How Microsoft Money Aids the Development of Linux Mint
Article by George Norman
On 20 Oct 2009
The development process of Linux Mint 7 Gloria is complete. The team behind the Linux distro has rolled out Linux Mint 7 Final, Linux Mint 7 X64 Final, Linux Mint 7 KDE Final and Linux Mint 7 XFCE Final. Now we are all waiting the release of Linux Mint 8, codename Helena. So we occupy our time with news about the improvements made to mintInstall, and news on how money that was meant to go to Microsoft ended up helping the development of Linux Mint.

A person called Graeme Cobbett contacted Lead Linux Mint developer Clem Lefebvre and explained that he, after much struggle, received a Windows license refund of $112. Unlike other people, who would have just wasted the money away, he supported the open-source community by donating the money to Linux Mint.

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“Hello, my name is Graeme Cobbett. Today, I donated $112 to Linux Mint. But I didn’t fund this myself: Microsoft gave me the money. Here’s how I did it. This is the story of how I bought a new notebook PC, replaced Windows with Linux and got a refund for the operating system I didn’t want. Not many people do that last bit about getting a refund, but perhaps you can too, if you have a calm attitude and persevere then it can be straightforward,” commented Graeme Cobbett.

There is one other way in which you could support the growth of Linux – a Linux Foudnation individual membership. Sure, it costs $99 per year, but if you take a look at all the cool stuff you get in return you’ll realize the membership basically pays for itself.
  • 35% off O’Reilly books and e-books.
  • 35% off No Starch Press Publications.
  • 15% off subscriptions to Linux Journal
  • 30% discount on the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon and Japan Linux Symposium events
  • 20% discount on registration fees for Linux Foundation training courses
  • For every $40 order from ThinkGeek.com you will get $10 off
  • Free Linux Foundation T-shirt, weekly “Linux Briefing Book”, your own Linux.com email address.
  • Employee purchase pricing from HP, Lenovo and Dell: a discount of up to 40% for Lenovo devices , standard employee purchase pricing from HP and Dell. Linux Foundation members will also get a best price guarantee from Dell.
  • With a one time fee of $150 you can make your Linux.com email address permanent. This means that even if you do not renew your Linux Foundation individual membership, you get to keep the Linux.com email account for life. Please note that the offer applies to existing members. New members will have to pay a total of $249 which includes the lifetime Linux.com email account and the first year’s membership.
  • Students can become Linux Foundation members for just $25 with a student-class membership.

There is one other way that you can support Linux growth – get the Tux-branded Linux credit card.



Tags: Linux, Linux Mint, Microsoft, Money, Open-source
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