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 Linux.com 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 Linux.com 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.
At the Linux.com 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.