35 Top Open Source Companies: Page 2

These companies play a major role in developing and maintaining the open source software that powers today's business.

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19. Huawei

Headquarters: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Employees: Approx. 180,000

Publicly Traded: No

Annual Revenue: $75.103 billion

Why It Made the List: This Chinese technology firm might not be the first that most people think of when it comes to open source development, but in recent years it has been contributing heavily to Linux. In The Linux Foundation's 2017 report on kernel development, Huawei was ranked 25th among companies contributing changes to the operating system and fourth among companies that were "most active in bringing new developers into the community."

20. IBM

Headquarters: Armonk, N.Y.

Employees: Approx. 380,000

Publicly Traded: IBM (NYSE)

Annual Revenue: $ 79.919 billion

Why It Made the List: Big Blue was eighth on the Linux Foundation's list of leading contributors to the Linux kernel, and it has a strong history of support for open source. Recently, it released its WebSphere Liberty project under the Eclipse Public License, and it also has created or contributed to many other open source projects, such as OpenWhisk, Project Intu, LoopBack and many others. IBM is also a member or sponsor of many of the leading open source foundations, including The Linux Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation, the OpenStack Foundation and more.

21. Intel

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Employees: Approx. 106,000

Publicly Traded: INTC (NASDAQ)

Annual Revenue: $59.38 billion

Why It Made the List: In 2016, Intel was the most active company contributing to the Linux kernel. Its employees made 14,384 changes to the code, which accounted for about 12.9 percent of the changes in the time period covered by the report. Its developers are contributing to dozens of other open source projects as well, and it is a member or sponsor of several open source foundations, including The Linux Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation and the OpenStack Foundation.

22. LinkedIn

Headquarters:Mountain View, Calif.

Employees: 9,732

Publicly Traded: Owned by Microsoft

Annual Revenue: $3 Billion in 2015

Why It Made the List: This social network has a strong history of both using and creating open source software. According to its website, its engineers have created more than 75 open source projects, including several that are related to Hadoop and now managed by the Apache Software Foundation. The company says, "We believe that open sourcing projects makes our engineers better at what they do best. Engineers grow in their craft by having their work shared with the entire community."

23. Microsoft

Headquarters: Redmond, Wash.

Employees: Approx. 114,000

Publicly Traded: MSFT (NASDAQ)

Annual Revenue: $85.32 billion

Why It Made the List: A decade or two ago, Microsoft would have belonged at the top of the list of opponents of open source software, but it has since completely reversed course. In fact, in 2016, Microsoft had more employees making contributions to GitHub projects than any other company. It now has partnerships with other leading open source companies, including Red Hat, and it has open sourced some of its most popular software, including its .NET development tools, Visual Studio Code, PowerShell Core, the CNTK deep learning toolkit, TypeScript, Redis and many others. It also supports Linux on its cloud computing service and takes a cross-platform approach to development.

24. MongoDB

Headquarters: New York City

Employees: More than 800

Publicly Traded: No

Annual Revenue: Not available

Why It Made the List: The MongoDB database is one of the most popular NoSQL databases and was listed ninth on the list of influential open source projects. As the big data trend has taken off, interest in MongoDB has grown, and the software has now been downloaded more than 20 million times. Well-known users include Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, GitHub, Comcast, eHarmony, Twitter and The New York Times.

25. Netflix

Headquarters: Los Gatos, Calif.

Employees: Approx. 3,500

Publicly Traded: NFLX (NASDAQ)

Annual Revenue: $8.83 billion

Why It Made the List: The streaming video service has been extremely active in contributing to open source projects and open sourcing the tools it develops in-house. Its projects include Genie, Inviso, Lipstick, Aegisthus, Nebula, Aminator, Spinnaker, Eureka, Archaius, Ribbon, Hystrix, Karyon, Governator, Fenzo, Photo, Dynomite, Atlas, Chaos Monkey and many others.

26. Nginx

Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

Employees: Less than 250 (est.)

Publicly Traded: No

Annual Revenue: Not available

Why It Made the List: Nginx is an open source Web server that was 18th on the list of influential open source projects. According to the website it powers "half of the world’s busiest sites and applications." The company offers a supported version of the open source software and claims Disney, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, US Bank, Major League Baseball, WordPress and Verizon as customers.

27. Npm

Headquarters: Oakland, Calif.

Employees: Less than 50 (est.)

Publicly Traded: No

Annual Revenue: Not available

Why It Made the List: Listed 11th on the list of influential open source projects, npm describes itself as "the package manager for JavaScript and the world’s largest software registry." It's very popular with Node.js users. At the time of writing, developers had downloaded 11,737,517,960 packages from npm over the last month alone.

28. Oracle

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Employees: More than 136,000

Publicly Traded: ORCL (NYSE)

Annual Revenue: $37.04 billion

Why It Made the List: When it purchased Sun Microsystems, Oracle inherited some of the world's most popular open source technology, including Java, the MySQL database, the OpenOffice office productivity platform and the Hudson continuous integration tool. Oracle has sometimes come under criticism for its handling of these open source projects and has handed some of them over to non-profit foundations. However, it continues to support open source development and is a supporter of The Linux Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation and the OpenStack Foundation.

29. Puppet

Headquarters: Portland, Ore.

Employees: More than 500

Publicly Traded: No

Annual Revenue: Not available

Why It Made the List: Puppet is an open source configuration management solution that is popular with many DevOps teams. Puppet is also the name of the company that offers commercial support for the software. More than 36,000 organizations use the software, including the Wikimedia Foundation, Reddit, Mozilla, Twitter, PayPal, Spotify, Red Hat, Intel, NASA, Uber and others. In addition to the flagship Puppet tool, the company contributes to more than 40 other open source projects that make up the Puppet ecosystem.

30. Red Hat

Headquarters: Raleigh, N.C.

Employees: 10,700

Publicly Traded: RHT (NYSE)

Annual Revenue: $2.4 billion

Why It Made the List:Red Hat claims to be the "world's open source leader," and it's Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the most popular Linux distributions for large organizations. It was second on the list of leading Linux contributors, and it is a member or sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation and the OpenStack Foundation. In addition to its Linux distribution, it also manages several other open source projects, including OpenShift, Gluster, CloudForms and many others.

31. Redis Labs

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Employees: Less than 100 (est.)

Publicly Traded: No

Annual Revenue: Not available

Why It Made the List: Redis Labs is the company behind the Redis in-memory database software, which ranked 12th on the list of influential open source projects. At the time of writing, Redis was also the most popular key-value store according to the DB-Engines ranking. And a 2017 StackOverflow survey named it the "most loved" database.

32. Samsung Electronics

Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea

Employees: More than 308,000

Publicly Traded: 005930 (KRX)

Annual Revenue:

Why It Made the List: Although it is best known as a device and electronics manufacturer, Samsung's developers also contribute significantly to open source projects. Among for-profit companies, only Intel and Red Hat made more contributions than Samsung to the Linux kernel in the 2016 report. It is also a member or sponsor of The Linux Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and the OpenStack Foundation.

33. Sauce Labs

Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

Employees: Less than 100 (est.)

Publicly Traded: No

Annual Revenue: Not available

Why It Made the List: Sauce Labs offers application testing based on two open source projects — Selenium and Appium. It contributes to Appium, and Selenium was created by one of the company's co-founders. It also offers free testing to open source projects.

34. SUSE

Headquarters: Nuremberg, Germany

Employees: Approx. 1,000

Publicly Traded: Parent company Micro Focus is traded as MCRO (LSE) and MFGP (NYSE)

Annual Revenue: $253.8 million

Why It Made the List: Like Red Hat, SUSE is best known for its enterprise Linux distribution. It also contributes heavily to the Linux kernel and was ranked seventh among companies actively participating in the project in 2016. It's also involved in many other open source projects, including Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, Ceph, the Open Container Initiaive and more.

35. Twitter

Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.

Employees: Approx. 3,900

Publicly Traded: TWTR (NYSE)

Annual Revenue: $2.52 billion

Why It Made the List: Twitter claims to be "built on open source software," and it has released many of its internally developed tools under open source licenses. It has more than 139 public repositories on GitHub.


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