Join the Linux Foundation

Move markets and help support critical code.

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

More than half of all Global 2000 software and telecom companies are members of the Linux Foundation and our projects. They know their contributions not only help accelerate their own technology and innovation, they’re critical to developing billion-dollar markets and ensuring that modern society continues to run on open source.

“We’ve been one of the bedrock members of The Linux Foundation since its inception. We have a long history of doing open source projects throughout many communities. (But) there are things we couldn’t do before that we can now do, working in partnership with The Linux Foundation. “If we were to take a project, open source it ourselves, and expect people to come to that project, that’s a very difficult path. But when you do it in partnership with The Linux Foundation, that path gets smoothed.”

Todd MooreVP of Open Technology, IBM Developer and Developer Advocacy

Benefits your organization can take advantage of by joining the Linux Foundation

Industry Leadership

  • Ability to govern and create new open source projects with The Linux Foundation
  • Ability to join Linux Foundation projects such as the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Hyperledger, EdgeX Foundry, Automotive Grade Linux, and Core Infrastructure Initiative
  • Access to 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, which receive more than 1.4 million unique monthly visitors
  • Potential seat on the Board of Directors

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 Open Source Leadership 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

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

Additional Benefits

  • Private seminars on open source business, legal, and technical matters
  • Discounts on corporate onsite or live virtual technical training

Community Leadership

  • Invitations to guest speak at member events
  • Ability to attend Linux Foundation Member Summit
  • 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

Join the 1,000+ members building and sustaining open source technologies

No single company or person can develop such large and important resources. The Linux Foundation brings together companies and individual contributors to build the greatest shared technology in history. 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.

Individuals interested in supporting the Linux Foundation can learn more about becoming an Individual Supporter.

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Important Information About Associate

The Associate category of participation is limited to pre-approved non-profits, open source projects, and government entities, and requires approval. All Associate applications need to be approved before using the join form. Thank you.

Membership rights and commitments are described in detail in the Bylaws. Detailed benefits by membership level are available upon request. Please contact us with any questions.

 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.