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Significant Open Source Foundations

Click on a consortium name to view a description of that consortium and to access links that will take you to its homepage, supported standards and (if available) its IPR policy.


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

3MF Consortium
Develops and maintains a 3D printing format for designing applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to other applications, platforms, services and printers

AllSeen Alliance
Supports the development and adoption of open-source products, systems and services that support the Internet of Things

Apache XML Project
Developed and promoted freely available XML support on a variety of platforms *Dissolved and moved to the Apache Attic in 2012

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Cloud Foundry
Promotes awareness and adoption of the Cloud Foundry open source project

Code Aurora
Supports the mobile wireless industry through development of tested code needed to bring open source-based products to market

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

Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF)
Promoted the use of the Linux platform for consumer electronics *Merged with the Linux Foundation in 2010

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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 *Inactive

Develops open source drone projects in order to create a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

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

Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC)
Developed, advanced, and promoted Linux standards *Merged with Linux Foundation in 2010

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

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

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Gelato Federation
Developed computing solutions for Itanium Linux platform *Inactive since 2009

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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Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV)
Develops and promotes standards for broadcast and broadband delivery through connected TVs and set-top boxes (Europe)

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Internet Systems Consortium (ISC)
Develops and promotes Open Source reference implementations of core Internet protocols

Develops and maintains an open source software framework enabling device-to-device connectivity to address the needs of the Internet of Things

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

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

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Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC)
Develops and applies software systems to address issues in the best-practice management, analysis, and use of materials information in enterprises in the aerospace, defense, and energy sectors
Develops and promotes the open source Firefox web-browser

Develops and maintains a standard for reporting data in the resort industry

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Developed open source middleware *Merged with Orientware in 2005 to form OW2 Consortium

Open Automotive Alliance
Promotes the installation of the Android platform into automobiles

Open Cloud Consortium (OCC)
Maintains cloud computing infrastructure to support scientific research

Open Connectivity Foundation
Promotes the development of a standard specification and interoperable, open source projects to ensure secure and reliable device discovery and connectivity

Open Data Platform
Promotes the state of Apache Hadoop and Big Data technologies for enterprise

Open Dots Alliance
Promotes the Open Dots specification for wire-free power technology for consumer electronics devices

Open Group IT4IT Forum
Develops and promotes the IT4IT Reference Architecture for managing the business of IT

Open Mashup Alliance (OMA)
Promotes the adoption of mashup services and applications through evolution of enterprise mashup standards

Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)
Promotes the development of Network Fuctions Virtualization (NFV)

Open Source And Industry Alliance (OSAIA)
Promoted and advocated for the interests of the open source community *Inactive

Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF)
Promotes wide adoption of Open Source application software

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 in 2007 to form The Linux Foundation

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
Promotes and supports the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promotes its widespread use

Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA)
Promotes the expansion of open source hardware

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 non-proprietary, open-source compatible specifications for web technologies

OpenAjax Alliance
Promoted the use and adoption of open, interoperable Ajax-based Web technologies *Dissolved in 2013

OpenAPI Initiative
Promotes open source Rest API formats

Promotes the development and adoption of the OpenDaylight platform

Develops open source software for securing identity-based Web services based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards
Promoted the use of Apache OpenOffice open source office suite software *Inactive

OpenPOWER Foundation
Promotes the POWER architecture and customization of POWER CPU processors and system platforms for optimization and innovation

OpenSAF Foundation
Develops middleware based on open and industry standard interfaces for applications

Maintains pools of compute, storage, and networking resources

Develops and maintains a registry of unique researcher identifiers linked to researcher activities and output

OuterCurve Foundation
Promotes code exchange among software companies and open source communities, and hosts open source development projects

OW2 Consortium
Promotes the development of open-source middleware, generic business applications and cloud computing platforms

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Develops and promotes Power Architecture technology

Project JXTA
Develops, maintains and promotes the use of JTXA technology for peer-to-peer network communications and collaboration

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Scope Alliance (SCOPE)
Promoted the deployment of carrier grade base platforms for service provider applications *Dissolved in 2012

SmartDeviceLink (SDL) Consortium
Promotes SmartDeviceLink, a standard set of protocols and messages that connect applications on a smartphone to a vehicle head unit

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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Tizen Association
Develops and promotes the industry role of Tizen and its mobile market presence *Now hosted by the Linux Foundation

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Developed a common base Linux distribution for enterprise use *Dissolved in 2004

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X Consortium
Developed the Unix X Window System and related standards *Merged with The Open Group in 1996; spun out later as
Maintains the X Windows system, a Unix-based interface

XFree86 Project, Inc.
Promoted XFree86, an open source X11-based desktop infrastructure *Dissolved in 2003

Xiph.Org Foundation
Develops and promotes open source, multimedia related projects

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Yocto Project
Promotes the creation of custom Linux-based systems for embedded products

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