Mentorship in Open Source

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In partnership with CNCF, ELISA, Hyperledger Foundation, Open Mainframe Project, OpenSSF, and LF Training and Certification, Mentorship in Open Source examines the intrinsic, economic, and career value of mentorship programs throughout the technology industry and among open source organizations such as the Linux Foundation. 

The report explores:

  • Succession and diversity challenges across open source projects

  • The history of mentorships within academia, open source organizations, and the origin of the LFX Mentorship program within the Linux Foundation

  • Mentorship program challenges and benefits

It concludes with a set of actionable insights for the community to help scale Mentorship programs at the Linux Foundation and within the industry as a whole.


  • Jason Perlow, Editorial Director, The Linux Foundation
  • With a foreword by Julia Lawall, Senior Scientist, French National Research Institute for Digital Science and Technology (Inria-Paris)

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Open source communities are at the heart of an explosion of technical innovation, where industry leaders, engineers, and end users are collectively creating and improving the digital infrastructure on which the global economy depends.

With an extensive community of members, connections with thousands of companies, and hundreds of thousands of open source contributors, professionals, solution providers, and users, the Linux Foundation is in a unique position to investigate the growing scale of open source collaboration, and provide insights into emerging technology trends, best practices, and global impact of open source projects.

By leveraging project databases and networks, and through a commitment to best practices in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Linux Foundation Research is designed to be the go-to repository for open source insights for the benefit of organizations and governments the world over.