The Zephyr Project is governed by its member organizations as a Collaborative Project underneath the Linux Foundation, a 501(c)6 non-profit organization which provides a legal and administrative framework for the project as well as many services. Members pay annual dues that are used for the administration of the project, and also contribute personnel, time, and equipment to help satisfy the project's needs, including those for infrastructure management, community management, public relations, and project advocacy. Specific roles and responsibilities are outlined below.

Governing Bodies

The project is composed of two governing groups: administrative, and technical. The administrative leaders meet in a Governing Board to discuss and choose policies, articulate strategy, and provide guidance to the technical leaders. The technical leadership includes a hierarchy of subsystem Maintainers. The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) functions as a bridge between these groups. The TSC appoints a chair who sits on the Governing Board and represents interests of the TSC, and also works with the TSC to find solutions per the direction of Governing Board. 

Each member organization provides an administrative representative to the project's Governing Board, and a technical representative to the Technical Steering Committee. In choosing Maintainers from the community of project developers, the TSC evaluates the needs of the project as a whole and the subsystem or component, taking into account the active participation of the individual. This results in a system of governance that relies on merit and trust as well as participation and transparency.

Roles and Responsibilities

Administrative governance includes oversight as well as the provision of services to the project, usually in the form of sub-groups underneath the Governing Board. These can be created at any time and consist of member representatives designated for specific administrative tasks.

Administrative Leaders

Current administrative sub-groups and roles include:

  • Technical Steering Committee, described above, organized intentionally with no single leader, with communications administered by the Community Manager
  • Finance: administration of project finances, headed by a Finance Administrator or Treasurer
  • Infrastructure: servers and systems administration, headed by a Systems Administrator
  • Advocacy: public relations, website and materials management, training management, and other outreach activities headed by a Lead Advocate
  • Community: management and coordination of community activities and forums, including the organization of conferences, direct communication with project participants, outreach to prospective members, maintaining a singe contact representing the project, and a liaison among all other groups, headed by a Community Manager, who also chairs administrative meetings and manages meeting schedules

Members of these sub-groups direct activities within those categories, often with service providers. For example, the Linux Foundation currently provides some advocacy and infrastructure (servers and systems administration) to the Zephyr Project. Other roles are filled by members.

Technical Leaders

Technical leadership also includes administrative roles defined by the needs of the project. Current technical roles include:

  • Chief Architect: responsible for directing technical tasks within the project and managing the other roles
  • Maintainers: responsible for bug triage and managing technical tasks related to specific components
  • Program/Project Manager: responsible for schedules, chairing technical meetings, and resolving conflicts within the technical development of the project
  • Release Manager: responsible for handling the release process


The organizations on this page represent the founding members of the Zephyr Project. These are the organizations who see the value and the promise in a flexible, tiny real-time kernel with robust hardware support and world-class tools, matched with the transparency and strength of a community-based open source project.

To find out how you can be on this list as a member organization, visit the Governance page.

Intel Corporation, founding Platinum member

NXP Semiconductors, founding Platinum member

Synopsys, Inc., founding Platinum member

Find Out More

Joining Zephyr: If you are interested in becoming a corporate member, email us at membership@zephyrproject.org and you will be contacted shortly. 

As the Zephyr Project grows, this page will incorporate many of the features and events the community has to offer.

» See us at OpenIoT Summit 2016

» Zephyr Project YouTube Channel

» View Presentations From Embedded World 2016

Copyrights & Trademarks

The Zephyr Project is an open source project formed in 2015 to manage the Zephyr kernel, its subsystems and core components, and its toolchain and development tools. In reference to the project, it is preferred to use the entire name "Zephyr Project" to distinguish it from the Zephyr kernel. Derivative operating systems are expected to have their own names.

Zephyr Project™ and the Zephyr Project logo are registered trademarks of the Linux Foundation. Other trademarks used within the project are maintained by their respective owners.

Export Compliance


By downloading the Zephyr Project, upstream source used to generate features or components, or any binaries generated by the Zephyr Project, you acknowledge that you understand all of the following: 

The Zephyr Project, its component parts and technical information may be subject to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (the “EAR”) and other U.S. and foreign laws and may not be exported, re-exported or transferred

(a) to any country listed in Country Group E:1 in Supplement No. 1 to part 740 of the EAR (currently, Iran, North Korea, Sudan & Syria);

(b) to any prohibited destination or to any end user who has been prohibited from participating in U.S. export transactions by any federal agency of the U.S. government; or

(c) for use in connection with the design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, or rocket systems, space launch vehicles, or sounding rockets, or unmanned air vehicle systems.

You may not download the Zephyr Project, its component parts and technical information if you are located in one of these countries or otherwise subject to these restrictions. You may not provide the Zephyr Project, its component parts and technical information to individuals or entities located in one of these countries or otherwise subject to these restrictions. You are also responsible for compliance with foreign law requirements applicable to the import, export and use of The Zephyr Project, its component parts and technical information.

The Zephyr Project is covered under a TSU exception. Its ECCN is 5D002TSU.