OpenTofu Takes Center Stage: A New Open Source Infrastructure as Code Solution Born from the Linux Foundation

In a bold move to address concerns within the open source community following Terraform's licensing change, the Linux Foundation has announced the launch of OpenTofu, an open source alternative to Terraform. With industry heavyweights and hundreds of developers on board, OpenTofu is poised to become the go-to infrastructure as code solution.

OpenTofu, previously known as OpenTF, was born out of a collective commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation in the realm of open source infrastructure management. The project, which started as a response to Terraform's shift from the Mozilla Public License v2.0 (MPLv2) to a Business Source License v1.1, is now an independent, community-driven initiative under the Linux Foundation's neutral governance model.

Industry leaders like Harness, Gruntwork, Spacelift, env0, Scalr, Digger, Terrateam, and Massdriver have formally pledged their support for OpenTofu, with over 140 organizations and 600+ individuals already on board. This backing ensures the continued development and availability of the OpenTofu codebase and a commitment of at least 18 full-time developers over the next five years.

"The launch of OpenTofu signifies a collective commitment to open collaboration and innovation in infrastructure as code," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at the Linux Foundation. "OpenTofu's dedication to open source principles underscores our shared vision of providing accessible, reliable tools that empower the tech community."

Chris Aniszczyk, CTO of CNCF, expressed his excitement about the OpenTofu initiative and looks forward to collaboration with the CNCF community. Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman, Co-founder and CEO of Gruntwork, and an OpenTofu founding team member, emphasized the importance of truly open source tools as the foundation for the modern Internet.

OpenTofu is committed to driving open and collaborative development of infrastructure as code solutions. To learn more about OpenTofu, including how to get involved, contribute, and access their repository, please visit the OpenTofu website and GitHub.

The Linux Foundation's announcement of OpenTofu marks a significant step forward in addressing concerns within the open source community regarding Terraform's licensing change. With industry support and a commitment to open collaboration, OpenTofu is set to become an essential building block for infrastructure as code solutions.