Linux for the Holidays

Linux for the Holidays

Summary: Want to support Linux, the Linux Foundation has a holiday deal and contest for you.


The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Linux, has announced a new individual membership drive and promotion for the holidays that makes members eligible to win free Store T-shirts, hats, mugs and the like.

According to the Foundation, new members who sign up for an individual Linux Foundation membership between today, December 3 and December 20, 2010 will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of five U.S. $50 gift cards to the Store. The annual membership fee for individuals is $99 U.S. Student membership is $25 U.S. and includes all the same benefits as individual members. These prizes will be available just in time for the holidays.

Wah! I'm not eligible. No fair!

Wait, what's this! Existing members and non-members can also  enter the drawing by mailing their name and email address to The Linux Foundation headquarters. The address and official rules for the drawing are available at the Linux Foundation website. Yea!

I feel better now. I still won't enter since I write about Linux, but it is nice that people who are already members have a shot at some of the prizes.

Whether you win or not, there are some nice benefits to belonging to the Linux Foundation besides simply supporting Linux. For example you can have a email address; a choice of T-shirt; employee purchase pricing from Dell, HP, and Lenovo; 35 percent off O'Reilly books and e-books; and a variety of deep discounts for such major Linux and open-source trade shows as LinuxCon, OSCon, and the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE). You also get a 10% discount on Linux Foundation classes.

At the store, you can also get a wide variety of merchandise and T-shirts, hats, mugs and other items that reflect "geek culture." I mean where else are you going to find a FSCK the System t-shirt?? Well, you could probably find something like it at ThinkGeek, but guess what? As a Linux Foundation member you get a discount there too.

Of course the real point of joining the Linux Foundation isn't that you can get cheap swag-although that doesn't hurt-it's that you can help Tux the penguin and Linux waddle their way to becoming ever better and more important.

Topics: Software, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems

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  • RE: Linux for the Holidays

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Pay $99 just to join a club that is free? And for what, a maybe possibly a free t-shirt? BWAHAHAHA! OMG I didn't think linux users were this gullible but they proved me wrong.

    There is absolutely no reason to join any linux club. The software is free, the development is free, so there should be no need to pay any money. Besides that I can't thin of any good that has come out of the linux foundation. The only thing I ever see them do is whine and cry about other operating systems. Do yourselves a favor and save your money instead of giving to this "foundation". Yes I use quotes because its not really a foundation. Its more of an extortion racket or MLM to get your money.
    Loverock Davidson
    • For a guy that runs Debian servers

      You must then be a gullible Linux user, Loverock Davison
    • RE: Linux for the Holidays

      @Loverock Davidson - RTFSP (you-know-what-goes-here-"S"ixth-"P"aragraph) ;-)

      Just sayin', at the rate at which some of us acquire technology, or take classes, or buy books/ebooks, or go to conferences, or... what SJVN cites here is actually a really good deal. If you're buying a laptop for yourself (or on behalf of a family member), this more than pays for itself.
    • You are...

      @Loverock Davidson

      an embarrassment to humanity.
      • RE: Linux for the Holidays

        Loverock Davidson is a Freelance writer.

        Paid Shill
      • RE: Linux for the Holidays

        I don't know that I'd call Lovey a "writer"...and he'd probably have a problem with the "free" in "Freelance"...
      • daikon - I'm not the same person!

        @Economister Daikon - I'm not the same person as this Loverock Davidson - I don't understand how people have gotten us confused, or why someone is using my name on this site, but I would appreciate it if this stopped. You or anyone else here is free to contact me at if there are questions, but we're not the same person.
    • Alan Henry. Time to change your ways.

      @Loverock Davidson
      Or you are headed for trouble.
      Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
      • RE: Linux for the Holidays

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

        Is this him?

        By day, freelance writer Alan Henry is a professional geek, helping his coworkers make the best technology decisions for their business needs. He traded an astrophysicist's lab coat (no joke!) for a career as a professional geek and hasn't looked back. He's enamored with all manner of gadgets, and thinks that the fastest way to feel like you have a new computer is to buy a new keyboard and mouse. As a result, he has a drawer full of mice. He loves everything USB, adores Apple, and believes in the promise of Web 2.0. Alan also writes the tech blog Gears and Widgets and TechTV Forever. In his spare time, Alan can be found in World of Warcraft, pwning noobs.

        No wonder ZDNet never bans him.

        Youve been exposed loser.
      • RE: Linux for the Holidays

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate


        Found this on his Linkedin profile:

        My experience lends itself to Information Technology. For the past several years I have worked primarily as a technical project manager for a multi-million dollar database marketing firm, supporting a 24/7, high-performance, multi-site environment. Prior to that, I obtained my Masters degree in Business Administration, and I worked in the network and systems analysis, technology support, and IT consulting, aiding clients with use of specialized enterprise infrastructure and applications.
        Some of those areas include systems running in a UNIX/Linux environment, large-scale databases, cross-platform wired and wireless networking on both large and small scales, and enterprise email and calendaring systems.

      • Guys - I'm Alan Henry, freelance writer - and I'm not this person!

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate <br><br>All - I've said this in a number of places, and I've submitted a ticket with ZDNet support to see what can be done - but I don't hang out at this community and registered this account specifically so I could combat these claims! I'm a freelance writer yes, but I'm not the same person who seems to be trolling your forums. <br><br>I don't know how this case of mistaken identity started, but I'd really like it to stop! I'm the same Alan Henry you've found on Facebook and LinkedIn, and I'm proud of my professional profile, but I'm not this person that's trolling you.

        Cyberslammer2 - I don't know who you are - but you have found MY profile information on LinkedIn and at PC Mag. But sadly, I'm not the person who comments on these blogs..I think you have me mistaken for the person who's been trolling here.

        My information is public, but you're welcome to reach out to me at - I'm neither "Loverock Davidson" or the "Alan Henry" who apparently has been commenting here. My username is "alanhenry," which I only registered today so I could contact ZDNet support about this problem.
    • RE: Linux for the Holidays

      @Loverock Davidson---As brianwarner pointed out, that $99 dollar investment can actually pay back nicely; also if you read O'Reilly books/e-books, etc. I suppose you missed these salient points.
      But where I have a bone to pick with you, is that you exemplify the pot calling the kettle black.
      'The only thing I ever see them do is whine and cry about other operating systems.'
      Very few on these blogs, 'whine and cry about other operating systems', as you do. Like a constant nasal drip!
    • RE: Linux for the Holidays

      @Loverock Davidson

      Don't worry, the percentage probability of a Linux person paying for anything is about the same as their global desktop usage.

      And with Linux you always get what you pay for.
    • By that logic, there's no point in donating to PBS, either

      or to Easter Seals TB foundation, or to any number of charities and public-interest organizations that sweeten the pot by passing on some more-or-less related swag/services offered by some of their larger sponsors. Maybe a <i>Red Dwarf</i> coffee mug, or a postal lost-keys return service, or a discount on O'Reilly books -- it's all good.<br><br>This is not about buying a product, this is about <i>donating</i> to a worthy cause. If you don't like the cause, there might not be a lot of reason to donate, but in this case, the "personal benefits" seem pretty good.
  • Why are they using hot T-shirt models on that web site?

    They are clearly not a representive of the target audience.
  • RE: Linux for the Holidays

    nah no thanks ugly LinOXE sucks
    • RE: Linux for the Holidays

      Another paid shill
  • people why do you answer to loverock

    if everbody ignore him ........ he will stop.Dont respond i know it hard not to respond to stupidity but make a effort . this site will be better of
    • But.....


      it is SOOOOOO therapeutic to take my anger out on him. I cannot imagine anybody more deserving. ;-)
      • Iknow i know man .....

        Its like saying no to a Smoke meat sandwich you know it bad for you .... but you just cant stop.