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

Redefining the Nature of Trust on the Internet

Hyperledger is a global collaboration driven by more than 200 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; Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0 released January 2018

Helping Secure the Web for Free

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated and open certificate authority, run for the public’s benefit as a 5019(c)(3) and is supported organizationally by The Linux Foundation. The objective of Let’s Encrypt is to help achieve 100% encryption of the Web. Let’s Encrypt provides free standard and wildcard domain validation (DV) certificates that enable a website to encrypt its communications via HTTPS. The Let’s Encrypt process is simplified, automated and available globally. These unique attributes make Let’s Encrypt ideal for large organizations, who need to alleviate financial burden and automate deployment at scale. Let’s Encrypt is also idea for individual users, particularly those in underserved markets, who may lack funds and technical skill to otherwise deploy HTTPS.


  • Despite growing concern for data security, just over 68% of daily page loads are encrypted
  • Let’s Encrypt enables free and automated installation of SSL/TLS certificates
  • At the end of 2017, Let’s Encrypt secured communications for over 60 million websites

Helping the Automotive Industry Innovate

Automotive Grade Linux, with more than 120 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

Revolutionizing Networks for 60 Percent of 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. LF Networking provides a springboard for the development of a complete, open source networking stack, spanning from the data plane to orchestration and analytics. Together, LF Networking platforms and technology provide for the automation of the complete lifecycle of physical and virtual network functions.


  • Launched in January 2018 with ONAP, OpenDaylight, OPNFV,, SNAS, and PNDA projects
  • 100 members representing over 60% of global mobile subscribers
  • 10/10 major networking vendors
  • $200M AT&T venture fund to develop the VNF ecosystem

Creating Great Products Faster

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. Cloud native technologies enable software developers to build great products faster. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) builds sustainable ecosystems and fosters a community around a constellation of high-quality projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy, that orchestrate containers as part of microservices architecture.


  • The home of Kubernetes, the highest velocity cloud-related project on GitHub
  • More than 200 members, including enterprise software companies and all of the biggest public cloud providers
  • Over 500 Kubernetes Meetup groups with more than 185,000 members, plus 140 CNCF Meetups with 61,000 members

Uniting the Web’s Fastest Moving Web Development Community

Node.js is an open source, cross-platform runtime for developing front end, server side, desktop, mobile and IoT web applications. In 2015, the Node.js community chose The Linux Foundation to provide a neutral home for the Node.js Foundation, allowing the Node.js project to continue its fast growth.


  • Over 2,000 Node.js core contributors
  • 98% of Fortune 500 companies use Node.js
  • 9 million Node.js instances make it the most successful JavaScript development platform for client/server applications
  • More than 3M npm (Node Package Manager) packages downloaded weekly

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