Open Source Organizations that Google Supports

Google is proud to support a wide variety of technical and advocacy organizations including:

The Apache Software Foundation
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is made up of nearly 100 top level projects that cover a wide range of technologies. We consider ourselves not simply a group of projects sharing a server, but rather a community of developers and users. The ASF provides support for the Apache community of open-source software projects.
The C++ Standards Committee
ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG21 has produced the standard ISO/IEC 14882:2003 on the programming language C++. The Working Group meets two to three times per year - in joint technical sessions with US committee J16. A number of countries have been represented at the meetings: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the USA.
Creative Commons
The non-profit Creative Commons organization provides a variety of licenses and tools for authors of creative works to use. Creative Commons licenses grant selected rights to the public, allowing authors to keep copyright protections while easily allowing sharing and reuse of their works.
The Document Foundation
The Document Foundation is a charitable organization which is home to the LibreOffice suite of open source productivity software.
The Eclipse Foundation
Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services.
The FreeBSD Foundation
The FreeBSD Foundation is a non-profit organization which builds and supports FreeBSD and its community. FreeBSD is a complete Unix-like operating system available under a highly-permissive open source license.
The Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. The FSF is working to secure freedom for computer users by promoting the development and use of free (as in freedom) software and documentation — particularly the GNU operating system — and by campaigning against threats to computer user freedom like Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and software patents.
Free Software Foundation Europe
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) maintains that the freedoms to use, study, share and improve software are critical to ensure equal participation in the information age. We work to create general understanding and support for software freedom in politics, law and society-at-large.
The GNOME Foundation
The GNOME Project is an effort to create a complete, free and easy-to-use desktop environment for users, as well as a powerful application development framework for software developers.
The KDE Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. is the primary site for the Linux kernel source, but it has much more than just Linux kernels. The Linux kernel is released under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2), and is developed by contributors worldwide.
The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007 by the merger of the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, it sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading technology companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and advances Linux by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community to ensure Linux remains free and technically advanced.
The LLVM Foundation
The LLVM Foundation supports development of the LLVM collection of compiler and toolchain technologies.
The MetaBrainz Foundation
The MetaBrainz Foundation operates the MusicBrainz project. MusicBrainz is a user maintained community music metadatabase. Music metadata is information such as the name of an artist, the name of an album and list of tracks that appear on an album. MusicBrainz collects this information about music and makes it available to the public.
The NetBSD Project
NetBSD is a free, fast, secure, and highly portable Unix-like Open Source operating system. It is available for a wide range of platforms, from large-scale servers and powerful desktop systems to handheld and embedded devices. Its clean design and advanced features make it excellent for use in both production and research environments, and the source code is freely available under a business-friendly license.
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization, along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets.
The OpenBSD Project
The OpenBSD project produces a free, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system emphasizing portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography.
Open Invention Network
Open Invention Network is an intellectual property company that was formed to promote Linux by using patents to create a collaborative environment. It is refining the intellectual property model so that important patents are openly shared in a collaborative environment. Patents owned by Open Invention Network are available royalty-free to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System. This enables companies to make significant corporate and capital expenditure investments in Linux — helping to fuel economic growth.
The Open Source Initiative
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit organization and standards body. OSI maintains a list of software licenses which meet the Open Source Definition and promotes the community's use and understanding of those licenses.
The Oregon State University Open Source Lab is the home of growing, high-impact open source communities. Its world-class hosting services enable the Linux operating system, Apache web server, the Drupal content management system and over 50 other leading open source software projects to collaborate with contributors and distribute software to millions of users globally.
Python Software Foundation
The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit membership organization devoted to advancing open source technology related to the Python programming language. It qualifies under the US Internal Revenue Code as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) scientific and educational public charity, and conducts its business according to the rules for such organizations.
Since 1992, Samba has provided secure, stable and fast file and print services for all clients using the SMB/CIFS protocol, such as all versions of DOS and Windows, OS/2, Linux and many others. Samba is an important component to seamlessly integrate Linux/Unix Servers and Desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon.
Simply Secure
Simply Secure is a service organization endeavoring to improve the security and usability of open source software.
The Software Freedom Conservancy
The Software Freedom Conservancy is a non-profit organization that assists its member FLOSS projects by providing administration services, allowing the projects' leaders to remain focused on developing software for the public's benefit.