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 (ODSL) and the Free Standards Group, it sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.

NetApp Participation
NetApp was an active participant of the ODSL. With the creation of the Linux Foundation, NetApp continued its commitment as a Gold Member, with a representative on the Linux Foundation Governing Board.

More recently, as technical work from the Open Fabrics Alliance has moved into the Linux Foundation, NetApp has continued its involvement in that work too.