Linux Foundation Open Source Partner Program

Partner Program Introduction

LFOSPP helps companies deliver their solutions to the largest distributive software development organization in the world. LF works with all Partners to delight Developers with an industry leading tool stack. Partners receive enhanced visibility in our large and diverse developer community to grow brand visibility, receive outstanding product feedback, and grow customers. 

LFOSPP works with our Communities to identify both committed partner offerings and emerging tools to build out a comprehensive Tool stack. In turn, Partners receive actionable product feedback, access to diverse development communities, and real world case studies.

Benefits to developers & projects: 

LF Developers and projects receive access to best of breed tools and services to deliver outstanding developer experiences. With engaged Partners, Developers can access best practices and help to implement and improve Partners’ offerings for their communities.

Benefits to partners:

Partners receive enhanced visibility in our large and diverse developer community to grow brand visibility, receive outstanding product feedback, and grow customers. Furthermore, select partners benefit from LF case studies and logo licensing.

Join the Partner Program

Are you interested in joining the Linux Foundation partnership program, or want to learn more? Please fill out the form below and a member of the team will reach out.

Explore Our Partners

dnsimple helps the Linux Foundation automate registration and management of over 1,500 domains with a robust API.
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Partner name

DNSimple

What problem LF had that the partner solves

  • The Linux Foundation has a very small IT team responsible for all domain management — including registration, renewal, DNS, and some basic services, like email forwarding and http(s) redirects. Most people responsible for requesting changes to these services were not on the IT team. They would submit change-request tickets, some of which were urgent. A lot of The Linux Foundation’s challenges revolved around these support tickets and how to alleviate pressure from the IT staff.
  • They needed a domain registrar with a robust API that supported numerous TLDs, email forwards, and HTTP(S) redirects. DNSimple checked [all the boxes](https://dnsimple.com/dns-hosting).

How partner solution implemented

  • With over 1500 domains to manage, the Linux Foundation needed a registrar with a robust API. They wanted to be able to automate registration and management of their domains. After looking at a number of other registrars, they found none of them fulfilled all their requirements. Some had APIs that were missing functionality. Others didn’t support specific TLDs.
  • The implementation process was very smooth, thanks to DNSimple responsive support and [comprehensive documentation](https://developer.dnsimple.com).
  • Up to date, clear and accurate DNSimple’s API documentation and their excellent support helped to implement the solution they needed.

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Element is a secure communication and collaboration platform that ensures trust by putting its users in complete control. It combines the best parts of email, collaboration and messaging with the open Matrix protocol to deliver secure real time communication.
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Partner name

Element

What problem LF had that the partner solves

The Linux Foundation (LF), a renowned hub for open-source innovation, faced a significant communication challenge when working with its customers. Around 40 IT professionals provide an extensive catalog of services to companies with open-source initiatives, focusing mainly on Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). 

As an open source project, LF could use Slack internally for free but that arrangement didn’t cover its customers’ usage of Slack. It meant that LF was unable to benefit from real time communication with its customers.

Seeking an open source based alternative, and ideally one that would protect all parties data sovereignty, LF embarked on a Proof of Concept (POC) using Matrix, which showed promise. However, they faced challenges scaling it beyond the initial three groups involved in the POC. LF lacked the resources and service model to support widespread adoption. Mike Dolan, Senior VP, was a key advocate for this transition. The open-source projects LF served ranged from just three users to massive communities with up to 30,000 members, often under long-term contracts. Projects continuously onboarded new members each month, making scalability essential. Additionally, LF required Single Sign-On (Auth0) integration and an Admin console. Element proposed a model where LF would purchase Element licenses, and LF would bill their clients based on the services selected from their catalog, included in project contracts.

How partner solution implemented

Element's Solution

Element is a secure communication and collaboration platform that ensures trust by putting its users in complete control. It combines the best parts of email, collaboration and messaging with the open Matrix protocol to deliver secure real time communication.

Being decentralized, Element gives people and organizations complete ownership and control of their data. It also ensures network resilience, which is ideal for mission-critical environments.

Element is led by the same team that created the Matrix open standard, and is equally committed to open source. Element is used by loads of open source communities including several Linux distributions and desktop environments (Fedora, Debian, Archlinux, GNOME and KDE), the Ansible community, the W3C, or The Document Foundation (LibreOffice).

Leveraging the open-source Matrix protocol, Element enabled LF to create a secure, customizable, and scalable communication ecosystem. 

Link for onboarding to your LF project

For more on Element's seamless communication and collaboration, visit the onboarding guide: Element Onboarding Guide.

Link to partner

Contact Element 

Equinix provides compute, storage, and network resources to create infrastructure for CNCF projects.
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Partner name

Equinix

What problem LF had that the partner solves

Equinix provides compute, storage, and network resources to create infrastructure for CNCF projects.

How partner solution implemented

Equinix partners with CNCF projects via the Community Infrastructure Lab (CIL) project on Github. Working directly with project maintainers, Equinix provides the necessary compute, storage, and network resources for their project.

Link for onboarding to your LF project

https://github.com/cncf/cluster

Link to partner

https://deploy.equinix.com

FOSSA helps more than 100 Linux Foundation projects manage their open source risk and protect their code against license violations, vulnerabilities, and supply chain threats.
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Partner name

Fossa

What problem LF had that the partner solves

FOSSA is helping more than 100 Linux Foundation projects manage their open source risk and protect their code against license violations, vulnerabilities, and supply chain threats. We’re proud to be used with some of LF’s largest projects, including Kubernetes and Prometheus.

How partner solution implemented

Projects embed the FOSSA CLI in their CI pipeline, giving every CI build hardened, enterprise-grade protection and audit-grade dependency reporting with a single command. Projects choose FOSSA because it is built for developers, with a powerful CLI, and has been a consistent supporter and adopter of standards, like SPDX for SBOMs.

Link for onboarding to your LF project

https://docs.fossa.com/docs/getting-started

Link to partner

https://fossa.com

Cloud development environments are on-demand and pre-configured with all tools, libraries and dependencies required to be ready-to-code.
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Partner name

Gitpod

What problem LF had that the partner solves

Moving to the cloud has made centralized and automated continuous integration (CI) and deployment (CD) standard in software development. However, many developers still use inconsistent, static development environments, wasting daily hours on inefficient tools that limit creativity, collaboration, and flow. Cloud development environments (CDEs) are on-demand development environments, pre-configured with all tools, libraries, and dependencies needed to build and deploy modern applications. They'll help you spend less time reviewing pull-requests or onboarding contributors and more time building great things.

How partner solution implemented

 Gitpod Cloud is a cloud development environment hosted and managed by Gitpod. It is now available to Linux Foundation project maintainers with credits of 2,500 per maintainer, per month.  

Link for onboarding to your LF project

Please apply for credits here. Make sure to check the "Linux Foundation" box. You will then be directed to follow these onboarding steps.

Link to partner

https://www.gitpod.io/

Honeycomb is an observability solution that provides complimentary usage of its platform for LF and CNCF projects.

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Partner name

Honeycomb

What problem LF had that the partner solves

Many projects that the Linux Foundation supports require a deep understanding of their performance. Insights are required at every step of the software development lifecycle: development, testing, deployment, and post-deploy. Honeycomb, an observability platform built for OpenTelemetry, provides LF projects with complimentary accounts to allow for lightning-fast debugging and deep insights on performance.

How partner solution implemented

Linux Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation projects are able to use OpenTelemetry to send telemetry (traces, metrics, and logs) for analysis, alerting, and SLOs. Please refer to our documentation for configuration information, or refer to our integrations directory to connect Kubernetes, GitHub, and other platforms to Honeycomb.

Link for onboarding to your LF project

Sign up for free and email opensource@honeycomb.io with your team name.

Link to partner

https://honeycomb.io/

Kubecost provides real-time cost visibility and insights for teams using Kubernetes, helping you continuously reduce your cloud costs.
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Partner name

Kubecost

What problem LF had that the partner solves

The Linux Foundation benefits from infrastructure credits donated by cloud providers and wants to prolong the life of those donated credits. Kubecost monitors the Linux Foundation Kubernetes infrastructure, to ensure that donated credits are used as efficiently as possible.

How partner solution implemented

Any team looking to take control of their Kubernetes spend can get started  for free by either deploying Kubecost as a Helm Chart, or signing up for Kubecost Cloud. Users can get started in minutes and quickly benefit from granular and accurate cost visibility. 

Link for onboarding to your LF project

Join our Slack community or email us at support@kubecost.com.

Link to partner

https://www.kubecost.com/

Scarf provides privacy conscious software usage analytics for commercial and free open source projects.

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Partner name

Scarf

What problem LF had that the partner solves

Scarf helps LF and its projects understand their software is used and adopted. LF projects can run more effectively if they can operate in a data-driven manner. Historically, LF and its projects for the most part haven’t had real usage analytics and don’t know who their users are. Getting that information in a way that respects end-user privacy & security is a significant undertaking, Scarf makes this simple, out of the box.

How partner solution implemented

Projects can instrument their artifact downloads, code, web properties, documentation and other content,  with Scarf. A common use case is distributing your project’s containers through Scarf, and embedding Scarf on project documentation, for a comprehensive analytics for of onboarding and usage.

Link for onboarding to your LF project

https://app.scarf.sh/register

Link to partner

https://scarf.sh

Ternary is the world’s first multi-cloud financial intelligence platform, with best-in-class visibility, powering real-time decision-making with the scale to enable the world’s largest enterprises.

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Partner name

Ternary

What problem LF had that the partner solves

Ternary’s advanced SaaS platform manages over $7B in cloud spending across multiple cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and Alibaba Cloud. Purpose-built for FinOps, Ternary provides a single pane of glass, offering insights across multiple cloud providers and ISVs to better manage cloud spending across critical areas.

How partner solution implemented

Ternary helps LF manage cloud spend across multiple cloud service providers including AWS and GCP. With "Managed Service Provider" style access controls enables LF to share Ternary across their open source projects without oversharing information.

Link for onboarding to your LF project

https://ternary.app/

Link to partner

https://ternary.app/

The Latest in Partnerships

Robert Reeves, VP of Strategic Partnerships, will present at CNCF Member Summit at KubeCon North America to update attendees on the Linux Foundation Open Source Partner Program. Select Partners will attend to meet with Members and describe the value Partners provide Linux Foundation projects and foundations.