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LF Research publishes actionable and decision-useful insights into open source software, hardware, standards, and data based on empirical research methodologies. Through leveraging community networks, project databases, surveys, and qualitative findings, and through its commitment to best practices in primary research, Linux Foundation Research is the definitive home for data-driven insights into open source for the benefit of governments, enterprises, and society at large.

Featured Research: Open Source For Sustainability

Linux Foundation Research set out to understand how the open source community has advanced the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), conducting a comprehensive study of the LF’s diverse portfolio of projects.




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A Guide to Enterprise Open Source

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Open source software (OSS) has transformed our world and become the backbone of our digital economy and the foundation of our digital world. From the internet and the mobile apps we use daily to the operating systems and programming languages we use to build the future, OSS has played a vital role. It is the lifeblood of the technology industry. 

Organizations involved in building products or services involving software, regardless of their specific industry or sector, are likely to adopt OSS and contribute to open source projects deemed critical to their products and services. Organizations are creating open source program offices (OSPOs) to manage their open source activities, from adopting OSS and compliance with applicable licenses to participating in open standards and foundations. 

To guide their ongoing use of OSS and their engagement with the open source ecosystem, they have developed open source strategies appropriate for their organizational constraints and industry challenges.

A Guide to Enterprise Open Source offers a practical and systematic approach to establishing an open source strategy, developing an implementation plan, and accelerating an organization’s open source efforts.


  • Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, Executive Director of the LF AI & Data Foundation
  • With a foreword by David Marr, Vice President, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm Technologies

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