YourName@Linux.com: Linux Foundation Provides Membership Perks

Jun 05, 2009

The Linux Foundation is seeking to grow its membership through attractive offers. Among them is your own email address at the newly acquired Linux.com domain.

The Linux Foundation is taking new promotional efforts and improving conditions for its members. $99 a year will not only get you a chance at board membership as a director of the foundation, but you also get a series of new perks and benefits.

A popular one might be having a distinctive email address: yourname@linux.com. Amanda McPherson of the foundation's marketing staff says that new members will "have a chance to grab a nice alias." Not so long ago the foundation had won the Linux.com domain where it can feature news and articles. Further membership benefits include a Free Linux Foundation T-shirt and discounts at trade shows and certain book publications.

The by-laws mandated 16 board of directors of the foundation currently include representatives from companies that earn revenue from Linux, such as Novell, Intel, IBM, HP and Motorola. Foundation membership pays a few key kernel developers, including Linux Torvalds himself, who contributes blogs on Linux.com. The foundation sponsors conferences and tries to match Linux development with industry demands.

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