Linuxaudio.org is a not-for-profit consortium of libre software projects and artists, companies, institutions, organizations, and hardware vendors using Linux kernel-based systems and allied libre software for audio-related work, with an emphasis on professional tools for the music, production, recording, and broadcast industries. The consortium aims to co-ordinate joint projects between members, collaborate on the promotion of Linux based systems for audio tasks, offer programs beneficial to members and subsequently its mission, and provide a single point of contact for prospective industry partners.
Organisations, institutions, companies, and projects of all sizes as well as individuals are involved in audio development on Linux kernel based platforms. Until the launch of Linuxaudio.org, there has not been a formal organisation to assist and promote the development of this technology. Linuxaudio.org takes its inspiration from the Open Source Development Lab, where Linux kernel development is co-ordinated, and the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum. Both of these organisations have attracted broad support from the leading companies in their respective fields.
In the coming year we are looking to establish a foundation whose purpose will be sponsorship opportunities for member organisations. This sponsorship could take the form of support for members attending audio industry events and conferences, the donation of hardware to software developers and test facilities, competitions, awards, and other.
In its current state, the Linuxaudio.org consortium does not charge membership fees, as this would disadvantage small libre software projects and specialist companies who are already making a substantial contribution to Linux audio by developing and releasing software for free download. Therefore, the membership overhead, apart from voluntary participation in consortium's mailing lists is at present practically nonexistent. More importantly, all projects, institutions, organizations, companies, and other entities compatible with and/or relevant to the consortium's mission are invited and welcome to join. Such an action will not only strengthen consortium as an institution, but will also offer prospective members new opportunities in terms of interaction, collaboration, exposure, as well as support, fostering a perpetual symbiotic relationship between the organisation and its constituents.
Any party fitting the aforesaid description who is interested in joining the consortium should contact us.
Linuxaudio.org members will be expected to agree to the conditions set out in the Policy document. Upon joining the consortium, all members are strongly encouraged to join the consortium's general member mailing list in order to represent their respective project/institution, voice their concerns, as well as to participate in day-to-day operations.