Before digging into OpenTelemetry, it is important to understand some core concepts first.
The concepts section helps you learn more about the data sources and components of the OpenTelemetry project in order to obtain a deeper understanding of how OpenTelemetry works.
Background information on OpenTelemetry
Categories of telemetry supported by OpenTelemetry
The main components that make up OpenTelemetry
How OpenTelemetry facilitates automatic and manual instrumentation of applications
Learn how to add native instrumentation to your library
The OpenTelemetry project facilitates the collection of telemetry data via the OpenTelemetry Collector
A distribution, not to be confused with a fork, is customized version of an OpenTelemetry component.
Terminology you may or may not be familiar with used by the OpenTelemetry project