LFE makes resources available to the community through organizations sponsoring LFE as members. Participation is open to anyone under an open governance model but membership helps support the community and resources available to drive the success of LFE projects.

Membership Model

  • Anyone may participate
  • LFE encourages companies to become members and support the mission with resources – funding, code, engineers, etc.
  • LFE is funded similarly to other Linux Foundation projects through membership with dues, plus the contribution of engineering resources
  • All LFE members must also be members of The Linux Foundation

Premier Members

  • Designate one Governing Board representative
  • Designate one representative on the Technical Advisory Council
  • Initial 2-year commitment
  • Fee = $150K per annum, plus LF membership

General Members

  • No guaranteed Governing Board [BL2] seat
  • Can run for and vote for Governing Board Directors
  • 1 Board seat per every 10 General Members
  • Must earn a TSC seat by being elected Chair of a Working Group
  • Fee structure varies by size of organization
    • > 5000 employees = $50K
    • 500-­‐4999 employees = $30K
    • 100-­‐499 employees = $10K
    • < 100 employees = $5K
    • Dues plus LF membership

Academic / Non-Profit Members

  • No fee
  • Subject to Governing Board approval

Linux Foundation Membership

  • LFE project members must additionally become members of LF. LF Silver membership dues vary by size of organization:
    • > 5000 employees = $20K
    • 500-­‐4999 employees = $15K
    • 100-­‐499 employees = $10K
    • < 100 employees = $5K
    • Academic / Non-profit – no fee

Membership Benefits

With a staff of 150, The Linux Foundation provides a professional shared services organization to its 75+ hosted projects, offering support in five areas:

  1. Governance and Membership
  2. Technical and Project Lifecycle Management
  3. Technical Infrastructure
  4. Ecosystem Development
  5. IP Management

Detailed Benefits

  • Conformance programs
  • Technical infrastructure for the community
  • Testing environment
  • Continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps engineering help
  • Security experts and engineers to assist community
  • IP Management
  • License scanning
  • Trademarks and management
  • IP defense, outside legal counsel engagement
  • Outreach, PR / analyst engagement, social media, web
  • Events for the project
  • Leadership to curate ecosystem creation
  • Convening and coordination for: Governance Board, Technical, and Marketing
  • Steering Committees
  • LF peer projects
  • Industry stakeholders and complimentary projects
  • Cross-training ICT engineers and power engineers
  • Policy and regulatory engagement
  • End-user engagement, requirements gathering, measurement and feedback loops