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More and more software is being created using the open source methodology. The open source concept solves some problems traditionally addressed through the use of standards, but still relies on standards when it is put into practical use, as do other types of software. Organizations involved in open source projects are of many types, from W3C, which facilitates the creation of open source software based on the standards that it also creates, to the GNU Project, which promotes the GNU Public License, to various organizations which create or add to operating systems (like Linux) and applications (like To learn more about open source software, see: What does "Open" Mean? (A Guide to Open Source and Open Standards) and

To use this list, click on an organization's name to view a description of that organization and to access links that will take you to its homepage and (if relevant and available) its IPR policy.


.Net Foundation
Promotes open development and collaboration around the open source technologies for .NET

88open Consortium
Developed standards intended to support the use of the Motorola 88000 series of RISC microprocessors

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Debian Project
Maintains and promotes the Debian GNU/Linux distribution

Desktop Linux Consortium
Promoted the GNU/Linux operating system for desktop use

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Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC)
Developed, advanced, and promoted Linux standards *Merged into the Linux Foundation

Emdebian Project, The
Develops and promotes a minimized version of Debian GNU/Linux, and additional tools, for use in embedded projects

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Free Standards Group (FSG)
Developed and promoted standards through the use of open source software *Merged with OSDL to form The Linux Foundation

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Gelato Federation
Developed computing solutions for Itanium Linux platform *Ceased operations in 2009

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LiMo Foundation
Developed and promoted an open Linux-based operating system for mobile devices *Became Tizen Association

Linux Foundation
Develops and promotes the growth of Linux
Supports and promotes further evolution of the Linux operating system

LSB Project (LSB)
Promotes interoperability in Linux systems

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Developed open source middleware *In 2005, ObjectWeb merged with Orientware to form OW2 Consortium.

Open Automotive Alliance
Develops installing the Android platform into automobiles

Open Information Security Foundation (OISF)
Develops intrusion detection and prevention engines

Open Mashup Alliance (OMA)
Promotes the adoption of mashup solutions in the enterprise through the evolution of enterprise mashup standards

Open Source Development Lab (OSDL)
Developed data center and telco class enhancement open source Linux developers *Merged with The Free Standards Group to form The Linux Foundation

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Tizen Association
Develops and promotes the industry role of Tizen and its mobile market presence

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Developed a common base Linux distribution for enterprise use

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X Consortium
Developed the Unix X Window System and related standards
Maintains the X Windows system, a Unix-based interface

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