The Linux Foundation teamed up with UMB Bank and CardPartner to create a Linux-branded Visa card.
The card, currently only available to US residents is a standard credit card, except that the Linux Foundation benefits from each card taken out and from each transaction.
“As a non-profit organisation funded primarily by member dues, the Linux Foundation provides a variety of important services, not the least of which is supporting Linus Torvalds’ full-time work on the kernel. The Linux credit card allows anyone to contribute to the community by enabling the Foundation to sustain and expand upon its important work,” the organisation said.
For every card that gets activated, the foundation gets $50 and percentage of every transaction made on it, which goes straight into their innovation programme.
Anyone who gets the card--which you can get Linux events as well as online--has two different designs and Tux posings to choose from, as well as a bonus-points reward scheme for stuff like free airline tickets.
UK open source supporters with a good credit history cannot look forward to their own Tux credit card anytime soon. The Linux Foundation says, “Unfortunately, due to a lack of partners to work with to expand the program to other countries, we do not plan to expand the program at this time.”
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