The 2018 Uber Open Summit is currently taking place, and making use of the occasion, the cab aggregator has announced its decision to join the Linux foundation as a Gold member. With this, the company joins the ranks of premium technology firms that are committed to using, creating, and contributing to open source tools.

Speaking on the topic, Uber CTO Thuan Pham said:

Open source technology is the backbone of many of Uber’s core services and as we continue to mature, these solutions will become ever more important.

He also said that the Linux foundation was a great place for interested businesses to collaborate towards the creation of open source projects.

Uber has always been a proponent of open-source technology, and is known to have worked on over 320 open-source projects and repositories from 1,500 contributors involving over 70,000 commits.

A Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch:

Uber has made significant investments in shared software development and community collaboration through open source over the years, including contributing the popular open-source project Jaeger, a distributed tracing system, to the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation in 2017.

Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said of Uber joining the Linux Foundation:

Their expertise will be instrumental for our projects as we continue to advance open solutions for cloud native technologies, deep learning, data visualization and other technologies that are critical to businesses today.

Other members of the Linux Foundation include top-notch companies like Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, and VMware. Its members are divided into multiple sub-categories including: Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Cloud Foundry Foundation, The Hyperledger Foundation and the Linux operating system.

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