Linux Foundation Rolls Out New Member Benefits

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 12, 2009

The Linux Foundation rolls out some new member benefits this week, along with a membership classification just for students. Though there were already a ton of cool membership perks to begin wtih, new access to employee purchase pricing on products from HP, Dell, and Lenovo is a really terrific addition to the list.

A $99 annual membership to the Linux Foundation has always included a personal email address, but now current members have the option of keeping their address for life with an additional one-time fee of $150. New members who want this option will pay $249 upfront and $99 per year after that.

Students with a verifiable school ID now qualify for a special $25 annual student membership that comes with all the same benefits as a standard membership. If you haven't checked out all the great membership perks, here are a few more:

* 50% off Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE)

* 30% discount on the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon and Japan Linux Symposium events

* 20% discount on registration fees for Linux Foundation training courses

* 35% off O’Reilly books and e-Books

* 15% off subscriptions to Linux Journal

*  a free Linux Foundation t-shirt

Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation's executive director, says the organization is always looking for new ways to reward members. "Linux will be the center of computing for decades to come," he told OStatic. "In order to provide a long-term, neutral home for Linus and the platform, we are developing innovative ways that individuals can both support Linux and recieve direct benefits for themselves. Discounts on hardware, events, books, software, merchandise and a really cool email address for a small annual fee make that happen.

"The feedback we get from individual members is that they like having the opportunity to support the work of Linus Torvalds. Beyond that, we've been asked to provide the lifetime email option, which we're doing today. And, people have asked for discounts on Linux-based devices so we're adding employee purchase pricing from Dell, Lenovo and HP."