Linux Foundation creates the LF Networking Fund

Natalie Bannerman
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The Linux Foundation is to join together the governance of its projects into one entity called the LF Networking Fund

The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced that it is creating the LF Networking Fund (LFN), a new entity that combines all of the projects under one umbrella organisation.

The Linux Foundation, the global open source software project has said that the move will “enhance operational excellence, simplify member engagement, and increase collaboration across open source networking projects and standards bodies”.

The projects included in the new structure are:, ONAP, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, PDNA and SNAS.

There is to be no leadership changes under the LF Networking Fund and Arpit Joshipura, will continue as general manager of networking & orchestration. Phil Robb, retains his role as vice president of operations - networking & orchestration, Linux Foundation and Heather Kirksey, is still named as VP of community and ecosystem development.

LF say that the decision to form the LF Networking Fund was a natural evolution and in response to requests made by several of its members because the LF was already hosting 9 top networking projects and therefore wanted to provide its members with the most efficient integration of end-to-end stacks (edge to core, hardware to software, etc.).

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It says that its ultimate goal is to “simplify engagement for members, enhance operational excellence, and identify opportunities for greater collaboration among LFN projects and related open source standards groups”.

Contained within LFN structure is a tiered membership structure of either platinum, gold or silver. In addition, LF associate members can also join the LFN as associate members although these are typically other non-profits, such as standards bodies.

The LF are quick to explain that although the projects are to be governed under the LF Networking Fund umbrella, the technical communities of these projects will remain independent. These technical communities will continue to develop according to their own road maps and timetables, but there will be a central governance model, where things like funding and ops/marketing staffing resources are decided.

In an interview back in June 2017, Kirksey spoke to GTB about the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) and was quoted as saying that unlike CEOs of regular companies, you cannot dictate what they do, “you have to inspire the open source developers.”