These projects take advantage of the governance structure and back-end resources that the Linux Foundation provides to all hosted projects. Examples of these projects include: SPDX, FOSSology, CHAOSS, Linuxboot and OpenBMC.
We support open collaboration communities, small to large
The Linux Foundation enables technical project communities to build open technologies, open standards, open hardware, open data, and open specifications. Linux Foundation projects are open for anyone in the world to participate – no membership required. Use the code, contribute, and participate freely.
The flexibility to set up your project your way
These projects benefit from community-raised funding to provide resources and infrastructure like enhanced code repositories, continuous integration systems, testing resources, conformance programs, and developer events. Membership or funding support for these projects is never required to contribute. Examples include: Let’s Encrypt, Node.js, OpenAPI Initiative, and Open Mainframe.
These projects support several technical projects under the same funding structure and are focused on a technology area. This allows the community to pursue a strategic vision across a spectrum of opportunities while balancing demands on resources. Examples include: Automotive Grade Linux, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Hyperledger, LF AI & Data and LF Networking.
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Benefits available to all hosted projects, at no cost
We focus on hosting projects with sustainable ecosystems, but all hosted projects can take advantage of our core benefits at no cost to your community.
Neutral Asset Ownership
The LF serves as the neutral owner of the core assets and accounts for projects including domains, online service accounts (e.g. GitHub, Twitter, etc), and trademarks; contributors retain individual ownership of contributed code and license it to the project for redistribution under open source licenses or the terms of a project Contributor License Agreement.
The LF works with each project community to establish a transparent, open governance model for the technical community
Clear IP Terms
The LF engages with the key stakeholders to understand and document the intellectual property terms that will underpin the collaboration.
The LF provides the base policies for organizations to collaborate including an antitrust policy, trademark policy, selecting a code of conduct, and more.
The LF maintains the core entity structures that enable our communities to operate and transact
Monitor the health of your projects and communities, maintain operations, and grow your ecosystem with tools built for contributors.
Community Event Engagement
LF projects receive complementary space at our OSS NA & OSS EU events to host workshops, meetups and discussions. LF Projects receive a 50% discount on LF event sponsorship opportunities, and project member employees receive 20% off of registration fees for many LF events. Project-related meetups or event activities are highlighted in the LF event newsletter. Project members and governance are invited to attend our by-invitation annual Member Summit. Projects receive high priority for acceptance in our Project Highlights tracks at all Open Source Summit events and our annual Member Summit event.
The LF offers several training benefits. Our training and certification team can collaborate with your subject-matter-experts to create training courses and/or certifications directly related to your project and community. This ensures that users have the skills they need and also provides a potential revenue stream to the project. In addition, learn how some projects can offer valuable training benefits to their corporate members (benefits vary based on project size, type and membership levels).
Support programs to help scale open technology ecosystems
Our dedicated business support programs let you scale awareness and project adoption, so your developers can focus on what matters: code.
Before you contact us…
- Think about the mission and scope of your project, including any context around the community you have or want to attract.
- How will you build your community? Who is already engaged? Are any of the 1600+ Linux Foundation member companies potentially interested in participating?
- We can help with governance documents. Our templates help put the basics in place and let the community define how they operate – and they’ve been approved by lawyers at 1400+ organizations.
- Think about when you want to announce the project. Is there an industry event or meeting where it would interest attendees?