What does it mean to host a project?
Hosting a project with the Linux Foundation follows open governance, which means no one company or individual is in control of a project. This enables and protects joint investment. When the maintainers of an open source project decide to host it at the Linux Foundation, they specifically transfer ownership of the trademark for their project to the Linux Foundation. However, they don’t transfer the copyright, since usage is already available to other users under the open source license.
Why you should host your project with LF Energy?
LF Energy provides the following services:
- A neutral home that increases adoption and contributions by not privileging any one actor.
- A leveraged development model that decreases your costs by increasing your investment multiplier for innovation and R & D.
- Ecosystem and operations leadership that are focused on you and your team’s success.
- A world class press and communication analyst team to create and drive the industry narrative.
- A community engagement model that enables built-in collaboration on common opportunities and shared investment.
- Ability to keep your maintainers and developers, and define your own governance, as long as it’s neutral.
- A world-class events team (virtual until it’s safe for in-person), able to run events around the world from 12 to 12,000 attendees.
The Linux Foundation is the leading commons for community assets
- The Linux Foundation (LF) is the largest open source foundation, providing management of community assets for over 400 projects:
- Over 3,400 source code repositories.
- Over 700 trademark registrations and applications, plus hundreds of unregistered marks.
- Over 700 project domains and DNS records.
- Over 12,000 Contributor License Agreements signed for project communities that decide to require one.
- The LF offers neutral sponsorship for managing fundraising.
- Over 1,600 unique member company relationships.
- Our communities raised over $100 million in 2019 via 6,500+ invoices.
- Our communities spent funds in 180,000+ separate transactions in 2019.
- The LF reports its audited financials to its board.
- The LF is a respected brand that can activate communications across tech, business, and social channels.
We build ecosystems around open source projects
- The LF has repeatedly shown its ability to build diverse ecosystems around open source projects incorporating developers, end users, tech giants, consulting companies, and startups.
- The LF hosts Let’s Encrypt, which provides the majority of the world’s https certificates, and demonstrates our track record of helping to build sustainable, privacy-focused initiatives.
- The LF has a strong history of fostering a rich environment of downstream commercial and volunteer implementations. There are hundreds of independent Linux distributions.
- There are over 100 Certified Kubernetes implementations, each of which has passed a comprehensive conformance test suite.
- CNCF has achieved unprecedented success in helping to grow awareness and adoption of Kubernetes, as demonstrated by Google Trends and KubeCon attendance.
- LF CommunityBridge offers paid internships with experienced mentors to increase the number and diversity of contributors.
Building large, sustainable ecosystems requires collective resources
We gathered over 45,000 attendees from over 12,000 organizations across 113 countries in 2019.
We manage IP for the world’s most important tech and have one of the world’s top open source legal teams in house.
We have trained millions of students through free and paid online training, online skills certification, and on-site e-learning.
We have designed and implemented both software and hardware testing and certification programs.
We have the largest share of voice of any open source foundation and a proven method to build large scale developer programs.
We host the infrastructure that develops the world’s largest software communities and provide release management, IT ops, and support.
In addition to massive peer review, our projects are regularly audited and pen tested. We offer bug bounties, dependency analysis, and code scanning.
The Linux Foundation serves as a nonprofit home
The mission of the LF, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, is to support the creation of sustainable open source ecosystems and energy is a natural focus for solving the most complex and interconnected problems that face us.
The LF can quickly receive and distribute funding. The LF fee for fiscal sponsorship services, which includes audited financials, is 9% of the first million dollars per year and 6% of additional funds.