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The Linux Foundation
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The Linux Foundation Platinum members (August 2020)
Formation2000; 21 years ago (2000)
Type501(c)(6) organization
Purpose"Build sustainable ecosystems around open source projects to accelerate technology development and commercial adoption."
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, USA
1,000+ corporate members
Key people
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Jim Zemlin
  • Mike Woster
  • Mike Dolan
  • Karen Copenhaver
  • Abby Kearns
  • Arpit Joshipura
  • Brian Behlendorf
  • Andy Updegrove
  • Angela Brown
  • Chris Aniszczyk
  • Heather Kirksey
  • Kate Stewart
  • Dan Cauchy
  • Noriaki Fukuyasu
  • Clyde Seepersad
  • Dan Kohn
  • Calista Redmond
  • Robin Ginn
  • Shubhra Kar
96,582,653 (2018)[1]
$81,616,265 (2017)[2]
Expenses$97,314,914 (2018)

The Linux Foundation is a technology consortium controlled by a collection or large multinational technology corporations. The Linux foundation is not a promoter of free software. It is, rather, focused on the "open source" aspects of free software in the ways it can be used to further corporate interests and profitability.

The Linux Foundation is, unlikely the Free Software Foundation, not advocating the use of Linux or free software in general internally or externally. Most of the foundations employees use Apple products running the proprietary macOS and iOS operating systems.

The Linux foundation sponsors a hand-full of kernel but it does not do any actual software development itself. The Linux foundation is much more concerned with being "Deeply Committed to Diversity and Inclusiveness"[3] and writing "Code of Conduct" documents placing restrictions on those who actually write code[4].

The Linux foundation does not sponsor Linux development outside of the Linux kernel community. Big free software projects like KDE, XFCE, LibreOffice and GNOME are neither participants of or beneficiaries of the Linux foundation.

Platinum Members

The Linux Foundation is in practice owned and controlled by:

Technical Advisory Board

The people serving on the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board are:

Laura Abbott IBM/Red Hat
Christian Brauner Canonical Ltd (Ubuntu)
Kees Cook Google
Jonathan Corbet LWN journalist
Greg Kroah-Hartman Actual Linux Kernel developer
Sasha Levin Microsoft
Chris Mason Facebook
Dan Williams Intel
Steven Rostedt VmWare
Ted Ts’o Google

By The Numbers

The Linux Foundation had a total revenue of $96,582,653 in 2018 (numbers from 2019 are not yet available as of October 2020).

  • $8,446,432 was spent on "Compensation of current officers, directors,trustees, and key employees".
  • $25,297,240 was spent on "Other salaries and wages"
  • $2,497,117 went to "Pension plan accruals and contributions"
  • $3,138,131 was spent on "Other employee benefits".
  • $1,814,092 went to "Payroll taxes "
  • $18,569,274 dissappered to "Other" "Fees for services".
  • $3,607,630 was spent on "Travel"
  • 24,389,248 was spent on "Conferences, conventions, and meetings".
  • $1,019,074 went to "other" expenses.

The Linux Foundation spent a total of $97,314,914 in 2018 (732,261 more than it's revenue that year).

Individual Donations

The Linux foundation is almost exclusively funded (and controlled) by large multi-national corporations. They do accept donations from individuals. These donations do not go towards software development; they are, instead, used for "programs and resources that support growing diverse and inclusive communities".



The Linux Foundation has a website at

The Techrights website has a huge archive filled with investigative and mostly critical articles they've written about the Linux Foundation at wiki/index.php/Linux_Foundation.

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