Through this year and next, the Linux Foundation will launch a full suite of CommunityBridge tools to assist open source developers and ecosystems. Today’s launch of CommunityBridge offers open source communities early access to:
CommunityBridge Funding: enabling developers to transparently raise and spend funding
CommunityBridge Security: providing transparency into potential vulnerabilities and fixes
CommunityBridge People: enabling easy connections of mentors and prospective mentees interested in getting involved in projects and advancing diversity.
From today, the Linux Foundation will provide early access to the platform for select project, members, and organizations. Early access applications can be found at communitybridge.org.
It is free for maintainers and developers to access and use the CommunityBridge platform. As an incentive for projects to get involved in the CommunityBridge early access program, the Linux Foundation will absorb the cost of any platform and payment processor fees for the first $10 million USD raised through the platform.
CommunityBridge will provide security features, such as a scanning service to provide maintainers with relevant information about upstream dependencies, security vulnerabilities, usage reports, and licensing details. A bug bounty service will be available to provide replicable defects as well as a backlog of actionable data that maintainers can use to improve the security and robustness of projects.
The Linux Foundation is also launching a new incentive program to reward open source projects that place a focus on improving diversity through mentoring in communities. The Diversity Stipends Matching program will offer $3,000 matching stipends for the first 100 diverse mentees engaged by projects through the CommunityBridge platform. This program is available to encourage participation by mentees from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups in technology and open source communities, including, but not limited to, persons identifying as LGBTQ, women, persons of colour, and/or persons with disabilities.