Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation
Linux Foundation logo 2013.svg
Formation2000 (2000)
Type501(c)(6) organization
PurposeBuild sustainable ecosystems around open source projects to accelerate technology development and commercial adoption.
1,000+ corporate members[1]
Key people
Key people
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Jim Zemlin
  • Mike Woster
  • Mike Dolan
  • Karen Copenhaver
  • Abby Kearns
  • Arpit Joshipura
  • Brian Behlendorf
  • Andy Updegrove
  • Angela Brown
  • Chris Aniszczyk
  • Heather Kirksey
  • Kate Stewart
  • Dan Cauchy
  • Noriaki Fukuyasu
  • Clyde Seepersad
  • Dan Kohn
  • Calista Redmond
  • Robin Ginn
  • Shubhra Kar
Jim Zemlin at the opening of the LinuxCon Europe 2014
Linus Torvalds at LinuxCon North America 2016

The Linux Foundation (LF) is a non-profit technology consortium founded in 2000 as a merger between Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group to standardize Linux, support its growth, and promote its commercial adoption. It also hosts and promotes the collaborative development of open source software projects.[2][3][4] It is a major force in promoting diversity and inclusion in both Linux and the wider open source software community.[5]

It began in 2000, under the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and became the organization it is today when OSDL merged with the Free Standards Group (FSG). The Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and lead maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman and is supported by members such as AT&T, Cisco, Facebook,[6] Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft,[7] NEC, Oracle, Orange S.A., Qualcomm, Samsung,[8] Tencent, and VMware, as well as developers from around the world.

In recent years, the Linux Foundation has expanded its support programs through events, training and certification, and open source projects. Projects hosted at the Linux Foundation include the Linux kernel project, Kubernetes, Automotive Grade Linux, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Hyperledger, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Xen Project, and many others.

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  2. ^ "About The Linux Foundation". The Linux Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Linux Foundation Projects". The Linux Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Jim Zemlin Named Executive Director of New Linux Foundation". The Linux Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-02-02.
  5. ^ "Diversity & Inclusivity". Linux Foundation. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  6. ^ Than 1, More; Members, 000; Software, Is the World’s Leading Home for Collaboration on Open Source; St, Open; ards; Data, Open; Linux, open hardware Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including; Kubernetes; Node.js (2020-08-13). "Facebook's Long History of Open Source Investments Deepens with Platinum-level Linux Foundation Membership". The Linux Foundation. Retrieved 2020-08-13.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Microsoft—yes, Microsoft—joins the Linux Foundation". 2016-11-16. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  8. ^ Latif, Lawrence (2012-06-06). "Samsung takes a seat with Intel and IBM at the Linux Foundation". The Inquirer. Archived from the original on June 7, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-13.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)

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