GitLab's open source program is part of the Community Relations team.
On this page, you'll find information about the following sub-programs that are part of the open source program at GitLab. You'll find information about what they are and how they are run.
|Program Name & Section in the Handbook||Description||Landing Page or Workboard|
|GitLab for Open Source Program||Qualifying open source projects get our top tiers and 50K CI minutes for free. Applications are processed according to the Community Programs Application Workflow.||OSS Program Landing Page|
|Open Source Partners||A partnership program designed for large or prominent open source orgs||OSS Partners Landing Page|
|Consortium Memberships||These memberships allow us to show our technology thought leadership, help with our branding, and/or provide opportunities for engineering alignment||Consortium Membership Workboard|
Epics, issue boards, and labels are used to track our work. For more information on the specific ones we use, please visit the Community Relations project management page.
GitLab creates Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) per quarter. Here are the current OKRs for the GitLab for Open Source program.
We use the GitLab for Open Source KPI Dashboard on Sisene to track program metrics. This dashboard's visibility is internal to GitLab team members only and measures the following:
Current status stats: These stats give us an idea of how many active users we have as part of the GitLab for Open Source program.
Stats counted from program inception: Lifetime stats of how the program has performed since its creation.
At GitLab, our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.
The GitLab for Open Source program supports GitLab's mission by empowering and enabling open source projects with our most advanced features so that they can create greater impact and amplify the contribution mindset within their spheres of influence.
This program's vision is to make GitLab the best place for Open Source projects to thrive at scale.
Apart from actively maintaining and constantly adding value to the open source Community Edition, GitLab makes the Enterprise Edition's top Ultimate and Gold tiers available free-of-cost to qualifying open source projects.
More information about the program can be found on the GitLab for Open Source landing page.
Note: This program grants Gold features are the group level (these features are things like epics, roadmaps, merge requests, and other Gold features for groups). Any public project on GitLab.com automatically gets Gold features at the project level.
Priority Support. While our GitLab for Open Source program does not include paid support, members of the program receive a 95% discount on Priority Support. Support can be purchased for $4.95 per user per month by sending us an email to email@example.com and requesting an add-on.
Migration Services. For open source communities that need assistance with their migration, our team provides a variety of services to help. Check out our professional services page for more information.
Additional services. We sometimes hear requests for services we do not provide, such as providing hosting for Community Edition instances. We've partnered with others to help expand the options for our users. Check out our Technology Partners to learn more.
The following SKUs are related to the GitLab for Open Source program:
In order to qualify, projects must meet the program requirements listed on the GitLab for Open Source application page.
Here are some guidelines that help us make decisions about whether or not projects qualify:
Examples of OSS projects that usually qualify:
Examples that usually do not qualify:
For more questions, please see our GitLab for Open Source FAQ or contact us at
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept all open source projects that are affiliated with the US Federal government. Projects that are affiliated must work with a Sales representative to see if they qualify.
From time to time, we make strategic exceptions to our program requirements, such as to the federal exception policy. These requests must be made by a GitLab Sales team member on behalf of a project.
Requests for qualification exceptions can be made by filing a new issue on the GitLab for Open Source program kanban board and selecting the
In order for this to be approved, both Account Executives and their Managers will need to sign off by checking the box next to their name in the submitted issue. If there is a relevant Technical Account Manager (TAM) associated with the account, they should be added to the issue in FYI so that they are notified of the exception request.
Qualifying open source projects can apply for self-hosted Ultimate or SaaS Gold by submitting the GitLab for Open Source application form.
We follow then follow the community programs application workflow to process applications.
For more information on what applicants can expect, please see the
Application Process section of the GitLab for Open Source application form.
There are a number of organizations that offer open source programs with discounts or free services just for open source projects. Here is a list of some of the programs we know that have been useful to pair with the GitLab for Open Source program:
GitLab Docs are a great resource for our program members since our docs are the single source of truth and answer a wide variety of questions program members may face.
If program members are unable to find what they're looking for in our docs, we ask that they post their question in the GitLab Forum. There, they can interact with other members of our community and many GitLab employees. We encourage program members to join the forum even if they don't have questions so that they can meet other members of our community.
In line with our Transparency value, GitLab has an open roadmap, so our community can always see what's ahead in the product priorities.
Feedback helps us to build the best product possible. Whether it's a bug report, a feature request, or feedback to our company, here's a guide for how to submit feedback.
Make sure to Thumbs Up issues.
Our team looks at the number of
Thumbs Up votes as an indicator for priority, so make sure you're using that feature on issues as a quick way to give us feedback. Writing detailed comments of your use-case and thorough issue desciptions is another way you can help make it easier for our team to understand your needs and respond to your questions.
Just search for relevant issues on the GitLab product project, and start giving us your feedback!
When the GitLab for Open Source program began, we kept track and publicly displayed the members who joined the GitLab for Open Source Program at https://about.gitlab.com/solutions/open-source/projects/.
To do this, applicants submitted a Merge Request to the GitLab OSS project. Whenever the applicant was approved, and as part of the process, the project was added to a master list on the
Unfortunately, the open source project list is now outdated because of the following reasons:
This section talks about how we used to update the open source project list so that we preserve this knowledge as we plan for future iterations of an open source project directory.
While the original Merge Request process was ideally meant to keep the list updated, there was also a manual step involved in transferring the file from the
/gitlab-com/marketing/community-relations/gitlab-oss repository to the GitLab's website repository.
These additional steps were required to update the GitLab for Open Source members list on the website:
At this time, the master list on the
/gitlab-com/marketing/community-relations/gitlab-oss repository is only updated for applications, not for renewals. As such, it might contain data from projects who initially applied for the program but did not renew their yearly license.
The GitLab Open Source Partners program seeks to build relationships with open source projects that have thousands of community members or users (or more).
Through our partnership, we aim to gain insight to help us build a better product and navigate the challenges of being an open core, for-profit company. We also aim to create greater outreach through co-marketing and special initiatives.
Full program benefits and requirements can be found on the GitLab Open Source Partners landing page.
We have Open Source partners that use a variety of GitLab's products. In addition to Gold and Ultimate, some of our Open Source Partners use the Community Edition instead of the Enterprise Edition because of their strong FOSS values.
We'd like to invite you to join our GitLab Open Source Partners program . This program's aim is to feature your project in blogs, at GitLab events, and more, while also helping us engage with your community more regularly and learn more about your experience using GitLab. Since you're already part of our GitLab for Open Source program , and are a prominent open source project, we would love to have you as an open source partner. Just as an FYI, there are no membership dues for this program as it is completely free of cost.
Please let me know if you're interested in connecting to learn more about this partnership opportunity. Feel free to grab time on my calendar for a short call: [calendly link], or if you prefer to chat more via email, we can do that too.
Public issue trackers help us understand the priority of various feature requests and bugs for our Open Source Partners (priority is denoted as: blockers, urgent, important, and nice-to-have). When OSS Partners set up a public issue tracker, it has the added benefit of helping them get used to our workflow so that they can start giving us more product feedback and helping us improve the product together.
We ask that a representative of the OSS Partner org opens the issue tracker so that they are able to edit the description section. If someone at GitLab opens the issue on the OSS Partner's behalf, the OSS Partner will not have edit access.
Follow these steps to create a public issue tracker:
OSS_Partnertemplate where it prompts you to select a template, and click on
Examples of public issue trackers:
The Open Source Program Manager worked with the Content team on an editorial strategy to meet the needs of the Open Source Partners program. Posts about technical content and open source partner migrations tend to be very popular, so the Content team collaborates by brainstorming topics and doing reviews.
You'll need to add an entry to the
data/organizations.yml file using GitLab's WebIDE.
Follow this format (you can copy and paste it at the bottom of the organizations.yml file):
- name: ORG NAME logo: /images/organizations/logo_ORG NAME.svg logo_color: /images/organizations/logo_ORG NAME_color.svg industry_type: 'open source software' home_url: landing: false opensource_partner: true
- name: Inkscape logo: /images/organizations/logo_inkscape.svg logo_color: /images/organizations/logo_inkscape_color.svg industry_type: 'open source software' home_url: https://inkscape.org landing: false opensource_partner: true
*.svg) version of the logo in the official channels (e.g. the ARM trademarks page has SVG as one of the download options). If you can't find the SVG file on their channels, you may need to Google it and find one on Wikimedia Commons. Download the original file.
logo_ORG Name.svg– Example:
logo_inkscape.svg. This will be the greyscale image that will be shown on the customer reference page.
logo_ORG Name_color.svg– Example:
logo_inkscape_color.svg. This will be the color image that displays on the Open Source Partners page.
Greyscale. Click on
Live Previewso you can see what will happen. Save your changes.
logo_ORG Name.svgas detailed above.
Note: If you are not using Inkscape, aim for getting a greyscale image with Hex Color Code: Dark Grey
#444444 and then export the greyscale logo as an SVG with a transparent background.
Do this for both color and grey logos:
Prefer viewBox to width/heightfactor is toggled
On. It should be near the bottom of the list of optimization factors.
source/images/organizationsand upload the two prepped logos
Once you've completed these steps, check to make sure that the pipleline works, and check out the preview. If it looks ok, have someone review and merge!
Unfortunately, the review app will not automatically show you the preview. Here's how to generate a link to preview the changes.
The View App lets you preview your changes. It detects which files have been changed, and then creates a URL, or a set of URLs, pointing to the built pages with the changes.
Since this type of merge request (adding a new logo to the OSS partners page), does not change any HTML files, the View App does not know where to point to. It defaults to the GitLab home page.
View App points to the GitLab home page for this build as mentioned above, we need to add the path to the webpage you'd like to preview.
To do this, you need to be familiar with four parts of the View App URL:
https://– it doesn't include "www"
.about.gitlab-review.app– this is what builds the preview
/solutions/open-source/partners(path to the webpage I want to preview)
This formula creates:
https://nuritzi-master-patch-24835.about.gitlab-review.app/solutions/open-source/partners. This link allows you to preview the MR changes for the
nuritzi-master-patch-24835 branch on the GitLab Open Source Partners page.
For ease of use, here's the formula:
`https://` [your branch] `.about.gitlab-review.app` [rest of the path to the page you want to build]
You should now be able to create preview links when the View App doesn't work!
We define Consortiums as (often open source) groups that have come together to further a technology cause. The prototypical Consortium would be the Linux Foundation (LF), which is a non-profit technology consortium founded in 2000 as a merger between Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group. The Linux Foundation's mission is to standardize Linux, support its growth, and promote its commercial adoption. It hosts and promotes the collaborative development of open source software projects.
Consortiums are marketing giants in the enterprise technology ecosystem. The success of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation today, the OpenStack foundation in the past, and many others, prove the value of technology thought leadership, branding, and engineering alignment. While these memberships sit within the budget of the Community Team's Open Source program, the Developer Evangelism team focuses on consortium marketing and integrating into the community to bring the GitLab technical perspective to the right conversations.
Here are some of the factors we keep in mind when considering to join a new consortium:
|Goals||Indicators||Examples of Indicators|
|Awareness Opportunities||Size of organization / contributor / member base: how many people are part of the organization’s community?||Monthly authenticated vs. non authenticated users visiting the sit. Annual users who perform a contribution activity of any kind. Annual users who perform a code-related contribution activity|
|Frequency and impact of marketing opportunities: what kind of communication channels do they have? Will we appear in official channels? How prominent is our placement?||Channels may include: Social, Newsletters, Blogs, Events (Size of each event)|
|Ease of Collaboration||Dedicated marketing resources / point person: Does the organization have marketing capacity?||How mature is the organization's brand and marketing portions? Is marketing handled by volunteers, paid employees?|
|Relationship: how responsive is the person in charge of the relationship?||An alternative metric might be: Time-to-Execute for a few standard communication types. For example: from case study ideation to execution - 1 week? 1 month? 1 quarter?|
|Understanding of community gates: Can the foundation approve directly - is there a community feedback process, is board approval required, etc|
|Contribution and hiring pool opportunities||Active community: How active is the community and do they know their own community’s health, engagement, etc?||Frequency of contribution? Rate of adoption?|
|Hiring opportunities: Are there opportunities to recruit from the community's talent pool?||What is the growth of the community or foundation itself? Are there job opportunities within that software ecosystem (are people hiring contributors from this community in general)? Are there job boards, or other professional development activities?|
|What kind of informal and formal ways are there for us to contribute, and do they align with our interests?||Working groups? Advisory boards? Special initiatives?|
|Can GitLab participate in the project's roadmap in ways that creates mutual value?||Example: Promoting adoption of GitLabCI to improve project testing and also expose contributors to GitLab's tools for their day-jobs/for-profit ventures.|
We are currently members of the following consortiums:
|Consortium||Level||Activities||Membership Details (internal only)|
|Linux Foundation||Silver||Eric Johnson is currently on the Board||Membership Details|
|Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)||Silver||Brendan O'Leary currently on the board||Membership Details|
|Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)||Silver||Collaborating on Legend project||Membership Details|
Full details of our memberships with these organizations is available to GitLab team members only: Community Relations Consortium Memberships.
Some of the consortium memberhsip in which we participate allow members to run for their Board of Directors. Here is more information about how these elections run and how GitLab has run the internal nomination and campaigning process.
An issue was created for each nomination so that GitLab team members who were interested in running could discuss, as well as for internal nominations to occur. Teams involved: Community Relations, Alliances, Marketing leadership (CMO, Director of Corporate Marketing).
Once GitLab candidates were nominated, the Community Relations team helped run campaigns for the candidates. A spreadsheet was created with member companies, and a campaign message template was created. GitLab team members were made aware of the election and were given access to the spreadsheet and template in case they wanted to help campaign (announced on the
#whats-happening-at-gitlab Slack channel).
The social media team is able to promote elections notification news. They need a page to point people to, preferably an updated page that lists the board of directors, or else a social media post from the organization that mentions the election results.
There are two Board Seats for Silver members and they are open for 2 year terms. This means that each year, only one seat is open for Silver member nominations.
The election process was not widely publicized for the 2021 election cycle and only the Primary/Voting contact was notified. Nominations had to be submitted via a form.
The entire election process lasted about two weeks: Jan 25th - Feb 11th. For more information, see this issue about the 2021 Linux Foundation Nominations (available to view by GitLab team members only).
Board of Directors - This election ran from December 9, 2020 to January 11, 2021 for the 2021 seat. Only one board seat was available and candidates sent self-nominations via a form.
Marketing Chair - This election ran from December 2nd - December 17th in 2020 for 2021 seats. The Marketing contact was sent an email with voting instructions and candidates sent their self-nomination emails to the CNCF marketing list.
We have a small budget to sponsor events that allow us to engage with and build relationships among our current open source partners' communities. All other event sponsorship requests, are handled by our field marketing team.