Mender is an open source project, licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0 for the following reasons:
To make our software available to any person or company whose problems it will solve, without any license or vendor lock-in constraints.
To encourage a thriving community that is open and equal.
To build a sustainable open source business for the long term.
Our team has a background in open source, and we believe that the more eyes there are, the security and quality of the code will increase accordingly. A permissive open source license such as ours encourages a thriving open source community, which in turn provides a healthy peer review mechanism that closed source or other restrictive licenses simply cannot compete with.
As the source code for Mender is open source, it is free to use by anyone, at your own discretion and risk.
We offer board support services, as well as software support for Mender so your team can submit support tickets to resolve any issues and have urgent bug fixes delivered. Mender also provides general Professional Services in case your team needs assistance, for example setting up the Yocto Project environment according to best practices for OTA integration.
The Linux Foundation supports a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of technologies and is helping to fix the internet’s most critical security problems. Mender became a member of the Linux Foundation to solidify our commitment to open source. We hope it will be an arena for learning and collaboration for the Mender project.
Mender is also a participant in the Yocto Project - an open source collaboration project that provides templates, tools and methods to help you create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products regardless of the hardware architecture.