPI at their meeting of May 12, 2016.


  1. OpenZFS is a substantial and significant Free Software project.

  2. The OpenZFS developers would like SPI's support and assistance, including taking donations.


  1. OpenZFS is formally invited to become an SPI Associated Project, according to the SPI Framework for Associated Projects, SPI Resolution 1998-11-16.iwj.1-amended-2004-08-10.iwj.1, a copy of which can be found at

  2. Matt Ahrens ( is recognised by SPI as the authoritative decision maker and SPI liaison for OpenZFS. Successors will be appointed or elected by Matt Ahrens. If Matt Ahrens is unable to, the following community members should vote to select a replacement: Brian Behlendorf (, Justin Gibbs (, and George Wilson ( These community leaders represent each of the key platforms for OpenZFS: Linux, FreeBSD, and illumos respectively.

  3. This invitation will lapse, if not accepted, 60 days after it is approved by the SPI Board.