As every year around this time, The Linux Foundation (LF) has published its annual report, in which they review their most important milestones of 2020. They point out that this year more than 150 new communities have joined, related to open technology projects, open standards, open data and open hardware. Among them, the FINOS Foundation stands out. It is made up of specialists who create Open Source solutions for financial services.
As a result of the collaboration of its members, a total of more than a billion lines of code and 11,520 repositories have been generated. Each week around 12.5 million lines of code have been added and about 10.8 million removed. Among all contributors, they have detected 263,499 vulnerabilities.
Efforts to create global Open Source standards have produced important results. Joint Development Foundation (JDF) and open standards communities have welcomed six new projects. JDF has been approved as an ISO/IEC JTC 1 Publicly Available Specification (PAS) Submitter. Thanks to this movement, the first open standard community, OpenChain, has been officially recognized as an international standard.
In the security area, a new community has been created: Open Source Security Foundation. Its goal is to coordinate actions focused on improving the security of Open Source software.
The document also looks at the conclusions of the Open Source Jobs Report 2020, which shows the current demand for trained and certified Open Source professionals, despite the challenging business environment.
In addition, they highlight that more than 1.7 million people have enrolled in the free training courses and more than 40,000 users have achieved an LF certification this year.
As it was expected, a special mention to the efforts made during the pandemic is included: “Our members worldwide contributed technical resources for scientific researchers, offered assistance to struggling families and individuals, contributed to national and international efforts, and some even came together to create open source projects under LF Public Health to help countries deal with the pandemic,” says Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of LF.
As a final touch, Jim Zemlin concludes that “open collaboration is the model for solving the world’s most complex challenges. No single person, organization, or government alone can create the technology we need to solve our most pressing problems.”
The full report is available for download at The Linux Foundation website.