Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are among a collection of technology giants backing a $3.6 million effort to support open source projectsthat are notoriously underfunded despite serving as a cornerstone of Internet security.
The non-profit tech firm Linux Foundation announced that at least twelve companies will contribute $100,000 or more annually over the next three years to the Core Infrastructure Initiative. That fund will support open source projects including OpenSSL, which will be the first project to receive funds through the new project.
The OpenSSL Heartbleed disaster definitely opened up many people’s eyes to how underfunded and understaffed many of the open source projects the web relies on are. To prevent the next Heartbleed, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, VMware and The Linux Foundation today announced the “Core Infrastructure Initiative.” This initiative will fund and support important open source projects “that are in need of assistance.”