SOURCE: The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation

November 20, 2013 07:04 ET

Linux Foundation Announces Holiday Individual Membership Drive

This Holiday Season The Linux Foundation Will Donate $25 for Every New Individual Member Who Joins During the Drive to the World Wildlife Fund for Emperor Penguins

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 20, 2013) - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced its 2013 Holiday Individual Membership Drive in which it will donate $25 to the World Wildlife Fund for emperor penguins for every new member who joins today through 11:59 p.m. PT on December 10, 2013.

The penguin is widely known as the Linux mascot, affectionately referred to as "Tux." The Linux Foundation this year in its Holiday Individual Membership Drive is offering members the opportunity to make a difference for two important causes: advancing Linux and protecting the habitat for the emperor penguin.

Individual members of The Linux Foundation help advance the Linux operating system and support the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds. They join nearly 10,000 developers from more than 1,000 companies1 who build Linux every day. They also receive exclusive benefits that include a email address (e.g.; employee purchase pricing from Dell, HP and Lenovo; up to 40 percent off O'Reilly books and e-books; and a variety of other discounts to attend events, take training and subscribe to industry publications. With these perks, the cost of membership pays for itself many times over.

Emperor penguins live on the floating ice packs and islands of Antarctica. The emperor penguin is the deepest diving penguin, capable of reaching depths of 1,700 feet. Climate change and habitat loss pose great risks for these animals.

"The Linux community is massive and together can accomplish anything. This has been proven time and time again," said Mike Woster, chief operating officer, The Linux Foundation. "We hope this year's Holiday Individual Membership Drive can bring to bear the tremendous power of the community to help advance Linux while supporting another important cause this holiday season: the future of the emperor penguin."

Both corporate and individual members support the organization that employs Linus Torvalds as well as important programs that promote and protect Linux. The annual membership fee for individuals is $99. Student membership is $25 and includes all the same benefits as individual members.

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