When we hosted our first ever lifter event earlier this year, we asked the open source maintainers in attendance to imagine the future of open source, identifying ways that the broader ecosystem could be improved for creators and users alike.
We also asked them to share their feedback for Tidelift, along with their expectations and goals for our partnership. As we wrote before, visibility into all packages that are eligible for income on Tidelift was one of their top demands 😅
But the first iteration of this (a static blog post) was obviously not scalable! To remedy this, we published a dynamic search page where anyone can view all packages that are currently eligible for income on Tidelift.
This page was so popular among lifters—and led to many more packages being supported through Tidelift—that we wanted to give it a more permanent home!
As the number of packages eligible for income continues to grow, one interesting data point is that four communities (npm, Maven, RubyGems, and Packagist) each have over 800 packages currently eligible for income. 📈
What does “eligible for income” even mean, though? It means that there are paying Tidelift customers (we call them subscribers) who depend on your package in their commercial product or tooling. They pay Tidelift to receive a managed subscription covering their dependencies, and Tidelift, in turn, partners with the maintainers of those projects to help deliver enterprise-grade coverage for them.
If your package is eligible for income on Tidelift, you can join our network of hundreds of maintainers and level up your project, helping turn it into a commercial-grade product. You get paid for providing enterprise-grade assurances to teams that depend on your software (and are willing to pay for!) them.