Linux Foundation Expands Individual Membership Program with New Benefits and Linux.com Email Address

Linux Foundation Expands Individual Membership Program with New Benefits and Linux.com Email Address

Individual membership supports the organization that promotes and protects Linux while connecting users to exclusive benefits

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2009 — The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced it is expanding its individual membership program, adding a host of new features and benefits including a Linux.com email address (ex: name@linux.com).

The email address allows members to publicly represent their support for Linux and to demonstrate their community participation. Other benefits of the membership program include a weekly “Linux Briefing Book” in the form of an exclusive email with highlighted news and analysis to keep users well informed. This and other features help connect developers, IT administrators, and business executives with unique information, tools and events that help to advance their careers and stay current with the Linux platform.

By becoming a member of the Linux Foundation users are helping the organization that employs Linus Torvalds and supporting programs that promote and protect Linux. The new membership program also comes with opportunities to influence the direction of the Linux Foundation, such as running for a Foundation board seat and voting in the board election.

The annual membership fee for individuals is U.S. $99, which pays for itself after using the new 30% discount for standard LinuxCon registration, or the new 20% discount for Linux Foundation training courses.

“The collective results of thousands of individual contributions are what have paved the way for Linux. This membership class enables more people to have an impact on the operating system while enjoying benefits such as major discounts off of industry events,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation, “And, if you are tired of the e-mail roysmith3526@mail.com now is your chance to switch to roy@linux.com.”

Other new discounts and benefits available to members today include:

• 20% discount on registration fees for Linux Foundation training courses;
• 35% off O’Reilly Books and E-Books;
• 35% off No Starch Press Publications;
• 15% off subscriptions to Linux Journal;
• $10 off every $40 order on ThinkGeek.com for the life of membership (excluding shipping and taxes), among others; and
• a free Linux Foundation T-shirt for proclaiming support for Linux.

To join the Linux Foundation as an individual member and to see a full list of benefits and discounts, please visit our membership page. By joining by July 19, 2009, new members will get 20% off of O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention (OSCON 2009).

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing resources and services that include exclusive events and online collaboration, including LinuxCon and Linux.com. For more information, please visit the Foundation website.

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