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Nearly 8,000 Votes Cast to Determine New Geek Apparel in Store

Today is the day! We're announcing the winning design and designer in our T-shirt Design Contest.

Our winning design, with 57 percent of the vote, is "The People's Product" and was submitted by Said Hassan of Gaza in Palestine. 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 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 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.


LinuxCon Preview: Virgin America Runs Massive Workloads on Linux, Shares Best Practices

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.

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The People Who Support Linux: "Be a Part of Creating Your Own Free World"


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 email address.

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Eclipse Study Shows Major Gains for Linux Among Developers

Developers and programmers are always the earliest adopters of technology, paving the way for the rest of us. And nowhere is that more evident than with Linux.

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Free Training Webinar Covers Linux Admin 101: Getting to Know Vim

There is a really useful, free training webinar available now from one of our regular writers (and former openSUSE Community Manager), the talented Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier...

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