As part of our LinuxCon Preview series, I recently had the opportunity to ask a few questions of our keynote speaker Stormy Peters. Stormy today is executive director for The GNOME Foundation. Her LinuxCon keynote, titled "Your Desktop is Free, But Where is Your Data," takes place on Thursday, August 12, at 9 a.m. ET.
Our winning design, with 57 percent of the vote, is "The People's Product" and was submitted by Said Hassan of Gaza in Palestine.
Linux.com Store merchandise is designed to invoke feelings of geek pride, freedom, fun, eccentricity, and originality. Said's design touches on all of these qualities, but most of all - on geek pride. His design reads "We Made IT," demonstrating the collective contributions of a worldwide community working together to produce the most innovative operating system.
Said is receiving travel expenses and a pass to attend LinuxCon in Boston and will also enjoy the fame associated with having his design displayed on T-shirts worn around the globe.
The contest was introduced when we launched the Linux.com Store in March. We received more than 100 submissions, painfully narrowed those original designs down to six finalists, and then put the ultimate decision in the hands of the community and the power of each designer to rally community support behind their creations. Three months after the Store opening, we're excited to look towards LinuxCon in Boston where the T-shirts will be also be available to purchase.
The Linux.com Store offers an exclusive line of geek apparel that helps us fly our geek flags with pride while supporting the work of Linus Torvalds and the various activities and services provided by The Linux Foundation. Said's contribution is a unique and important one.
A big thanks to all the people who submitted designs, and a special thanks to the finalists who helped bring new people to the Store by encouraging them to vote. The best ideas always come from the community and this contest was no exception. We'll look forward to offering other chances to collaborate and win prizes based on promotions for this unique online shopping destination.
Virgin America's Ravi Simhambhatla is delivering a keynote at this year's LinuxCon North America. He will be giving us the CIO view on how to sell the value of open source internally when cost isn't the only driving factor. Mr. Simhambhatla took a few minutes to answer some of our questions as we prepare to see him speak in Boston on August 12, 2010.
Our third profile in the series introduces us to Damian Bere. Damian is a Senior Enterprise Architect based in the UK who has been using Linux for 10 years. Another fact about Damian: he's smitten with his @linux.com email address.