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The cult of Linux is sweetening its membership perks this week to drum up more dollars for the open source kernel. Linux Foundation is now offering its individual members an option to secure their a lifetime email address with a one-time fee. Plus, it's providing discounts on hardware from Dell, HP, and Lenovo. "We …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Sounds Like a Good Deal

    I don't really need another email account but the discounts look to be well worth the $250 and the email address would be a cool (if slightly geeky) bit of cyber-bling.

  2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Yeah, right.

    "People forget, because Linux is such a successful commercial platform, that it also represents a real social good"

    It plants trees, eradicates poverty, cleans water, cures malaria and cancer...

  3. Mobius


    You don't get an email account, just an address, forwarded to another of your choosing. You can change the address ( alias, or destination mailbox) any time.

  4. gerryg

    @Charlie Clark: I salute your perspicacity

    By extending the life of your computing hardware and not diverting society's economic resources unnecessarily into purchasing software produced for marketing reasons and itself requiring extra hardware, you will indeed be freeing up resources for tree planting,k eradicating poverty, producing clean water, curing malaria and cancer..."

    The one you missed out (a simple oversight on your part, I'm sure) was that by extending the life of the hardware Linux also directly contributes to reducing landfill

  5. Antoinette Lacroix

    Nothing new

    As TWBurger said - it's only an address. You get a address for free, if you manage to answer a few simple questions.

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Surely anyone who is sad enough to want an email address,

    by definition,

    won't have any friends,

    so they don't really NEED an email address in the first place ....

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

    The discounts might make membership worthwhile if they can be used from the UK; does anyone here know which discounts can be used from the UK?

  8. Geoff Mackenzie

    @Charlie Clark

    Actually, FOSS saves lives, and may well be involved in tree planting, poverty eradication, water cleaning etc. IT is useful - FOSS means that usefulness is available to anyone with a 10-year-old PC, an internet connection and some time to learn.

    Do some googling. FOSS made itself very useful in the aftermath of the December 2004 Asian Tsunami. See also Schoolnet Namibia and countless other examples.

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Something that some registration companies provide for free then but with multiple email addresses at a domain - you just need to register the domain for around a tenner. So ummm.. let me think about this...

  10. Anonymous Coward

    UK Discounts too?

    Are those discounts available world wide? Can you use them via web purchases? Do you have to go direct to the vendor when you could buy kit cheaper elsewhere anyway?

    I'm a Linux fanboy my self but those benefits need expanding on.

  11. Toastan Buttar

    Re: I salute your perspicacity

    "you will indeed be freeing up resources for tree planting,k eradicating poverty, producing clean water, curing malaria and cancer..."

    Is there a GNOME version of Eradicating Poverty ?

  12. Mobius


    OK - just go register then!


    I think the point is more to donate something to the foundation and get something in return for it, that doesn't really cost them anything.

  13. Blake St. Claire

    ooh, ooh, sign me up then

    I really need _another_ email address because the address I've been using for 15 years -- the one that all my friends and family know -- all the sudden I need to change that.

    And I can be neighbors with Linus and Maddog too. Oh wait, they probably have other email addresses that they use.

    It'll be amusing to see which sycophants get and actually use a address.

    fail, Epic. As far as I'm concerned.

  14. Sean Hunter
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    I want

    To register You know it makes sense.

  15. gerryg

    @toastan butter

    Excellent. Took me a couple of seconds to work out what you were talking about :)

    It might even have been a freudian slip, since I only use KDE

  16. Michael Fremlins

    I think it should be free

    I know - I'll fork it. I'll register Actually I'd better make that Who with me? If you are not, it means you are against free and open source software.

  17. Aaron 10


    sudo apt-get install eradicating-poverty

    Sorry, it's CLI only. The GUI is far too opulent.

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