Linux Foundation

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What it is

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit trade association to promote, protect and advance Linux Operating System & collaborate development of Linux based software. The foundation is supported by Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm and Samsung and developers around the world.<ref>Citation needed</ref>

The Linux Foundation promotes, protects, and standardizes Linux "by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms". The origin of the foundation can be traced back to the year 2000, with its original goals being to "accelerate the deployment of Linux for enterprise computing" and "to be the recognized center-of-gravity for the Linux industry"<ref>Linux Foundation</ref>.

Goals of the foundation

The goals of the Linux foundation is to promote and advance the understandings of the Linux software with no charge. They also sponsor Linux developers so they can work full time on their programming. The Linux Foundation offers application developers standardization services and support that makes Linux an attractive target for their development efforts.

They support the Linux community by providing technical information and education during annual events such as; LinuxCon.


The Linux foundation alongside various companies have produced various open source tools and infrastructure to achieve compliance at lower costs, increasing cross-organization efficiency and integration of compliance with product development; examples of such programs include:

  • FOSSology (which scans codebases, identifies licenses in use, creates machine readable license lists, and enables automatic notice file creation).
  • SPDX Tools (tools for validating, transforming, reading, and writing SPDX format files).
  • Dependency Checker (capable of identifying code combinations at the dynamic and static link level).
  • Code Janitor (provides linguistic review capabilities to make sure developers did not leave comments in the source code).

for a comprehensive look at the projects produced by the Linux foundation, view ""


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