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The Linux Foundation (LF) is a nonprofit technology trade association comprising over 500 companies. It is by far the largest nonprofit open source organization in the world. One of its goals is to keep the platform independent and free, which is done primarily through supporting Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, as well as other key kernel developers. Moreover, its objective is to promote, standardize and protect the Linux platform by supplying a comprehensive set of services to compete with existing closed platforms.
Established in 2007, the Linux Foundation acts as a vendor-neutral entity for promoting Linux. It fosters innovation through collaborative events or community programs between Linux communities – pertaining to application developers, end users and industry members – consequently solving technical, legal and promotional issues that Linux may be facing. Standardization services and support are provided in order to make the open platform lucrative for development efforts. Some of these are Linux Developer Network and Linux Standard Base.
The foundation supports the community through annual events such as the Linux Kernel Developers Summit, Linux Collaboration Summit and general LinuxCon event. Services are also provided to key areas of the community like travel funds for open source developers and other administrative assistance. A technically advanced, vendor-neutral training program was also created and led by actual leaders of the Linux development community. I also administers the platform’s trademark. It proffers developers or programmers legal intellectual property protection. It coordinates industry, community legal collaboration and education.