Facebook, Google and Twitter are among a group of heavyweight tech companies to launch a new open-source sharing group called TODO.
TODO – which stands for “talk openly, develop openly” – has been formed to try and make it easier for large web companies to tackle the challenges that occur around issues with software and programs.
The group’s website states: “The members of this group are committed to working together in order to overcome these challenges. We will be sharing experiences, developing best practices and working on common tooling.”
James Pearce, head of open source at Facebook, explained in a blog post that Facebook is hoping to bring together major web giants to share their insight on the use of open source will help improve the community for everyone.
“We want to run better, more impactful open-source programs in our own companies; we want to make it easier for people to consume the technologies we open source; and we want to help create a roadmap for companies that want to create their open-source programs but aren’t sure how to proceed,” he said.
Facebook has taken an active role in promoting the use of open-source technology, with its Open Compute project seeking to share knowledge on building servers to reduce power consumption and save money.
Other members of the group include Box, Dropbox, GitHub, Stripe, Square and Walmart Labs. Any other organisation interested in joining the collective is asked to email their details to be considered.