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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.


CodePlex Foundation
Hosts open source development projects and promotes code exchange among software companies and open source communities *Now OuterCurve Foundation

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Eclipse Foundation
Maintains an open-source community for building, deploying, and managing software

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Free Software Foundation (FSF)
Develops and promotes the free software movement

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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GENIVI Alliance
Develops and supports Linux-based operating systems, middleware and platforms for automotive In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) products and services

GNU Project
Promotes the free GNU licensing model and hosts the Free Software Foundation

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

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

Open Source And Industry Alliance (OSAIA)
Advocated for the open source community

Open Source Consortium (OSC)
Promotes the Open Source business community (United Kingdom)

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

Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Promotes and manages the Open Source definition and provides related licensing certification

Open Source Software Institute (OSSI)
Promotes the development and implementation of open-source software solutions

Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA)
Promotes awareness and understanding of Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)

Open Web Foundation
Develops and promotes open, non-proprietary specifications for web technologies

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Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) Working Group
Develops, maintains, and promotes the SPDX specification
Provides free services to Open Source developers

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The Common Criteria User Forum
Promotes the Common Criteria certification and improves the certification/validation process

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