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There are a number of commercial or for-profit entities that are often confused with similarly-named or widely-used open source projects or products. This listing is a very brief selection of some of the major commercial entities people might think of, to serve as an example of some companies that are not in the foundations listing.

  • Progress Chef
    Notable Project(s): Chef; Progress
    Progress Chef is the new Chef Software, Inc., main driver of the Chef line of defops tools.
  • Red Hat, Inc.
    Notable Project(s): RHEL; Fedora
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the commercially supported version built atop the open source Fedora project.
  • Docker, Inc.
    Notable Project(s): Docker
    Docker has always been a commerical company with a number of open source provided tools.
  • Mozilla Corporation
    Notable Project(s): Firefox
    Mozilla Corporation is a for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
  • MariaDB plc
    Notable Project(s): MariaDB
    MariaDB plc is the current publicly traded commercial company building atop the open source MariaDB SQL database.
  • SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH
    Notable Project(s): SUSE Linux Enterprise; openSUSE
    SUSE supports commercial Linux distros atop the openSUSE project.