It’s no question that hiring open source talent is a top priority for hiring managers. But how can you gain the skills you need to stand out from the crowd? Training courses and certifications are a great place to start (and our curriculum is built by some of the world’s top open source leaders). But, likely, you’ll also want to advance your open source skills with real-world experience through a mentorship program.

Open source talent is in demand

Mentees and Mentors gather at a past Linux Foundation event.
Mentees & Mentors gather at a past Linux Foundation event

According to the 2020 Open Source Jobs Report, 81% of hiring managers said that hiring open source talent was a top priority. And these numbers are expected to grow, with more companies looking to hire new talent in Linux, DevOps, cloud, and security.

While this is good news for the open source job market, nearly all hiring managers (93%) say they’re struggling to find the right talent with sufficient skills. Current employees are also eager to up-level their skills, with 68% of open source professionals reporting they planned to get certified within the year (up from a steady 47% since 2016).

Remote work due to COVID-19 has made it even easier for many professionals to access these programs. But they can still be costly if your employer doesn’t cover exam costs or if you’re just entering the open source workforce. Additionally, many employers require previous work experience before hiring recent grads, which typically requires completing an internship or mentorship.

How Moja Global built mentorships during COVID-19

This is exactly the situation that many university students found themselves in last fall when traditional internship opportunities dried up due to the pandemic. Not only are these programs a prerequisite for graduation, they’re essential to landing jobs out of school.

Faced with this challenge, a group of students in India reached out to Moja Global (whose mission is to support ambitious climate change) about creating an internship project to tackle climate change and deforestation. Project leaders reached out to their community to source mentors, and this quickly developed into the Using Machine Learning to Predict Deforestation mentorship.

Moja Global Mentorship, Fall 2020
Moja Global Mentorship, Fall 2020

This fostered rich discussions between students and mentors from a wide range of backgrounds, resulting in innovative solutions to the project’s problems. And most importantly, mentees were able to build their skills through hands-on experience. They worked alongside mentors who are top contributors themselves, to develop open source projects with real-world applications.

Real-world experience through mentorships

While certifications and training programs can help you learn the foundational skills of open source, think of a mentorship as the chance to apply that knowledge. Moja Global’s program is just one of many hosted each year as part of the Linux Foundation Mentorship Program.

These mentorship programs are designed to give mentees real-world experience contributing to some of the world’s most critical open source projects. This program aims to help train the next generation of open source developers, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

As a mentee you’ll learn from experienced open source contributors. You’ll work on real projects like the Linux Kernel, LF Networking, Hyperledger, and others. And you’ll have the chance to gain invaluable connections to your mentors and peers, which can lead to future opportunities upon graduation.

The entire program is run through LFX Mentorship, which streamlines everything from task assignments and progress reports, to stipend payments and mentorship communications. Upon graduation, you’ll walk away with a certificate of graduation and a lot of applicable experience.

Daniel W. S. Almeida credits his Linux Kernel Mentorship with helping initiate his software engineering career. “This remote internship provided me with a taste of what working with the kernel community is like,” he explains. “The mentorship program and its mentors’ structure is paramount to get new developers on track. It was also so much fun to be a part of!” He plans to continue contributing to the kernel and is now also a Vidtv Maintainer.

To date, 175 mentees have graduated from Linux Foundation mentorships and more than $700k in stipends have been paid out to mentees. We also have a thriving community of more than 200 active mentors who provide expert support and training. And these numbers continue to grow with new mentorships launching each term.

Current Mentorship Programs:

  • Linux Kernel
  • LF Networking
  • Hyperledger
  • CNCF
  • OpenHPC
  • Open Mainframe Project
  • GraphQL

3 tips to find the right mentorship fit

Interested in participating? The first step is to apply! But don’t wait. Spots are limited and the deadline for Fall term applications is this Thursday, August 12th.

Here are a few tips to apply:

  1. Read the program guidelines
    Before you apply, take some time to read through program resources. While expectations can differ between mentorships, we encourage you to read through the Mentee Guide for details including eligibility requirements and how to prepare your application.
  2. Find the right mentorship for you
    Carefully review program details and requirements before you apply. Remember: You’ll be working with this project for the next few months, so make sure it’s the right fit. Think about the skills you’re looking to build during this mentorship, as well as how the experience will help you in your future career.
  3. Submit a stand-out application
    Cater your application to the program, just like you would when applying for a job. Many programs receive thousands of applications, so be sure to customize your application for the role. In addition to your relevant skills, we want to hear more about you and why you’re interested in this particular program.

Find your mentorship today on LFX

Does a mentorship program sound like the right fit for you? If so, you’d better hurry – applications for the Fall term close on Thursday, August 12.

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your docs and pull requests, contributing to projects which are changing the world!

Are you on the hiring side, looking to attract top talent for your open source initiatives? Consider launching a mentorship or sponsoring existing programs. Find out more here.

How to Grow Your Community with Data-Driven Insights

Learn how to harness project data analytics to grow your open source community and ensure project health. In this blog post we’ll cover:

  • Where to start when building a data-driven engagement plan.
  • How to use tools like LFX Insights to build a picture of your current ecosystem
  • Quick steps you can take to start growing your community today

Building a strong community is critical for the long-term success of any open source project. After all, Kubernetes didn’t become the leader it is now without the power of a highly engaged, global community of contributors. But how can a project grow that kind of following? You first have to know who’s already part of your team.

It starts with your community

In-person events like KubeCon 2019 are one way to develop a healthy open source project community.
KubeCon 2019

We know community development is important, but projects often struggle to understand their current base of contributors. To build a complete view of your ecosystem, you need more than just pull requests and commits. You need to understand the people behind these numbers: Where do they work? What other projects do they contribute to? Are they engaging with your project elsewhere–on social media, events, or training courses?

You also need to understand how the community you’re building impacts the growth of your project. Sure, you might be able to pull insights data from GitHub, but do you know which companies are contributing most to your project? And what about across all of your projects and sub-projects? Also, how does your project health compare against other, similar projects out there?

Finding answers in data

These questions are top of mind for projects like the TARS Foundation, who see data as a lens through which to understand and grow their community. They’ve thought a lot about how data can help address critical project health and sustainability questions, and have come up with an approach to measure the health of their open source community.

I’m sure you’ll agree that knowing more about your community through data helps you make more informed decisions. But pulling together the variety of metrics to give you that holistic view may seem daunting. Most open source communities use an assortment of tools that typically don’t have built-in integrations. Just hunting these down can be challenging, not to mention aggregating and analyzing the data.

Your data in one place

Successful open source projects like the TARS Foundation and Kubernetes skipped this pain and found a solution, using the Linux Foundation’s LFX Insights.

LFX Insights provides a holistic view of your project’s data across 15+ sources. This includes CI/CD insights from tools like GitHub, Jenkins, and CircleCI; stories and issues from tools like Jira; and social engagement data from Slack, Cision, Twitter, and more. For more complex open source projects such as the TARS Foundation, subproject data can be aggregated into rolled-up dashboards providing a big-picture view of your overall project health, engineering efficiency, and project ecosystem without any manual report generation.

LFX Insights has 15+ data sources to measure open source project health, engineering efficiency, and community development.
15+ Data Sources and Growing

Grow your community with data

So how do you make the most of all this data to build a thriving community? Here are a few steps to get you started.

Step 1: Turn your goals into questions

Data is only as good as how you use it. Before you go too far down a rabbit hole, identify your goals and focus them around 1-3 questions. For example, if your goal is to grow your community then consider starting with questions about your current audience.

  • Goal: Grow our project community by X% in the next year.
  • Questions:
    • What does our community currently look like?
    • What motivates them to contribute and engage with us?
    • How does our community compare with other projects similar to us?

Step 2: Dive into the data

You have your set of questions, so now you’re ready to identify the appropriate data sources and what to look for. Let’s revisit our questions from step 1 and start searching LFX Insights for answers.

  • Question: What does our community currently look like?
    • Use Technical Metrics Dashboards to identify top contributors and companies.
    • You can also find your most engaged influencers on Twitter using the Social Media Metrics Dashboards.
  • Question: What motivates them to contribute and engage with us?
    • Identify popular keywords and topics related to your project with Ecosystem Metrics and Social Media Metrics Dashboards.
    • Submit a request to expand this list to include custom topics or hashtags to track events or competitors of interest.
  • Question: How does our community compare with other projects similar to us?
    • Compare your project’s performance against similar projects and track growth trends over time using the Compare Project Health (Beta) Dashboard.

Use these insights to set a baseline (which you will measure against later), a target (we will grow to match X project), and a strategy (what’s next). But remember: While data can give you a good picture of what’s going on, you may need to do additional research (like interviews or surveys) to get the full answer.

Step 3: Convert learnings into action

Once you have a data-driven picture of your current community, it’s time to build an engagement plan. So here are some easy community-building ideas to get you started.

  • Share Community Leaderboard stats with your community to highlight your top contributors and encourage healthy competition. Also, be sure to check out the top hashtags from your Social Media Metrics Dashboards to get inspiration for blog and speaking topics that your community is interested in.
  • Use the top-10 company contribution rankings from the Technical Metrics Dashboards to motivate members into investing more time and resources.
  • Finally, offer rewards and incentives to your top influencers and contributors. It can be something as simple as sending an email to celebrate their work and say “thanks.” This will encourage and inspire others.

Step 4: Rinse and Repeat

Finally, continue to monitor your dashboards to make sure what you’re doing is working. Data updates automatically in LFX Insights, and new data sources are added regularly. So you’ll always have the most up-to-date view of performance.

Get started with LFX Insights

Hopefully this helps you consider using data to grow your project community. LFX Insights is a powerful tool to get you started, so why not take advantage of it?

Lines of Code
Lines of Code
Lines of Code

LFX Insights is available for all projects hosted by the Linux Foundation. So whether you’re a contributor, end user, or enthusiast of open source technologies, you’ll have access to data about the projects you care about. Check out to get started.

Need more help making the most of LFX Insights for your project or company? Have a specific report or research project in mind? We’d be happy to help! Please reach out to set up some time with us.

Insights Release: July 2021

As someone who is key to driving your open source community’s technical direction, governance, and steering, how do you measure and understand engagement with your project contributors on Social Media? Which topics being discussed on these networks have the most impact or influence on your project’s development and overall adoption?

LFX Insights now supports Twitter, the most popular social media channel for many open source project communities. Keep reading to learn more about this release and how to make the most of the new Social Media Dashboards, and gain a better understanding of your project’s ecosystem and identify opportunities for deeper engagement with key contributors and trending topics in your industry.

Release Highlights:

  • Social Media Metrics Dashboards: Six new Social Media Metrics Dashboards provide high-level insights into a project’s social media engagement and ecosystem, including content performance, trending hashtags, and top contributors.
  • New Data Source – Twitter: This release includes Twitter support for channel- and post-level metric and hashtag search functionality. Additional social media channels coming soon.

Cutting Through the Noise

Does your project use Twitter to share updates and engage with your community? If so, how do you keep track of all the conversations happening out there–about your project and the greater open source world at large?

The social media space can get noisy, with more than 1M Twitter users following and engaging with #opensource content in just the past seven days, according to real-time hashtag tracker BrandMentions. And without deeper insights, how could you tap into the fact that #devops and #AI or #artificialintelligence are the top-trending hashtags for Kubernetes this week? Tracking these and more social media insights open new opportunities for relevant and timely engagement with your communities. But how to access these insights?

More than 1M Twitter users are following and engaging with #opensource content in just the past 7 days.

— BrandMentions

Built for Open Source Projects

There are a number of paid tools out there, such as Sprinklr and Sprout Social, but most of these are designed for large-scale enterprises. These platforms tend to be costly, often requiring complex set-up to get started. Those that do offer small business options still charge per user for access, a cost that can add up for an open source project with a large pool of project maintainers and community managers needing access. This just doesn’t cut it for most open source projects, who see the value of social media insights to help drive community engagement, but may not have the large marketing budgets required to purchase these traditional tools.

We launched Ecosystem Trends Earned Media Dashboards earlier this year to help fill this need for project community teams, as part of a greater vision to provide a complete picture of your project’s ecosystem. This is provided through LFX Insights for all projects hosted by the Linux Foundation, and everyone who is a contributor or supporting member of that project has access free of charge.

Tools For Richer Social Media Engagement

This vision is one step closer to being realized, with Twitter support and Social Media Metrics Dashboards. While Ecosystem Trends provide a high-level overview of your broader community, these six new dashboards give you a deeper understanding of what’s happening and where to engage. Here’s a quick description of each of them.

High-level View: Overview Dashboard

Monitor the overall health and performance of your project’s Twitter accounts and trending keywords on the Overview Dashboard. This dashboard provides a high-level overview of the project’s channel-level performance, including follower metrics, post summary, and a breakdown of top hashtags.

Twitter Overview Dashboard

Overview Dashboard Metrics Include:

  • Twitter Insights: Get a top-level glimpse of how well you’re performing on social media with key metrics related to your project’s Twitter accounts.
  • Tweets Summary: See what’s been published by your project’s Twitter account for a given time period, and how well each piece of content is performing.
  • Hashtags Summary: Hashtags are an important indicator of what topics are trending for your project community. See the top ones used in your posts and related conversations (i.e., retweets).
  • Links (URLs) Summary: Understand where you’re sending your Twitter followers most often by tracking the performance of the links you share, including which are clicked on.
  • Languages Summary: Get to know the breakdown of your global audience by tracking the languages they use the most in conversation with your project’s Twitter account.
  • Contributors Summary: Who are your top engagers on Twitter? Understanding who is most engaged with your project’s account can help you turn followers into advocates.

Dive into these dashboards for a deeper understanding of how your social media content is performing. Identify which posts are most popular on the Tweets Dashboard, or identify the top languages used by your community on the Languages Dashboard. The Links (URLs) Dashboard is especially useful for keeping track of content engagement.

Tweets Dashboard Metrics:

  • Tweets: This table ranks all of your Twitter content in a given time period by potential impressions, giving you a great understanding of which posts have been the most successful at reaching your community.
  • Tweet Breakdown: Understand how engaged your community is with your content with this colored bar graph showing tweets and retweets on a periodic basis.
  • Likes Over Time: See how well-liked your content is overall with this bar graph that represents the number of likes received on your tweets over time.
  • Retweets Over Time: Track how often your community is resharing your posts with this simple line graph that represents the number of retweets over time.
  • Tweet Frequency: Measure how much content you post on Twitter with this shaded line graph that depicts the total number of tweets posted by your project’s account over time.

  • Links (URL) Summary: View the links that you’ve shared in your Twitter posts for a given time period, ranked by potential impressions. This table includes links to the URLs, total number of contributors who tweeted or retweeted the URL, along with the number of tweets and retweets by contributors in the time range.
  • Top URLs by Tweets: Get a quick breakdown of the top-performing URLs you’ve shared, ranked by the number of times they’re mentioned over a period of time.

Languages Dashboard Metrics:

  • Languages Used: Understand which languages you and your community are using to engage on social media. This table ranks languages used across published tweets and (i.e., retweets), ordered by the number of tweets.
  • Top Languages by Tweets: Get a quick view of the most-used languages over a given time period with this curved line graph.

Track the hashtags that are relevant to your project community and identify new trending topics to engage with. This dashboard provides an overview of hashtag usage and performance across the project’s Twitter posts and related conversations (i.e., retweets).

Hashtags Dashboard Metrics:

  • Hashtags Used: Understand what topics are trending in your project’s Twitter posts and conversations. This table lists top trending hashtags ordered by highest potential impressions.
  • Top Hashtags: Use this hashtag word cloud to quickly see the topics most associated with your project’s Twitter posts and conversations.
  • Top Hashtags Breakdown: Get a feel for the volume of conversations around your top hashtags with this pie chart that gives you a breakdown by percentage and number of times the hashtag is mentioned in tweets and retweets.

Tap Into Your Community: Contributors Dashboard

One of the most powerful tools for any open source project is your community. Turn followers into advocates by engaging with your community and showing your appreciation to top contributors. This dashboard provides an overview of social media users (i,e., contributors or influencers) who have engaged with the project’s Twitter posts or mentioned their account. An engagement can be a like, comment, or retweet.

Contributors Dashboard Metrics:

  • Contributors List: Identify your most engaged contributors so you can turn them into your advocates. This table lists the Twitter handles that have engaged most with your content, ordered by the most number of potential impressions for the tweets and retweets by that user.
  • User Mentions: Who from your project community are you showing love to? Who might you be missing? Use this table to monitor which Twitter handles are mentioned most often in your tweets within a selected time range.

Make the Most of LFX Insights – Connect Your Twitter Account

Make the most of LFX Insights and nurture deeper engagement with your project community on social media. All projects hosted by the Linux Foundation can take advantage of these new Social Media Dashboards. We’ll be working closely with project teams over the next few weeks to connect their Twitter accounts and capture key search terms and hashtags to track. So if you don’t yet see Twitter data for your project on Insights, know that it’s coming soon.

Social Media Dashboards with no data source configured

If you’re in charge of social media for your project, simply reach out to connect Twitter as a data source for your project.

It isn’t always hard to spot open source initiatives with great potential. When several end users have deployed a new solution or feature set and organizations have used it to fill a gaping business need or functionality gap, mass marketplace validation may not be far behind. But what determines whether an emerging innovation becomes the next Kubernetes or quietly remains in the shadows never to draw large-scale awareness? Oftentimes, the main factor is funding.

We created LFX Crowdfunding to increase the odds of making the projects that could have a profound impact on the open source and larger business communities financially viable. It differs from other public fundraising tools in that it was built by an open source organization, for the open source community, and in a manner consistent with open source values. Our twist on public underwriting provides several unique advantages that won’t be found in competing crowdfunding tools or alternative funding models.

It’s Tailor-made for Critical Projects

Crowdfunding was designed to help developers, project maintainers, end users, individual investors, companies, and other stakeholders raise and manage the money needed to expand the reach of fast-growing, potentially game-changing innovations. With a focus on project quality rather than quantity, Crowdfunding is intended for those select initiatives that are gaining steam in the community, adding thousands of new users each year, and on the cusp of widespread adoption. The tool helps purveyors of these increasingly popular experimental features and functionality attract all of the resources, tangible and intangible, needed to achieve massive scale.

It’s Neutral

LFX Crowdfunding is an alternative to the gig economy model, on which the tech industry is increasingly relying. It ensures neutrality in a way that isn’t possible when a developer signs a statement of work with an individual company for a single project. The gig economy’s pay-to-play dynamic potentially locks freelancing open source specialists into the payor’s vision for a feature, functionality, or business process, which could limit their flexibility to incorporate the community’s input should its desires conflict with the funder’s. Crowdfunding enables innovators to remain neutral in their development efforts—money comes into a central “portal,” and project contributors can apply it to what’s best for the new technology project, meetup or event, security audit, or travel initiative as a whole.

Start Raising Funds

It’s Transparent

It’s important that individuals and companies know that project participants are spending their money efficiently and responsibly at all times. That’s why LFX Crowdfunding grants funders access to all spending records associated with the open source programs they back. Technical and financial contributors can log into the Crowdfunding portal anytime to view every stipend, travel expense, laptop purchase, or any other expenditure associated with a project. And unlike competing public fundraising offerings that come with no oversight on project maintainers, every expense request is fully vetted by LFX to ensure adherence to strict spending policies which require that all outlays are reasonable and vital to the project.

KiCad Project Ledger
KiCad Project Ledger

Governance measures and compliance enforcement don’t end there. Project maintainers, participating finance contributors, and administrators can utilize timesheets in the Crowdfunding app for work-time accounting purposes, thereby giving benefactors the peace of mind that labor is productive and allocated appropriately. Dashboards provide those same stakeholders leading or executing a given initiative visibility into the progress made in reaching stated objectives and overall project performance at any given time.

It’s Dependable

Enterprise Adoption

With many backers betting large sums of money on Crowdfunding projects, the Linux Foundation also sets and actively enforces high technical standards generally expected of any corporate entity. To that end, the Linux Foundation actively verifies and displays proof that vulnerabilities have been detected and bugs are continually being fixed. The neutral nonprofit also confirms and displays a list of all enterprises using an asset at the heart of a given project in the Crowdfunding app so that contributors have a sense of which and how many organizations will benefit from the initiative.

It Frees You Up to Code

Critical open source projects like the Linux Kernel and Kubernetes have inherent legal and tax implications that add a layer of accounting and compliance work. These responsibilities take open source professionals away from the core tasks at hand. Thus, in addition to providing spending oversight and governance, we process all of the required tax documentation at the end of each fiscal year, including those for personnel and donations. With LFX Crowdfunding, software programmers can focus on what they do best—coding, testing, and fixing bugs—rather than burning precious time on administrative duties.

It’s Free

Since many open source projects are grassroots by nature, project leaders cannot afford to have social funding platform costs eat too much into their budgets. While others charge anywhere from 5 to 13 percent for general use of their crowdfunding applications, credit card processing, and tax form preparation, project founders don’t pay a penny for the first $10 million raised via LFX Crowdfunding—those proceeds go directly toward creating value, which is particularly critical to our members who typically aren’t working with massive budgets and must make efficient use of resources.

The Linux Foundation is exploring ways to work with corporate sponsors to make the entire service free in the future, thereby increasing the odds that new developments that could be of value to them and others in the business world survive and thrive.

It’s Flexible

Individuals or companies anywhere in the world can make one-time or recurring contributions via credit card or invoiced payment.

LFX Crowdfunding helps those looking to initiate new open source projects find everything they need in one place—they can now get financing, in addition to technology, legal, training, and project management support. Software coders looking to fill a technology gap, find a market for a crucial back-end process, or piece together solutions using existing open-source tools can use Crowdfunding to get their projects off the ground and draw those initial large-scale investors that lay the foundation for a “stickier” membership model.

The Linux Foundation has put more than $800,000 of its own money toward many of the promising initiatives being financed by Crowdfunding and will continue to do so in the future. After all, sometimes it takes a crowd to bankroll the next Linux Kernel.

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise the money you need to sustain and grow your projects, support community events, or cover the costs of mentorship programs. But what is crowdfunding exactly? And how can you take advantage of this tool for your open source initiative?

Read on to learn what Jono Bacon, leading speaker on community and author of People Powered: How communities can supercharge your business, brand, and teams, has to say.

You may have heard the word “crowdfunding” floating around the tech industry for the last few years. “It’s the future of product launches,” and other attention-grabbing statements about it may have turned your head.

What Is Crowdfunding?

It’s true what people are saying, however let’s first discuss what crowdfunding is. Why is it valuable to you? As defined by crowdfunding experts at crowdsourcing platform Fundable,

“Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital through the collective effort of friends, family, customers, and individual investors.”

The reason it’s such a hot topic is that it’s totally inverted the natural way businesses often find funding.

Before crowdfunding, if you wanted to raise money for a new idea, your materials and data would all need to be presented to a limited pool of wealthy investors, and you’d have to hope someone liked it. Only very wealthy sources like angel investors, venture capitalists, and possibly banks would be there. And if you put an amazing idea in front of the wrong set of investor’s eyes? Well, that’s your loss of time and money.

Crowdfunding platforms such as Fundable, Gofundme, Kickstarter, and LFX Crowdfunding have flipped the model on its head, offering you the power to pitch your project to everyone. These campaigns typically raise money through many smaller donations from everyday people in addition to higher scale investors. This helps projects connect to passionate investors and fans, bypassing investors that might not understand the value of speciality areas such as open source.

Discover Opportunities to Donate on LFX Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding backers can choose how much to invest. You may contribute $30 to get a t-shirt and a sticker, or $2,000 to get early access to the first version of the product. It is a model that scales to different projects and budgets, and it can be especially powerful to raise funds for your open source initiatives.

The Benefits

Crowdfunding can be a powerful tool for starting a business, launching a project, or even just funding a worthy cause. There are lots of reasons why giving crowdfunding a shot would be a great idea for your cause. The money raised is often of lesser importance.

Three major benefits to crowdfunding:

  1. It provides a way to validate your idea
  2. It gives your team it’s first early adopters
  3. It’s a way to get feedback and refine your product before it’s fully launched.

Concept validation is important. By getting your idea in front of as many eyes as you can, you’ll quickly be able to see how receptive the public masses are to it. This will reveal any holes in your offer, copy, or other parts of your funnel, thus allowing you to fix it. Looking at LiveCode’s open source project on Kickstarter, we can see how the concept of a more tech-accessible future was inspiring enough to raise £493,795. While they didn’t know if many people would believe in the project, more people than they ever dreamed were inspired by the idea of coding being easy and accessible to anyone who wants to do it.

Crowdfunding can be a powerful tool for starting a business, launching a project, or even just funding a worthy cause.

Crowdfunding also gains you early adopters and loyal advocates. It’s great to know that you have customers waiting for your launch before you’ve even completed the product. This not only funds your product but gets people excited that they get to be a part of launching something! This excitement often fuels your crowdfunding investors to share your product on social media and with their friends. These early adopters are often essential to crowdfunding campaign success. Ghost, an open-source blogging solution, raised over £196,362, which is more than seven times over their initial goal. Those writers really are passionate about their creative freedom, and they signed up for ghost because it reflected those beliefs.

Finally, crowdfunding is a way to refine an idea itself. Don’t get upset if your crowdfunding investors start making suggestions to you about your product or business. Use this as an easy way to brainstorm improvements! Your team may never have thought of the ideas your investors will present to you- it’s a great (and free) way to improve your concept. OpenWorm, another crowdfunded project, combines open source tech and biology to build fully digital organisms. This has the greater scope of understanding the complex parts of humans to cure complex diseases, however they’re starting with the worm as the simplest living organism. They’ve been given feedback from medical and tech professionals to refine the project and give it the greatest chance of making an impact.

What Do You Have to Lose?

Hopefully, you now understand a little better what a powerful tool crowdfunding can be for your ideas. Crowdfunding investors are a group of movers and shakers just waiting to hear your idea to fund, refine, and get behind it. What do you have to lose?

Not much if you choose to crowdfund your project through LFX Crowdfunding. It’s risk-free, with 100% of every dollar you donate going to the project. Unlike most platforms who charge upwards of 13% for application, credit card processing, and tax form preparation fees, the Linux Foundation will match these costs for the first $10M raised, ensuring that all proceeds go toward creating value.

Raise and spend money transparently with a public ledger, get invoicing and tax support, and access to security scanning and mentorship programs. Is your project interested in boosting diversity in your community? You might even be eligible for a matching donation. Open source projects like KiCad, Manjaro and RethinkDB are already raising funds on LFX Crowdfunding. It’s worth learning more about if you’re considering crowdfunding your open source project.

LFX Insights Release: May 2021

Our latest LFX Insights release expands the list of supported data sources and metrics to include GitHub Reviews metrics, Google Groups, and CircleCI. Read on to learn how you can take advantage of these new insights for your project.

Release Highlights

  • GitHub – Reviews Dashboard & Efficiency Metrics
    New GitHub Reviews Dashboard and an improved GitHub Efficiency Dashboard provide more clarity around pull request merge times.
  • Google Groups & CircleCI Support
    We’re adding two new data sources to LFX Insights in this release: Google Groups and CircleCI Support.

Track project efficiency with GitHub Reviews and Efficiency Dashboards

With this data, you’ll be able to address critical questions such as “who are the reviewers helping to close our open pull requests?” and “how efficient is the review activity across each monitored repository?” The improved GitHub Efficiency Dashboard provides better visualizations and more details, to help project maintainers set goals around the PR merge time.

GitHub Reviews Dashboard

GitHub Reviews Dashboard
GitHub Reviews Dashboard
We added key metrics including:
  • Average Time to First Review: The average time it takes for the first review to be completed on a pull request. Community maintainers can use this metric to track reviewer activity and help avoid burnout.
  • Time to First Approve: The time it takes to get the first approval on a pull request. Spikes in this metric could indicate that submitted PRs aren’t adhering to the contributor guidelines established by the project.
  • Pull Requests Merged Without Approvals: The number of pull requests merged without passing through a review and approval process. While it’s common practice to only merge code that’s passed through the PR review process, there can be exceptions. This metric gives maintainers visibility into these instances so you can avoid surprises.

Improved GitHub Efficiency Dashboard

GitHub Efficiency Dashboard
GitHub Efficiency Dashboard

We’ve completely redesigned the GitHub Efficiency Dashboard to help project maintainers set goals around PR merge times, a helpful metric in understanding and optimizing project efficiency. The dashboard now includes new metrics like Median Time to Merge, 95th Percentile of Time to Merge, Submitters, Organizations, Total PRs Merged, and more. The new Time to Merge trends-over-time table will be especially useful in tracking healthy merge times.

Expand What You Can Monitor with New Data Sources

We’re adding two new data sources to LFX Insights in this release: Google Groups and CircleCI Support. You’ll need to add your data sources to take full advantage of these new metrics and dashboards, so be sure to submit a request if your project uses either of these platforms.

Google Groups Support

Google Groups Overview Dashboard
Google Groups Overview Dashboard

This data source addition expands Insights email coverage to include Google Groups mailing lists, which already supports and Pipermail. In addition to the dedicated Overview Dashboard, Google Groups is also integrated with the Trends Dashboard. This provides richer context around what the community is talking about. Project community managers can use metrics like “Daily Active Users”, “Emails by Organization”, and even “Top Trending Topics” to better engage and acknowledge their community members.

Google Groups Topics Dashboard
Google Groups Topics Dashboard

CircleCI Support

CircleCI Overview Dashboard

LFX Insights will now support CircleCI, providing various builds related-metrics right on the Insights dashboard for your project, helping you monitor your project’s build pipeline and improve workflow efficiency.

We added key metrics including:
  • Jobs By Status: Detailed analysis on jobs by their status, paired against the repositories that triggered them.
  • Workflow Duration Trend: Workflow completion time trend analysis. Project maintainers can use this metric to help identify the effects of major code updates on the build pipeline, or to track against a goal of reducing build duration time.

Be sure to check out the new dashboards and data sources for your projects on LFX Insights. Please reach out if you need assistance with new data sources or anything else related to this release.

LFX EasyCLA v2 Blog

We’re making some significant improvements to EasyCLA that we want to make sure you’re aware of. We would like to give everyone a preview of what’s coming with the v2 release that will roll out in phases over the next few weeks.

This release is particularly exciting for us. We’ve spent a lot of time listening to feedback from people among the 14,700+ CLA Contributors that have used prior versions of our contributor license agreement (CLA) tools. The result was a number of usability and workflow improvements that will make signing and managing CLAs even easier for contributors. Keep reading for details on what’s new and how this release will impact you and your project(s).

Context: Contributor License Agreements and EasyCLA

Not all projects use contributor license agreements (CLAs). Many projects hosted by the Linux Foundation use the Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO) as their contribution mechanism. Some project communities have chosen to use a CLA to define the terms under which contributions are licensed to the project. We don’t require a CLA at the Linux Foundation, but some projects do choose to use them. Once that decision is made, the key community challenge is to make the CLA signing and tracking as effortless as possible so that companies and individuals can contribute.

For those projects that choose to use CLAs, typically they need to ensure that a CLA is signed before a new contributor’s patch can be accepted by the project. For someone contributing on their own behalf, this is straightforward: They will need to sign an Individual CLA (ICLA) before they contribute to that project for the first time.

The process is more complicated for someone contributing on behalf of their employer, however. The workflow used by other CLA bots–to just have each contributor sign a CLA–may not be appropriate here. The contributor might not be authorized to sign legal agreements like a CLA on behalf of their company. And, once a Corporate CLA (CCLA) is signed, the company needs a way to be able to manage which of its employees are authorized to contribute to the project under that CLA, as new employees start to participate and others leave.

“EasyCLA allows me to quickly on-board new contributors from my company and add them to the approved list within minutes of their request.”

Ranny Haiby, Director, Open Source Group at Samsung

The Linux Foundation built EasyCLA to help address these challenges in an automated, scalable way. It is the only tool to appropriately support both individual and corporate CLA workflows at scale.

EasyCLA includes functionality to check repos hosted on GitHub or Gerrit, and to confirm that contributors are authorized under a signed CLA. If they are not, then EasyCLA includes workflows to help the contributor pass along the CLA to someone at their company who is authorized to sign it. It then provides flexible controls to each company’s “CLA Managers” to manage the set of authorized contributors from their company for a particular project.

“Using EasyCLA at the Academy Software Foundation to entirely automate CLA management and compliance has made it easier for new contributors to join our projects.”

Rob Bredow, SVP, Chief Creative Officer of Industrial Light & Magic, member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Governing Board chairperson, Academy Software Foundation

The Linux Foundation first released EasyCLA in July 2019. With the v2 release that we are announcing today, there are significant improvements to the user interface and available functionality, described in more detail below.

How Will This Impact Me?

Regardless of your role in the CLA process, all users will see a better user interface (UI) and process improvements. This is based on feedback and input from many users of the system who were asking for more help navigating the features.

For those contributors currently using EasyCLA version 1 or prior, your current CLAs, approved lists, and workflows should not be impacted by this release. However, you’ll notice new features and a better user interface that will make signing and managing CLAs even easier.

New contributors who are not yet authorized under a CLA and therefore gated by EasyCLA will follow the same process as before, with improved UI and contextualized help to ensure a smooth workflow.

There’s no change to the overall process for CLA Manager and Project Manager workflows either. That said, new features and improved UI will make managing your CLAs easier.

What’s New in EasyCLA

For all Users:
  • Improved user experience & streamlined workflows
  • Contextualized help including tooltips & links to support resources
  • Audit Logs record key activity related to CLA actions & authorizations
For Corporate CLA Workflows:
  • Streamlined UI for adding authorized contributors
  • Search, filter, or download authorized contributor lists for your company
  • Easier to identify who are your company’s CLA Managers
  • Download signed CLAs as PDFs
For Project Manager Workflows:
  • Auto-enable new repositories under a GitHub Organization
  • Auto set-up Branch Protection for the default repository branch

How to Get Started?

For existing EasyCLA users, you’ll automatically have access to EasyCLA v2 once the cut-over takes place.

How to Create a CLA Group for Your Project
How to Sign an Individual CLA
How to Sign and Approve a Corporate CLA
EasyCLA Bot Permissions

This release will introduce two new features called Auto Branch Protection and Auto Configure GitHub repositories. These features allow Project Managers to automatically protect GitHub repositories and branches from the EasyCLA administration console. In order to roll this out, we need to update the EasyCLA bot permissions for all connected GitHub repositories.

  • GitHub Organization owners: Please accept the new permissions request when prompted within your GitHub organization.

These permissions allow the tool to enforce CLA checks, receive events related to Pull Requests, read public email addresses for code committers, update GitHub comments and status entries, allow developers to re-check the status by adding the “/easycla” command in a GitHub comment, and receive notifications when repositories are added.

The Auto Branch Protection and Auto-Configure GitHub repository features will not work until the GitHub permissions request is accepted by the GitHub Organization owner. All other features will continue to work as before. For further information on EasyCLA and how the GitHub status checks are enforced, please see our documentation.

Want to Learn more?

Please join us for a webinar on April 8th, LFX EasyCLA: Streamline Your Development Workflow. In this webinar, you’ll learn how EasyCLA can help streamline the process of enforcing contribution policies and why this is crucial to maintaining project health. Discover best practices for completing a CLA and managing authorized contributors using the only tool to appropriately support both individual and corporate CLA workflows at scale. We’ll introduce you to the latest release of EasyCLA, which includes improved UX features that make the CLA process even easier for everyone.

Unlocking Your Potential With Mentoring

The Linux Foundation Spring Mentorship Program is now underway. This is a great opportunity for students and developers looking to improve their skills and get more involved in open source projects. But what exactly is a mentorship?

Read on to learn what Jono Bacon, leading speaker on community and author of People Powered: How communities can supercharge your business, brand, and teams, has to say.

You’ve probably been hearing the term “mentorship” for as long as you’ve been alive. The generations that are now of working age in 2021 have added to it technologically and expanded on how they can be executed. Technology has also opened the doors for new mentorship opportunities, especially in technical skills like open source development.

New industries, and therefore mentorship opportunities, are popping up every day because the world needs more people with specialized knowledge. That’s good news for anyone entering a new industry.

What Is Mentoring?

Still, in 2021, what does mentoring really mean? The Linux Foundation expands on the definition used by the Association for Talent Development,

“Mentoring is a reciprocal and collaborative at-will relationship that most often occurs between open source experts and new developers for the purpose of the mentee’s growth, learning, and career development and adding new talent to open source projects for their health and sustainability.”

To further that definition, not all mentorships are created equal. There are ways to be more or less formal about the arrangement, depending on many factors. The key difference when it comes to the formality of the arrangement relates to the boundaries.

In a more formal mentoring relationship, a mentor might set strict goals and deadlines with the mentee, whereas an informal relationship might be more open-ended and self-guided by the mentee. Also, some mentorships are paid, and some are not. What you choose will be dependent on your goals and circumstances.

Something that’s always consistent about mentorships, however, is that there are countless benefits to taking part in one.

The Benefits

Networking opportunities, insider perspective, closing skill gaps, and being in the right place at the right time are just a few major benefits that mentorships can afford you, especially in hyper-competitive niches like tech.

Networking potential itself is worth its weight in gold. Your mentorship experience will expose you to an entirely new pool of contacts and knowledge! This can open lots of new doors for you, and it’s a much more natural way to network as opposed to networking events.

For example, the Hyperledger Mentorship Program was created specifically to educate new-to-tech mentees on their blockchain software know-how, while also exposing them to industry leaders they’d otherwise never get to meet. As a remote program, offering networking opportunities is a huge value to offer mentees who might never see such chances.

The pressure to be in the right place at the right time can feel enormous at times in your career, and that’s why being around the right people and the right industry training is so important.

Another way mentorships can benefit you is by granting access to resources during a very important time in your career. The pressure to be in the right place at the right time can feel enormous at times in your career, and that’s why being around the right people and the right industry training is so important.

Linux Kernel Mentorship Program on the LFX Mentorship platform

For example, the Linux Foundation offers a mentorship working on Linux Kernel that, upon completion, will provide access to career opportunities and relationships in tech. Last year, eight mentees graduated from the Linux kernel bug fixing project, and one mentee is now a project maintainer. This is just one case where these programs are offering mentees the hard skills they need, and the right resources to put them to use.

Getting a mentor also offers an insider perspective to a career you think you may want to pursue! This can be enlightening to make sure you’re not diving into something you don’t know you enjoy. There is so much that learning a topic in school simply doesn’t prepare you for. Mentorships will provide you first hand experience within an industry, and that’s something only time can teach! That’s part of why the Open Mainframe Project has started their own mentorship program, focused on building the mainframe engineers of tomorrow.

You’ll have a serious leg up in an interview by showing that you’ve gone the extra mile to learn the programs they already run.

Finally, being mentored is a way to identify skill gaps that were not addressed in college. In many ways, a mentorship will offer you a head start over your competitors in the job market by providing you with a skill few other applicants have yet. You’ll have a serious leg up in an interview by showing that you’ve gone the extra mile to learn the programs they already run.

There are many different ways to structure a mentoring situation, with few wrong ways to do it. Whichever form of mentorship you may pursue, it’s a winning choice! You never know what you’ll learn, or what you’ll be inspired by within a mentorship opportunity. However, you can always be sure it will make you a stronger applicant.

Mentoring at the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation has a three-pronged approach to mentoring, which provides you with unstructured webinars, training courses, and structured mentoring programs. All of these efforts combine to advance a diverse, healthy, and vibrant open source community.

The Linux Foundation Mentorship Program was expanded last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing support for programs that help displaced people and less visible projects focused on tackling the crisis. Since then, it’s become an invaluable resource for students whose traditional internships were canceled due to the pandemic, as well as smaller projects tackling critical problems such as contact tracing and climate change.

Additionally, over the past several months the Linux Foundation has launched the LF Live Mentorship Series, morphing its speed mentorship style format into an expanded webinar format. This series compliments traditional mentorship programs, tackling specific technical areas in software development in 90-minute virtual sessions.

Of course, mentorship programs can only be as successful as the people who participate. This is why the Linux Foundation has built a self-service platform, LFX Mentorship, where anyone can come in and start their project. Since its launch in 2019, it has become an invaluable tool for mentees to find open opportunities, manage their progress in a mentorship program, and connect with their mentors.

The LFX Mentorship program has received 4,900+ applications, with 190+ mentees being accepted, and 270+ active mentors participating. In addition, $530,000 in stipends have already been distributed through the program.

Do you want to get involved? The Linux Foundation hosts mentorship programs seasonally, so there are plenty of opportunities to join. The Spring mentorship program is currently underway, and applications for the Summer program will start on April 15th. Be sure to check back regularly for open mentorship opportunities.

We’ve been working hard to provide you with as much visibility into your project’s health and performance as possible through LFX Insights. Now we’re excited to give you even more context around project groups and ecosystem trends, so you can have a clearer picture of your impact within your community.

Earned Media Mentions Dashboard
Earned Media Mentions Dashboard

Social media channels, paid social ads, and news outlets are excellent tools for engaging with your project’s ecosystem, but how can you be sure your message is getting across? We’re excited to announce new Earned Media dashboards in Insights > Ecosystem Trends.** These dashboards are built to help you track what your community is saying so you can play a more significant part in the conversation.

**The Ecosystem Trends dashboard is available to employees of members companies of the Linux Foundation, project maintainers, and members of formal project committees like Board, TOCs, Marketing/Outreach committees. Read the documentation for more details.

What’s New: Earned Media Dashboards
  • Content Dashboard: View your content’s Ad Equivalency, Readership and Impact.
  • Mention Dashboard: Track “Mentions by Location” and understand your content’s Reach using Social Amplification.
  • Share of Voice Dashboard: Compare Share of Voice over time, track Sentiment, and analyze Key Messages.
  • SEO Dashboard: Measure Website Traffic, Referrals, Media Mentions, and Search Optimization.

Viewing Insights Just Got Easier

Global Search
Global Search

We’ve cleaned things up a bit so that navigating Insights is now easier than ever. Now when you land on the LFX Insights projects page, you’ll be able to search through all listed projects, differentiate between project groups and individual projects, and quickly access project dashboards.

What’s New: Enhanced Search & Navigation
  • LFX Toolkit Drop-down: Quickly navigate between the LFX tools.
  • Global Search: Search all projects within LFX Insights.
  • Project Group vs. Individual Project Cards: Differentiate between stacked Project Groups (e.g., CNCF) and individual Project Cards (e.g., Kubernetes is an individual project within the CNCF project group).
  • Multiple Ways to Access a Dashboard: Click a Project Card’s title or button to access that project’s dashboard.

Easily Differentiate between Project Groups and Individual Projects

Project Group Metrics Cards
Project Group Metrics Cards

Project cards and dashboards are clearly organized between project groups (e.g., CNCF) and individual projects (e.g., Kubernetes is an individual project within the CNCF project group). Project groups provide an aggregated overview so you can understand how all sub-projects are performing or drill down into a specific project.

** Project Group metrics are aggregated based on the available data from onboarded projects. Read the documentation for a full list of supported data sources.

What’s New: Project Groups & Summary Dashboards
  • Project Group Metrics Cards: Aggregated overview of metrics for all projects in the Project Group. Click on “Overview” or the “Project Group Summary” tab for a dashboard view of metrics for all projects in the Project Group.
  • Local Search: Search for projects within the Project Group.
  • Individual Project Cards: Quickly navigate to individual project overview dashboards.

Quickly Compare the Health of Multiple Projects

Project Health Comparison Dashboard (Beta)

Understand how your project is performing against the competition with the new Project Health Comparison Dashboard (Beta). Now you can compare multiple projects based on key metrics all on one dashboard. This dashboard is currently in beta, so expect new features coming soon.

What’s New: Compare Project Health (Beta)
  • Project Health Metrics: View a comprehensive listing of a project’s key performance metrics.
  • Multi-Project Comparison: Easily search for projects by name to add them to the dashboard table.

More Ways to Filter Community Contributions

Community Leaderboards
Community Leaderboards

Understand who your most active contributors are so you know who to vote for in your next committee election. Community Leaderboards let you sort community contributors by a number of filter options, based on what activity is most important to you. The default view is “Code” commits data, but you can also view “GitHub PRs” and “GitHub Issues.” Or, select “All” to compare all data sources supported in this view.

What’s New: Community Leaderboard Filters
  • Filter by Data Source: View defaults to “Code” commits data, with two additional source options to filter by. Select “All” to view all available data sources.

Want to Learn More? Join our LFX Insights Webinar

Learn how to leverage data-driven LFX Insights to make informed decisions about your project’s performance beyond the code. Join us on Thursday, January 14th for this first webinar in our new series.

We’re excited to announce that the LFX Platform is now available, expanding the former CommunityBridge to provide even more support for the open source ecosystem.

Last year we released CommunityBridge, featuring early access to three community-focused tools: Funding, Security (limited features), and Mentorship. Since then, our engineering team has been heads-down developing new features and tools to support open source project development. We’re now rolling out 10+ tools with more on the roadmap for early next year and rebranding as “LFX” to align with other resources provided by the Linux Foundation.

Why We Built LFX

Open source has evolved to power more than 80% of the technologies we use every day, dominating in key markets including the smartphone, supercomputer, and public cloud workload industries. But as open source projects become the technologies that we all depend on, they require far more than version control systems or source control management to maintain and scale.

Critical projects must have their finger on the pulse of their entire developer ecosystem, with tools tailored to key stakeholders driving project development, including maintainers, contributors, community managers, and more. But it can be difficult to find tools that serve the unique needs of open source projects. “Supporting the tooling choices of our communities is in our DNA, but the connective fabric that can unify control and visibility across stacks is missing,” explains Shubhra Kar, CTO and GM of Products and IT at the Linux Foundation.

“We developed LFX to be the ‘digital glue’ that connects control and visibility across tooling stacks, providing a holistic context of project ecosystems–from contributions and release pipelines, to security index and end user adoption.”

Tools for Everyone

The Linux Foundation has spent years developing a proven methodology to transform projects into category leaders. LFX operationalizes this approach, providing a suite of tools built to facilitate every aspect of open source development.

Developed by the Linux Foundation engineers, LFX directly supports projects and empowers open source developers to write better, more secure code and grow sustainable ecosystems. These tools are a culmination of extensive industry knowledge and years of experience growing some of the world’s most critical open source projects.

The LFX Platform features 10+ tools designed exclusively for open source project development.

Available tools include…

  • Insights gives a contextualized ecosystem view–regardless of the environments you use. Understand your contributor community and make informed decisions with our analytics and reporting tools.
  • Security provides automated scanning to detect potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses, proposing recommended fixes where available to help projects address top security concerns.
  • Individual Dashboard is your self-service hub for all of your open source activity. Build your personal community profile, manage credentials and contact details, display badges for completing certifications and other accomplishments, and enjoy a seamless login experience across the major systems used by the Linux Foundation projects.
  • EasyCLA is the only tool to support both individual and corporate contributor license agreement (CLA) workflows, making the process easier for everyone while maintaining project development velocity.
  • Mentorship makes it easy to sponsor and help train the next generation of open source developers by serving key needs of the community. Invest in building a stronger and more diverse community of qualified developers and engineers.
  • Crowdfunding enables individuals and organizations to donate by providing a neutral and trusted platform managed by the Linux Foundation that meets the unique fundraising needs of open source projects.
  • Member Enrollment makes it easier than ever for people to join your community with streamlined registration forms, automated contract execution, and a seamless onboarding experience that gets them set up in minutes.
  • Landscape is a tool that lets you visualize your project ecosystem so that you can understand how well your project is performing downstream.
  • Community Events provides local community organizers with the tools they need to host local meetings. Whether planning a virtual event or working with local organizers, our robust platform has you covered.
  • Training Portal is a self-service, unified console that lets both individuals and organizations participate, track, and manage their training and certification needs.
  • Project Control Center (Limited Access Beta Early 2022) helps you get started quickly by providing all the support you’ll need with self-service configuration for governance, membership, IT, developer and collaboration tools, documentation, and community roles.
  • Organization Dashboard (Limited Access Beta Early 2022) Your central hub for managing all open source activities from project contributions, employee training and event attendance, to membership renewals and new opportunities.

Like all modern software, the LFX Platform is built using open source code and is integrated with a wide array of different systems–from GitHub, to Slack, to Google Workspace. We plan to release much of this code as open source in the near future, allowing our communities to meet their own needs through collaborative development. However, we still have much work to do before our code is ready for others to dive into. As with many leading OSS projects, this process takes time and we want to get things right so that our communities can benefit. In the meantime, we would love your feedback on what you would like to see in the future from LFX and the Linux Foundation.

What the Community is Saying

LFX means new opportunities for the open source community. “LFX brings our vision to a whole new level,” explains Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director of FINOS. “It’ll give our community access to an even more powerful set of tools and insights, based on the world class expertise of the Linux Foundation and their years of experience managing the world’s most mission-critical OSS projects.”

“LFX brings our vision to a whole new level…”

Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director of FINOS

Perhaps the most anticipated tools in the LFX suite is Insights, which will provide visibility into project performance and ecosystem trends. “One of the biggest challenges for open source projects is being able to define, track, and review key project metrics.” This is according to Jim St. Leger, TAC Chair of LF Edge and early Insights user. “LFX Insights is a fantastic tool that quickly lets people look at key project statistics… and is already becoming a great open source asset.”

But it’s our hope that the open source community will benefit from these tools as well. Students such as Animesh Kumar are the future of open source, and his experience as a mentee in the Q2 2020 Mentorship program was, according to him, “a learning experience of a lifetime… I truly encourage anyone who wants to start contributing to CNCF or other open source projects to participate in this program.”

Developers and sponsors of open source projects hosted by the Linux Foundation can benefit from these tools today. Simply log in with your Linux Foundation account and get started. Other tools, including Crowdfunding and Mentorship, provide valuable resources and best practices to projects not hosted at the Linux Foundation as well as the extended open source community. Find out more about LFX and the Linux Foundation at