The Linux Foundation launches their own branded Visa card

The Linux Foundation seems to be quite adamant of getting their image out there, as of late; not too long ago, they sent out their own advertisement to show off their offerings to the public, and now they're taking publicity one step further. As TechCrunch are reporting, they've now teamed up with CardPartner and UMB Bank to debut their own Visa card, sporting their mascot 'Tux' on the front.

The card isn't just handy for showing your dedication to the open source cause, but it's also great for helping them out, too. For each card activated, The Linux Foundation will receive $50, and they will also pick up a percentage of each purchase made by users. Apparently, 100% of the proceeds will "go directly towards providing community technical events and travel grants for open source community members in order to accelerate Linux innovation." The current executive director of The Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin, says that there's a whole bunch of ways people can contribute to the organization (be it by code, or other means) but now they can do it "by carrying Tux in their pocket."

So, hoping to pick one of these up, but you don't live in the United States? Tough luck, unfortunately. The card is only available in the aforementioned region, though others are hoping to be added in the current months. However, if you do meet the criteria, head to this link to get business sorted out.


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Those damn vultures at the credit card companies sure know how to come up with new gimmicks in a hurry. But you'd think that, in a time like this, when everyone and their brother is in debt, people would pay more attention and be more responsible. I can't imagine embracing the freedoms of open source while being a slave to a credit card company.

I would get it if it were a bit more competitive on Interest rates... 11.5% Variable is a bit high. I've got 6% through my Credit Union and 10% through USBank (although I would never recommend USBank, they are a bunch of crooks).

I thought Linux branded their own Vista program... My eyes are playing tricks on me when I didn't get enough sleep.

neufuse said,
Isn't a credit card for free software foundation an oxymoron?

Free, how? Red Hat has certainly been making some money. Linux is free as in speech, not as in beer I thought.

RonanFarrell said,
That's just Ireland. They forgot UK ;)

No it's to close to the europe to be ireland, it's mainland Britain but a bit weird.

thealexweb said,
Why has the UK and Ireland transformed in to some sort of weird triangle country.


:laugh:

Likewise, they've transformed Japan into a S.

Here's a stupid idea. And I am honestly being ridiculous here... couldn't they make the money by.... selling linux?

All in good fun :)

Regardz

You joke right? Isnt enought that is open source and nobody use it, why you think end users will pay for it? To keep dust on their GeForce GTX 295?

I really found that move a desperate one.. so, the open source dudes need some cash... and they found the way to get it... what about "free software"... dont they missed the point around it?

toki said,
You joke right? Isnt enought that is open source and nobody use it, why you think end users will pay for it? To keep dust on their GeForce GTX 295?

I really found that move a desperate one.. so, the open source dudes need some cash... and they found the way to get it... what about "free software"... dont they missed the point around it?

Do you even know what "free software" stands for?
By the way, programs like Firefox are "free software", people use it. Do you know what a LAMP server is? Hint: you are using one to view neowin.net. It's free software too. Troll.

Lechio said,

Do you even know what "free software" stands for?
By the way, programs like Firefox are "free software", people use it. Do you know what a LAMP server is? Hint: you are using one to view neowin.net. It's free software too. Troll.

I do more that browsing the web with my PC (snipped).

Ok, ok guys. I was just kidding. I understand what free software is and how it works. I also don't understand how people who are primarily software developers are supposed to support themselves in the idealistic free software world.

My comment was a joke. Move along.

Regardz

toki said,
I do more that browsing the web with my PC (snipped).

What he was trying to convey with his message is that everyone these days at least gets in contact with open source/free software, with a lot of PC users even being dependent on free software, one way or the other. You initially claimed "no one uses open source", which he simply proved wrong. (snipped)

Haha, what a nonsense... credit cards for free software... "linux year, we failed desktop, we try banks"

Seems like a win-win situation for me. They get press and their image out there more by doing this, as well as a cut of purchases etc, but don't have to risk any real money doing it.

toki said,
Haha, what a nonsense... credit cards for free software... "linux year, we failed desktop, we try banks"

linux is free!, but that does not mean that they cant sell it. Programmers need money for staying alive...