Case Studies

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The Free Operating System that’s Taken Over the World

The Linux Foundation provides all the infrastructure for, the home of Linux, including the maintenance of the version control system and mailing lists to drive the success of the world’s most far-reaching collaborative project.


  • Linux has provided a platform and was a catalyst for the growth of the web and virtually every emerging technology platform since (mobile, IoT, cloud, big data)
  • All of the 500 most powerful supercomputers run Linux
  • 90% of the public cloud workload runs on Linux
  • Linux has 62% of the embedded systems market
  • Linux-based Android overtook Windows as the Internet’s most used operating system in early 2017
  • Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, also created the Git version control system

Helping the Automotive Industry Innovate

Automotive Grade Linux, with more than 100 members, is a cross-industry effort to develop a common platform for all software in the vehicle, from infotainment to advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. The open platform lets automakers and suppliers decrease development times, speed innovation, and bring new features to market faster. Toyota has adopted the AGL platform their next-generation infotainment system debuting on the 2018 Toyota Camry in the U.S.


  • 5 of 10 largest automakers in the world are members, including Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Mercedes
  • 7 of 10 of the largest semiconductor companies in the world, representing 95% of the automotive market
  • 8 of the top infotainment providers
  • Latest release candidate has 72M lines of code

Keeping Pace with Customer Demand

Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation hosts critical components of those software stacks; brings together the industry’s top developers, end users and vendors; and serves as a neutral home for collaboration.


  • The home of Kubernetes, the highest velocity cloud-related project on GitHub
  • More than 100 members, ranging from the 6 largest cloud service providers to startups
  • Over 300 meetup groups with 100K+ members

Redefining the Nature of Trust on the Internet

Hyperledger is a global collaboration driven by more than 150 members from the finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chain, manufacturing, and technology industries. The Hyperledger community is creating modular open source components and platforms for distributed ledgers and smart contracts to allow multiple parties to securely interact with the same universal source of truth. Businesses with the most stringent blockchain requirements trust Hyperledger to build industry-standard blockchains: by business, for business.


  • Airbus, Change Healthcare, Daimler, and more join tech, banking, and global leaders to build blockchain ecosystem
  • More than 80 PoCs in supply chain, real estate, music, and trading
  • Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 released July 2017

Helping Secure the Web for Free

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority, run for the public’s benefit and operated by The Linux Foundation. Read the case study to find out how Let’s Encrypt is creating a more secure internet.


  • Despite growing concern for data security, most transactions and websites are not secure
  • Let’s Encrypt enables free and automated installation of security certificates
  • More than 50 million websites secured for free, representing a 50% increase in the encrypted web in just 2 years

Uniting the Web’s Fastest Moving Web Development Community

Node.js, often referred to simply as Node, is an open source, cross-platform runtime for developing front end, server side, desktop, mobile and IoT web applications. Formed in 2015, the Node.js Foundation is managed by The Linux Foundation, which provides a governance structure for the project and includes IBM, Intel, Joyent, Microsoft, and Red Hat and numerous other users and solution providers as members.


  • More than 8 million developers per month use Node.js
  • Over 15 million downloads per month and more than a billion package downloads per week
  • In 2016, Node.js had 476 new contributors, a 197% increase year over year
  • The total number of recorded downloads of Node.js is 177,188,140, which averages to 484,121 downloads each day

Revolutionizing Networks for 2.6B Mobile Subscribers

The networking industry is at a significant turning point as network operators spanning telecommunications, cable, enterprise, cloud, and the research community work to redefine the network architecture. ONAP is a comprehensive platform for real-time, policy-driven orchestration and automation of physical and and virtual network functions that will enable software, network, IT and cloud providers and developers to rapidly create new services.


  • 45 members representing 55% of global mobile subscribers
  • 30 projects approved
  • $200M AT&T venture fund

Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization

As an open source project, OPNFV is uniquely positioned to bring together  the work of standards bodies, open source communities and commercial suppliers to deliver a de facto standard open source NFV platform for the industry. Participation is open to anyone.


  • Leveraged open source guidance to create project with key industry support
  • Successfully pivoted from traditional standards approach to open development
  • Collaborative development has helped speed innovation and troubleshooting

OpenDaylight becomes Industry Standard through Collaborative Development

The goal of the OpenDaylight project community is to make interoperable, programmable networks a reality by uniting the industry around a common SDN platform, accelerating SDN adoption.


  • Independent technical review helped establish project beginnings
  • Separate project and technical governance preserved code independence
  • Through shared R&D, OpenDaylight has become the de facto industry standard in modern networking