Open source software lives only thanks to the active participation of the
original creators and the ongoing support and contributions from the community.
We are an active part of this community and contribute on many projects and
with a number of different means.
Our Own Projects
We manage and run hundreds of open source
projects ranging from small utilities to large,
powerful applications and frameworks. We actively encourage open sourcing of
further projects and are constantly adding new ones.
Many of our applications and tools embed open source components, rely on open
source frameworks or use open source tools. These upstream projects are
actively supported by our developers and users
reporting issues, submitting patches or contributing features and improvements.
Many of the open source project tools, frameworks and libraries we use, are
critical to the operation of our business. As such we are engaged with numerous
commercial entities that provide support contracts and work on improvements
of the projects.
We spend millions of dollars every year on these contracts and a
significant portion of the related efforts flows right back into the open source
codebase of the projects and therefore raises the quality for all users.
In addition, we work with open source foundations and organizations as well
as corporations and their open source programs. Here are a few examples:
Our relationship to the above organizations is purely regarding their
open source projects and involvement with the community.