In addition, Sarah Novotny, the head of open source strategy for Google Cloud Platform, will join the Linux Foundation board of directors. Novotny also participates on the Node.js foundation board. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, said recently that Node.js was one of the fastest growing projects in the Linux Foundation.
Of today’s news Zemlin said, “Google is one of the biggest contributors to and supporters of open source in the world, and we are thrilled that they have decided to increase their involvement in the Linux Foundation.”
Google has been an active contributor to the open source community for many years. Some of The Linux Foundation open source communities it supports include Cloud Foundry, Node.js, and the Open API Initiative.
Google was also a founding member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), having created and open sourced CNCF’s popular Kubernetes container orchestration platform. Hundreds of Google employees remain heavily involved in the Kubernetes project today.
Google has been especially active in the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). And the ONF is a member of the Linux Foundation, as well. Although the ONF’s relationship is less comprehensive than most other open source projects that are hosted by the Linux Foundation.