The Channel logo


By | Kelly Fiveash 28th July 2009 15:07

Linux Foundation urges fans to sign up to Visa credit card

Tux becomes capitalist cover star

The Linux Foundation hopes to raise cash by branding a Visa card with its cutesy Tux mascot.

Executive director of the org, Jim Zemlin, said people can carry "Tux in their pocket" to show their support for Linux.

The foundation has buddied up with CardPartner to offer the Platinum credit card through UMB Bank. It is only available in the US for now.

Tux on Visa

The Linux Foundation will suck up $50 for every activated card, and the group will be handed an additional undisclosed percentage of every purchase made with the credit card.

"Funds raised from our new Visa card program will go directly toward providing community technical events and travel grants for open source community members in order to accelerate Linux innovation," said the group.

As for the small print, the card comes with zero per cent introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first six months only.

Thereafter, APR charges will apply no matter how adorable Tux looks on your bit of plastic.

Not everything in life is free you know. ®

comment icon Read 39 comments on this article alert Send corrections


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
A rusty petrol pump at an abandoned gas station. Pic by Silvia B. Jakiello via shutterstock

Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


Suit-and-tie-wearing man tries to meditate, take deep breaths in faux yoga pose. Photo by Shutterstock
Emotional intelligence, not tech skills, is the way to woo suits
League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC
One reselling man tells his tale of woe