Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a merger of the Open Source Development Labs ( OSDL ) and the Free Standards Group. The aim of the non-profit consortium is to support the growth of Linux, and promoting. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source software projects to successfully compete with proprietary platforms such as Windows.

The Linux Foundation has about 150 members (as of 2012) to from the IT hardware, software, networking and telecommunications.


On 21 January 2007, the Linux Foundation has, from a merger of " Open Source Development Labs ' ( OSDL ) and the " Free Standards Group "was founded.

In September 2009, joined the Linux Foundation, the microprocessor manufacturer VIA Technologies, the microprocessor architect ARM Limited and the software maker Citrix - and other members - at.

In August 2010, among other things, the software developer Qualcomm Innovation Center ( QuIC ) joined.

In July 2011, Toyota joined the first major automaker in the Linux Foundation. The micro- blogging platform Twitter joined the Foundation in August of 2012.


In addition to the standardization of the legal protection of open source developers, paying important Linux developers like Linus Torvalds or Greg Kroah- Hartman, providing a neutral forum for collaboration between Linux company and the protection and management of the brand Linux the main tasks of the Linux Foundation.

Working groups

In addition to the well-known group, the Linux Standard Base, there are other working groups that deal with standardization. The group OpenI18N working on a base for linguistic internationalization of programs and distributions to turn easier to locate them later. The Working Group Open Printing deals with the demands of professional printing solutions such as management, reliability, security, scalability, etc., while the group Accessibility defined standards to allow access to Linux systems, including people with disabilities.

Others, some smaller working groups, each covering different sub-areas to the overall topic of standardization of Linux.


The Linux Foundation shares its members an annual fee according to Platinum, Gold and Silver Members. Platinum and Gold members are state March 1, 2014, the following companies and research institutions:

  • Google
  • Oracle
  • QuIC
  • SUSE
  • Citrix
  • ETRI
  • NYSE Technologies
  • Toyota

Among the more than 100 Silver Members include, inter alia, Adobe, ARM, Barnes & Noble, Canonical, Dell, DreamWorks SKG, EMC Corporation, Epson, JP Morgan, Lexmark, LG, Linpus, NTT, Nvidia, MIPS Technologies, Parallels, Red Hat, Ricoh, Siemens, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Twitter, VIA, VMware and Yahoo.