Linux Foundation Opens Linux.com Store, Launches Community Design Contest

Linux Foundation Opens Linux.com Store, Launches Community Design Contest

New online store features exclusive merchandise that represents unique Linux culture and will include items designed by community

SAN FRANCISCO, March 10, 2010 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today launched a new merchandise store on Linux.com where people can purchase a new line of exclusive and original T-shirts, hats, mugs and other items that reflect “geek culture.”

The merchandise available in the Linux.com Store is designed to reflect the unique and varied culture associated with Linux; for example, visitors to the Linux.com Store won’t find corporate-looking “logo T’s.” The images on the T-shirts, mugs, hats, stickers and other items are designed to invoke feelings of geek pride, freedom, fun, eccentricity, and originality.

The Linux Store is open today at http://store.linux.com/.

The Linux Foundation today is also launching its Linux.com T-shirt Design Contest. The designs available in the Linux.com Store are currently limited to the creativity of a select few. With the new Store, the Linux Foundation will provide a forum in which community designs can be shared, rated and ultimately made available on Linux.com Store merchandise. This gives anyone the opportunity to help generate important funds for Linux Foundation activities.

Design submissions are due by April 11, 2010. The top five designs will be available for community vote at Linux.com through June 6, 2010. The winning design will be included on T-shirts available for purchase in the Linux.com Store and the designer will be awarded with travel to Boston, Mass., to attend LinuxCon (http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon) in August.

To submit your design, please visit: http://www.linux.com/tshirt-design-contest.

“Selling Linux-specific merchandise is another way to support community development. The Linux.com Store aims to serve a community of people who want to display their affinity for Linux specifically while supporting important activities that advance the platform,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “And, the Linux.com T-shirt Design Contest will bring to light the best merchandise we can offer in the Store and will showcase community talent in an entirely new and fun way.”

All revenue generated from the Linux.com Store will go directly towards Linux Foundation activities, events and strategic initiatives. The Linux Foundation uses funds from a variety of revenue streams to support the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and to sustain important services such as technical events; travel grants for open source community members; a vendor-neutral forum for projects such as MeeGo; and free training resources direct from the kernel community; among others.

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 hosting important workgroups, events and online resources such as Linux.com. For more information, please visit www.linuxfoundation.org.

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