December 9, 2009, 8:47 am
As you get your holiday shopping done, you may find yourself wondering what you can get for the student in your life. Thanks to a new Linux Foundation program, if you sign up for an individual membership with the¬†Linux Foundation, the¬†Linux Foundation¬†will donate a free one-year student membership either to a student you know, or students who are seeking a sponsored membership.
This is a great deal, because it allows new members a way to share the benefits of the Linux Foundation to students who might not otherwise be able to sign up for¬†Linux Foundation¬†membership.
Here's how the new program works: for every new individual member who joins the¬†Linux Foundation¬†before January 31, 2010, the¬†Linux Foundation¬†will give a free membership to a student for one year. Students who are interested in obtaining a sponsored membership can sign up on a waiting list and will be sponsored on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When they join the¬†Linux Foundation, new individual members can elect to either sponsor a student on the waiting list or can request the membership be given to a friend or family member. To sponsor a specific student, new members should list the student's name and email address in the order comments on the checkout page.
Any student, whether specified or on the waiting list, will be required to show proof of student status in the form of a valid student ID.
Members have access to exclusive benefits, including a Linux.com email address (ex:
); a Linux Foundation t-shirt; employee purchase pricing at¬†Dell, HP, and Lenovo with savings up to 40% on purchases of hardware and accessories; 35% off O‚ÄôReilly books and e-books; a variety of deep discounts to attend events or subscribe to industry publications; and the ability to run for a Linux Foundation board seat, among others.
Visit the Individual Membership page to learn about all of the great benefits you receive with Individual Membership and to become an¬†Linux Foundation¬†member.