Our parent, NLnet Labs, has been at the cradle of the internet as we know it. Since its inception in 1999, NLnet Labs has contributed strongly and with massive impact to the development of the global internet. As a research and development center, NLnet Labs is leading in the conception and development of Open Standards and Open Source software that turns a network of networks into an open and free accessible internet for all. NLnet Labs’ software is used on a global level in mission-critical environments, including a significant share in the DNS root server system.

The foundation’s objective is to (further) develop and distribute —on a non-profit basis— Open Source software (being software whose source code is freely available to third parties) and Open Standards (being standards based on a publicly accessible procedure, allowing free use for all) for the internet, and do what is directly or indirectly connected to that.

Because of the not-for-profit foundation of NLnet Labs, the need for funding has led to the establishment of Open Netlabs in 2013. Open Netlabs is a 100 percent subsidiary of NLnet Labs and generates a sustainable long term revenue stream while at the same time enhancing the performance of NLnet Labs’ software by providing qualitative support and consultancy to the users of NLnet Labs software.