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Development teams get better maintained open source. Maintainers get paid.

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The challenge

Unmaintained code slows you down and adds risk

92% of applications developed today contain open source components. Yet the vast majority are not maintained to the standard you would expect of commercial software. And understandably so, since most open source maintainers haven’t traditionally been paid for their work.

Using open source is free—if your time is worth nothing.

Like any software, without careful maintenance, entropy sets in and things start to go wrong: broken builds, licensing mistakes, security incidents. Without someone else accountable to do the work, the burden of unmaintained dependencies falls on your team, slowing you down and taxing your capacity to build new things.

What if you could have the flexibility to build with open source together with the confidence of commercial-grade software? Maybe you could move fast and not break things.

That’s why we created the Tidelift Subscription.

92%

of applications contain open source libraries

The solution

The Tidelift Subscription

A managed open source subscription that gives you the flexibility to build with open source together with the confidence of commercial-grade software.  

Covering application development in JavaScript, Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, and more.

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A better business model for open source

Better for software development teams

A managed open source subscription backed by the creators and maintainers who built the packages you depend on.

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Heggen

Erlend Sogge Heggen, VP of Community at Discourse

“Discourse has become a Tidelift subscriber not only to benefit from professional-grade assurances around software that’s integral to our business, but to constructively partner with the individuals who create those packages. Paying the maintainers is something we know is effective, and it’s also an urgent priority for our business, since it ensures the technology we rely on is maintained and dependable.”

Better for open source maintainers

A way to get paid for the value you create, simply by keeping your projects well maintained.

Maintainers: Get Paid

 

You

Evan You, founder of Vue

“Tidelift has a really interesting approach to funding open source work. It’s a pretty simple concept: maintainers get paid and the organizations who use their projects get the support and dependability they need in return. I believe that this model helps us move closer to a future where many more maintainers like me can afford to work on their projects full time."

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“What enterprises and open source alike would benefit from is a model which provides businesses with high quality, dependable support for a much wider range of products and developers with the incentive to provide it. This is exactly the opportunity Tidelift is focused on.”

—Stephen O’Grady, Co-founder and Principal Analyst at RedMonk

 

Resources to get you started

The Tidelift guide to managing open source

The Tidelift guide to managing open source

This guide explores best practices for software development teams seeking to optimize their use of open source components.
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Key open source usage trends in professional development teams

Key open source usage trends in professional development teams

Key open source usage trends in professional development teams
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Convince your team one pager and presentation

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