Free Open Source Guides Offer Practical Advice for Building Leadership

Open Source Leadership

Building leadership in the community is key to establishing trust, enabling collaboration, and fostering the cultural understanding required to be effective in open source.

How important is leadership for evolving open source projects and communities? According to the most recent Open Source Guide for the Enterprise from The Linux Foundation and the TODO Group, building leadership in the community is key to establishing trust, enabling collaboration, and fostering the cultural understanding required to be effective in open source.

The new Building Leadership in an Open Source Community guide provides practical advice that can help organizations build leadership and influence within open source projects.

“Contributing code is just one aspect of creating a successful open source project,” says this Linux Foundation article introducing the latest guide. “The open source culture is fundamentally collaborative, and active involvement in shaping a project’s direction is equally important. The path toward leadership is not always straightforward, however, so the latest Open Source Guide for the Enterprise from The TODO Group provides practical advice for building leadership in open source projects and communities.” 

Indeed, the role of leadership in open source is often misunderstood, precisely because open source projects and communities are often structured to encourage highly distributed contribution models. Their distributed structure can obscure the need for central leaders who set goals and measure progress.

More Resources

In addition to the new guide, previous Open Source Guides for Enterprise explore related aspects of open source leadership. Here are some good ones to investigate:

  • Creating an Open Source Program. Open source program offices are emerging as critical to providing good leadership, and this free guide delves into how they can become designated places where open source is supported, nurtured, shared, explained, and grown inside a company.
  • Measuring Your Open Source Program’s Success. Good leaders of all types are skilled at measuring progress, and they stay on top of the right tools for working with metrics and project management. This free guide lays out a clear path for open source leaders to measure progress and set goals.
  • Recruiting Open Source Developers. Guy Martin, Director, Open at Autodesk, has noted that when interviewing developers, he is frequently asked how the company will help the developer build his or her own open source brand. Today, leadership calls for strategically appealing to developers and this free guide includes many best practices.
  • Improving Your Open Source Development Impact also delves into these topics. It examines various ways organizations can improve their internal development processes and prepare to contribute to open source projects.

Building Leadership in an Open Source Community, which features contributions from Gil Yehuda of Oath and Guy Martin of Autodesk, looks at how decisions are made, how to attract talent, when to join vs. when to create an open source project, and it offers specific approaches to becoming a good leader in open source communities.

“Companies often go through a phase of thinking ‘Oh, well, we’re huge. Why can’t we pound our fist on the table and just make the community do what we want?’ They soon come to realize that tactic won’t work,” writes Martin, in the guide. “They come to understand that the only way to gain leadership is to earn the role within the community. And the only way to do that is to gain credibility and make contributions.”

You’ll find the complete guide here, and you can browse an entire list of free Open Source Guides here.

The post Free Open Source Guides Offer Practical Advice for Building Leadership appeared first on The Linux Foundation.

Source: Linux Foundation

TechCrunch: Google ups its Linux Foundation membership to the $500,000/year Platinum level

“Google has long been a member of the Linux Foundation, but at the relatively low Silver level. Today, the company is stepping up its commitment by becoming a Platinum sponsor — the highest level of membership the open-source nonprofit organization currently offers.”

Read more.

The post TechCrunch: Google ups its Linux Foundation membership to the $500,000/year Platinum level appeared first on The Linux Foundation.

Source: Linux Foundation

Thirty-Five Organizations From Tech, Finance, Energy, and Biotech Join The Linux Foundation and Invest in Open Source Technology

SAN FRANCISCO – June 29, 2018 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the addition of 32 Silver members and 3 Associate members. Linux Foundation members help support development of the shared technology resources, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation. Linux Foundation member contributions help provide the infrastructure and resources that enable the world’s largest open collaboration communities.

“Without the support and resources of organizations such as these new members, we would not be able to help open source communities accelerate innovation on such a huge scale,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “We welcome all our new members and look forward to collaborating with them further.”

In addition to joining the Foundation, many of the new members have joined Linux Foundation projects like Automotive Grade Linux, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, LF Deep Learning, EdgeX Foundry, Hyperledger, LF Networking, OpenHPC and Open Mainframe Project. For a full list of members, visit

Linux Foundation Silver members are organizations that contribute to or otherwise support open source communities and projects. The new Linux Foundation Silver members who joined in the month of May are:

  • Abalta Technologies is a leading provider of technology and infotainment solutions for the global connected car market.
  • Airbiquity is a leader in vehicle telematics, geofencing, and connected car systems, with more than 7 million connected vehicles on the road.
  • Beike Finance is the leading residential property financial services provider in China.
  • BGI Shenzhen Co., known as Beijing Genomics Institute prior to 2008, is one of the world’s genome sequencing centers, headquartered in Shenzhen.
  • BlackRidge Technology develops, markets and supports a family of products that provide a next generation cyber security solution for protecting enterprise networks and cloud services.
  • Blockdaemon is a Nodes as a Service platform that empowers businesses to simply and efficiently manage blockchain applications.
  • CircleCI is a continuous integration and continuous delivery platform that helps teams work smarter, faster.
  • DiDi is the world’s leading one-stop mobile transportation platform, offering a full range of app-based mobility options for over 450 million users.
  • eBaoTech International’s mission is “make insurance easy” – pioneering the 3G insurance tech, or Java based core insurance system, eBaoTech is moving to the 4G insurance technology which is cloud native and microservices based.
  • Edgewise Networks is the industry’s first Zero Trust platform for hybrid cloud security – stopping attackers’ lateral movements and protecting workloads by allowing only verified applications, users, containers, and hosts to communicate.
  • Elastisys provides products and services in the realm of Kubernetes and automation – enabling intelligent autopiloting for IT operations, increased performance, and availability of applications, all based on world renowned cloud research.
  • EPAM Systems provider of digital platform engineering and software development services.
  • Evernym, Inc. develops software solutions that leverage distributed ledger technology to provide every individual, organization and connected device with secure and irrevocable identity.
  • Experian is a consumer credit reporting agency.
  • Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc is a full-service information technology and IT security consulting and professional services firm.
  • IOWNIT is a technology-driven investment platform built for investors, entrepreneurs, and their trusted advisors to invest, trade and raise capital in private markets.
  • Kakaopay is a mobile payment and digital wallet service by Kakao based in South Korea that allows users make mobile payments and online transactions.
  • Kyra Solutions Inc has emerged as one of the leading information technology service providers in the State of Florida.
  • Neusoft Corporation provides innovative information technology – enabled solutions and services to meet the demands arising from social transformation, to shape new life styles for individuals and to create values for the society.
  • NuCypher enables seamless and secure sharing of sensitive data between organizations as well as allows enterprises to securely use cloud service providers.
  • Octarine delivers total visibility, easy policy management, and strong app security with seamless integration with systems such as Kubernetes, Istio, and Kafka to reduce security threats, obtain compliance, and achieve simple, secure multi/hybrid-cloud.
  • Omnitude is a project to revolutionise connectivity between blockchain technologies and enterprise systems.
  • Optherium Labs is a global research and development organization building a new standard and synergy of blockchain solutions using an open source, collaborative software development approach.
  • Ping An Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd is the technology incubator for Ping An Group, with strong research and development capabilities in cloud, artificial intelligence, and big data technologies – is headquartered in Shenzhen and has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Nanjing.
  • Pokitdok is a healthcare API platform that makes it faster and easier for you to bring new healthcare applications and services to market.
  • Rocket Software helps companies around the world solve their most challenging business problems by helping them run their critical infrastructure, business processes, and data.
  • RTE (Reseau D Transport d’Electricite) is the French electricity transmission system operator responsible for operating, maintaining and developing the high and extra high voltage network.
  • Safewrd Ventures OU aims to enable and train companies to use open source and cloud technologies to release new software faster.
  • Shenzhen Ultrachain Technologies is a leading blockchain technology solutions provider.
  • Sitech Electric Automobile Industrial Co., Ltd. is a supplier of electric mobility products and services.
  • Sprint Corporation is a communications company offering a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications products and services that are designed to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers.
  • Thinkarchitecture AG supports software architects and developers in the critical phases of their projects.

Associate members of The Linux Foundation include of government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to building, sustaining, and using open source technologies. The following organizations are new Linux Foundation Associate members:

  • Budapest University of Technology & Economics is the most significant University of Technology in Hungary and is considered the world’s oldest Institute of Technology which has university rank and structure.
  • MIT Connection Science is working to unlock the trapped potential of the digital networks that surround us — from social media, to civic infrastructure systems, to enterprise databases that house and protect personal information.
  • The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is a non-profit corporation that was created in 2006 by the University of New Mexico (UNM), New Mexico State University (NMSU), and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) in partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to advance statewide collaboration in science research and promote collaboration.

With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies including networking, security, cloud, blockchain, and more. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organizations around the world.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

# # #

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page: Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

The post Thirty-Five Organizations From Tech, Finance, Energy, and Biotech Join The Linux Foundation and Invest in Open Source Technology appeared first on The Linux Foundation.

Source: Linux Foundation

Hyperledger’s Brian Behlendorf Named as Top Blockchain Influencer by New York Times

Brian Behlendorf

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project, has been named one of the top 10 influential voices in the blockchain world by the New York Times.

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project, has been named one of the top 10 influential voices in the blockchain world, in a New York Times commentary titled “The People Leading the Blockchain Revolution.” Blockchain technologywhich encompasses smart contracts, distributed ledgers, and more—is already transforming contracts, payment processing, asset protection, and supply chain management.

In the article, Behlendorf is credited with driving the evolution and widespread adoption of numerous essential blockchain platforms and tools.

“Mr. Behlendorf has helped bring in other big names who are helping to make Hyperledger the focus of much of the corporate and governmental interest in blockchains today,” the Times reports.

“Hyperledger now oversees several different blockchain projects, but its biggest product is Fabric, which is being used by everyone from Walmart to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Behlendorf, meanwhile, has tried to make sure the technology has kept its open-source soul even as it has begun to go mainstream” states the article.

Behlendorf is no stranger to protecting the open source soul of major projects or building strong open source communities. He was a primary developer of Apache Web server and a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the Apache Software Foundation.

“There is exciting stuff going on with blockchain and real-world problems are being solved,” Behlendorf said during a recent keynote address at Token Fest, a leading blockchain exhibition and conference. In his address, he provides details on how Hyperledger’s tools and platforms are being used right now.

You can watch the complete presentation below and find out much more in this article as well as on the Hyperledger website.

The post Hyperledger’s Brian Behlendorf Named as Top Blockchain Influencer by New York Times appeared first on The Linux Foundation.

Source: Linux Foundation