Twitter has joined the Linux Foundation, making its commitment to open source software just a bit more official. Like many operators of high-traffic websites, Twitter relies on open source throughout its data centers, with Linux servers hosting workloads and software projects that make it easier to handle big data and serve up Web content.
The Linux Foundation funds development of the Linux kernel and acts as an emissary on behalf of the technology, while relying on corporate sponsorship from many prominent IT companies that use or build open source software. Twitter joined as a silver member, paying $15,000 for the privilege. The Linux Foundation announced Twitter’s membership today as it gears up for next week’s annual LinuxCon conference in San Diego.
Twitter courted controversy with developers recently with API changes that impose new restrictions on developers of third-party applications. But Twitter Open Source Manager Chris Aniszczyk said joining the Linux Foundation is unrelated and has been in the works for a while.