Open Source Guides For The Enterprise

Leverage best practices for running an open source program office or starting an open source project in your organization. Developed by The Linux Foundation in partnership with the TODO Group, these resources represent the experience of our staff, projects, and members.

Running an Open Source Program Office

Creating an Open Source Program

Learn how to establish a program to manage internal open source use and external contributions.

Open Source Management Tools

Discover the range of tools available for tracking and managing open source projects.

Measuring Your Open Source Program’s Success

Read more about the ways that top organizations are evaluating ROI of their open source programs and contributions.

Recruiting Developers

Learn how companies can recruit developers, or build internal talent, by creating an open source culture and contributing to open source projects.

Participating in Open Source Communities

Understand the importance of devoting internal developer resources to open source participation, and how to best approach it.

Using Open Source Code

Ensure that your organization meets its legal obligations when integrating open source code in your commercial products.


Managing an Open Source Project in Your Organization

Starting an Open Source Project

Learn the process, budget, legal considerations and more tips on how to start your own open source project.

Improving Your Open Source Development Impact

Discover how you and your company can improve your internal development process and prepare to contribute to the open source projects that matter most to your company.

Open Source Guides Reading List

21 must-read books for open source program managers, recommended by members of the TODO Group.

Winding Down an Open Source Project

Explore advice on how to shut down or disengage from an open source project.

Building Leadership in an Open Source Community

Learn how organizations can build influence and leadership within open source projects.

Setting an Open Source Strategy

Realize ROI on your open source investment by learning how to best manage, participate and create open source software by aligning it with your business objectives.


These resources were created in partnership with the TODO (Talk Openly, Develop Openly) Group – the professional open source networking group at The Linux Foundation. A special thanks goes out to the open source program managers who contributed their time and knowledge to making these comprehensive guides. Participating companies include Autodesk, Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, Oath (Yahoo + AOL), Red Hat, Salesforce, Samsung and VMware. To learn more, visit:

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