Flexible friend to help Linux raise funds
For open source devotees, there is now another way to support Linux — get yourself a new flexible friend.
The Linux Foundation has announced its own-branded credit card this week, which comes sporting a picture of the Linux mascot, Tux the penguin.
The Linux Foundation servies as a neutral spokesperson for Linux open source software developers. It promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.
Within two years, the Linux ecosystem is projected to reach $50 billion, spanning the enterprise computing, desktop/netbooks and embedded markets. The Linux Foundation is the nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsored the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world.
About the card
The appealing credit card carrying a picture of Tux the penguin will be used to generate funds for the Foundation.
The organisation will get $50 (£30) every time the card is activated, plus “ongoing contributions”.
The money will “go directly toward providing community technical events and travel grants for open-source community members”, according to the Foundation.
Open-sourcers outside of the US may have to wait because the Visa Platinum piece of plastic will initially be available only in the US, although it is expected to hit new countries in the next few months.
The foundation is working with CardPartner to offer the credit card through UMB Bank.
“Funds raised from our new Visa card program will go directly toward providing community technical events and travel grants for open source community members in order to accelerate Linux innovation,” said the group.
Unlike Linux, the card comes free only for the first six months when there is zero per cent introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers. After that, charges will apply.