Google and Tencent become $500,000/year Platinum Level members of the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of open source projects to help accelerate technological development, as well as commercial and industry adoption. It serves as the home of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and lead maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman, and serves to provide a neutral home where the development of the Linux kernel can be protected and accelerated for the years to come.
Google has been a member of the Linux Foundation since quite some time, but at the lower Silver level. Silver level members for corporations come at a cost of $100,000 per year, which seems abysmally low for a company which has a $132 Billion brand value. Now, Google has become a Platinum member, sponsor to the tune of $500,000 per year (which is still a low 0.0000038% of Google’s brand value, in case you were wondering). Platinum is the highest level of membership offered by the Foundation, and as part of this move, Sarah Novotny, Google’s head of open-source strategy for the Google Cloud Platform, will join the Linux Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Google is one of the biggest contributors of open source software in the world, having released and contributed to more than 10,000 projects till date, including key Linux Foundation projects such as Cloud Foundry, Node.js, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the Open API Initiative.
Tencent also gets a seat at the Board of Directors, with Liu Xin, General Manager of Tencent’s Mobile Internet Group, taking up this post. Tencent may not be a known name outside of China, but within China, the corporation offers some of the most popular suite of websites, apps and services, such as QQ, Tencent Cloud and WeChat. Tencent was also the founder of the China Open SDN (COS) Committee, and sponsors dozens of open source projects on GitHub. Tencent had also previously announced that it intended to contribute its Angel project, a high-performance distributed machine-learning platform for big data to the Linux Foundation Deep Learning Foundation.
With these announcements, Google and Tencent join the likes of AT&T, Cisco, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, VMWare and others as a Platinum Member.