Since 2011, the Yocto Project® has matured, solidified and has been adopted widely in the embedded industry. Many organizations both small and large have chosen to take the next step in visibility by supporting the Yocto Project as member organizations. These organizations work together to advise the project on industry needs, and all contribute to the project. Platinum, Gold and Silver Member organizations are Linux Foundation corporate members who wish to contribute to and influence the project direction. Bronze Associates are not members, but this program provides high visibility for small companies who financially support the project.

This information is specifically for corporations who which to join the project. If you are an individual, see the Community Page.

To learn more about how a corporation can join the Yocto Project, please contact the Linux Foundation directly.

Support Level Value (Definitions can be found below the table)

Platinum Gold Silver Bronze Associate (Non-Member)
Max Employees none 20,000 3000 100
Dues Amt $100,000 $45,000 $10,000 $1000
Advisory Board Member Yes Yes Yes No
# Vote(s) 2 1 Collective Vote 0
Git Repo Placement Priority Listing No No No
Nightly Builds* Yes (multiple configurations) Yes (single configuration) No No
Booth/Ad Logo Yes Yes No No
Compatibility Badge Platinum Compatible Gold Compatible Silver Compatible None
Reference Platform Influence Influence No No No
Layer Testing Layers tested before changes merge (advance warning of issues)*** Layers tested after changes merge No No
* Member levels prior to 2017 grandfathered in

 

The Yocto Project Membership and Support Program

Yocto Project member organizations work together to advise the project on industry needs, and all contribute to the project. Platinum, Gold and Silver member organizations are Linux Foundation corporate members who wish to influence the project direction and contribute financially to its infrastructure and stability. The Associate program provides high visibility for small companies who also prioritize financially support the project.

Max Employees: If a potential member organization has this number of employees or less, they may join at this membership level as long as they are already a Linux Foundation Member. Associates are not really members and need not be members of the Linux Foundation. We include them in this table because they are financial contributors.

Dues Amt: Dues are collected at the start of the calendar year. The Linux Foundation invoices for 12 months and then prorates dues in the second year (if appropriate) in order to align to the calendar year by year 3.

Advisory Board Member Levels and Voting: Platinum, Gold and Silver member organizations sit on the board. Silver members may participate fully but have only 1 vote which they all contribute to. Gold member organizations have 1 vote, each Platinum member has 2 votes.

Git Repo placement: If eligible, it means a member organization can have their repositories on git.yoctoproject.org.

Nightly Builds: Platinum members may have multiple configurations (for a board or device) included in the nightly builds, whereas gold members may have a single configuration. The nightly builds are an “acid” test of any changes made to the project relative to these configurations and the integrity of other Yocto Project components. Nightly Builds go hand in hand with Layer testing and Reference Platform influence.

Layer Testing: The Yocto Project would like layers to be validated against each official Yocto Project release. To provide the highest level of continuity for Platinum member customers, based on QA results, the project will provide preferential treatment to member organization layer patches in time for a new release. For Gold member customer continuity, the layers will still be tested but once past a certain freeze date patches cannot be accepted. All other members and non-member customers will be dependent on the layer owners for testing and timely updates.

Reference Platform Influence: A member organization can request certain boards to be designated “reference platforms”. These are runtime tested as part of the QA procedures for a release and will be covered in the documentation. Requests are not guaranteed to be included, as included platforms depend greatly on resources available.

Compatible Badge: Members with compatible products or content have special member designated compatible badges to use on their marketing materials. Those who are not members may use the generic Compatible badge if they meet the criteria set out in the Yocto Project Branding Program.

Booth / Ad Logo: The Yocto Project would like to emphasize those who contribute at the levels required to continue development and provide project stability in our marketing, PR, and event materials.