June 12, 2001

LinuxFund.org launches its new LUG Program

Author: JT Smith

LinuxFund.org has introduced its new Linux
User Group (LUG) project that supports open source projects while
allowing the LUGs to earn extra revenue. The project allows LUGs to
make
money by selling the LinuxFund.org MBNA MasterCard to its members. A
group can earn $30 per approved application made by its members.

The Portland Linux/Unix Group (PLUG), headed by David Mandel,
masterminded this project as a way to help LUGs fund incidental
expenses. PLUG is the first LUG to support the project.

The program attempts to reverse the trend of LUG members and officers
using personal funds to subsidize the groups.

"Active LUG members provide a service to the community," Mandel said.
"It shouldn't cost them money to do so."

LinuxFund.org asks that each participating LUG places a link to the
credit card application at the bottom of their LUG mailing list
e-mails,
as well as on their websites. The increase in credit card applications
will allow LinuxFund.org to award more grants that support open source
projects. Each Linux User Group will collect a quarterly check based on
the number of received and approved credit-worthy applications.

LinuxFund.org raises money by purchases made on the LinuxFund.org
Matercard, then uses the money to fund various open source projects.
The
group strongly encourages the submission of new projects through online
means so it can award the most interesting projects. For more
information concerning the LinuxFund.org or to join its LUG program or
submit a project, please visit the LinuxFund.org website at
http://www.linuxfund.org or call (503) 892-3333.

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