As open source adoption grows, commerce and society come to depend on that code. The future of critical technologies such as Linux, Node.js, Hyperledger, and others can’t be left to chance. They need a neutral, independent organization like The Linux Foundation to manage the infrastructure and sustain their code and communities over the long term.

Benefits of Linux Foundation Membership

The Linux Foundation corporate members help support the greatest shared technology resources in history while also accelerating their own technology and innovation through open source leadership and participation. We provide the events, training and certification, open source best practices, marketing, and promotion necessary for corporate members to build, scale, and sustain critical open source projects and communities for commercial adoption.

Depending on your membership level with The Linux Foundation (please inquire for specific benefits), your organization will gain:

Industry Leadership:

Industry Leadership
  • The ability to govern and create new open source projects
  • Direct access to The Linux Foundation executives for open source strategy discussions
  • Entry to exclusive, invite-only open source leadership summits focused on technical, compliance, and business topics
  • Prominent placement of your organization's brand on The Linux Foundation's social networks and web properties, including, the premier news site for the open source professional, with 1.4M+ unique monthly visitors
  • Potential seat on the Board of Directors

Legal Leadership:

Legal Leadership
  • Invitation to exclusive legal conferences to discuss and help shape the industry's open source legal strategy, including our annual Legal Summit, Open Compliance Summit, and legal tracks at the Collaboration Summit
  • Access to bimonthly legal counsel conference calls
  • Direct access to our open source compliance experts for ad hoc discussions ranging from potential new projects to internal program office structures and processes
  • Partnership with the Free Software Foundation Europe, a by-invitation-only network

Technical Leadership:

Technical Leadership
  • The ability to create new technical workgroups and collaborate in a neutral setting to solve pressing Linux or open source issues
  • Direct access to technical decision-makers of the Linux platform
  • Opportunities for leadership roles in Linux Foundation initiatives

Community Leadership:

Community Leadership
  • Invitations to guest speak at member events
  • Ability to participate in our Matchmake a Mentor program, where you'll pair up with a prolific open source developer to get advice on technical and open source matters
  • Seminars on working with the open source community and driving member contributions to upstream projects

Additional Benefits:

Additional Benefits
  • Dedicated press release announcing membership
  • Private seminars on open source business, legal, and technical matters
  • Discounts on corporate onsite or live virtual technical training


Membership rights and commitments are described in detail in the Bylaws. Detailed benefits by membership level are available upon request. Please fill out an inquiry below for more details.

If you are looking to join one of our hosted projects, please visit The Linux Foundation Projects. Also note that we do not have an IP policy for The Linux Foundation membership, as the IP terms are defined by each project's entity bylaws or charters under The Linux Foundation. The projects each define their own terms for intellectual property contributions and commitments (e.g., licenses) and funding models.

Join hundreds of leading IT companies who have become members of The Linux Foundation

To inquire about your company becoming a corporate member of The Linux Foundation, and about specific membership benefits based on the different levels of membership we offer, please complete the form below. We will respond to you within two business days.

Go to top