Linux Foundation Announces Individual Membership Drive
Members support the Linux operating system while becoming eligible for Linux.com Store gift cards just in time for holiday
SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2010 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced a new individual membership drive and promotion that makes members eligible to win free Linux.com Store T-shirts, hats, mugs and more.
New members who sign up for individual membership at http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/join between today 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. These prizes will be available just in time for the holidays. Existing members and non-members can also be entered into 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: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/join/individual-membership-drive-rules 
Individual members of The Linux Foundation help advance the Linux operating system and support the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds. They also receive exclusive benefits that include a Linux.com email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org ); 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 to attend events, subscribe to industry publications, and to shop at the Linux.com Store.
The Linux.com Store  includes exclusive merchandise 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: geek pride, freedom, fun, eccentricity, and originality.
The Linux.com Store recently added new items, including the “I Believe in Linux” mousepad  and the community favorite “We Made IT” T-shirt . Nearly 8,000 votes made this T-shirt available in the Linux.com Store as a result of the Linux.com Store Community Design Contest that ran March through June 2010. The creator of the design was Said Hassan, who won the vote among nearly 100 other designers.
Both corporate and individual members support the organization that employs Linus Torvalds and important programs that promote and protect Linux. The annual membership fee for individuals is U.S. $99. Student membership is U.S. $25 and includes all the same benefits as individual members.
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting technical events , including LinuxCon , and generating original Linux research  and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com , reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training  opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Please follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter. 
Trademarks: The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo and Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.