Linux International Corporate Membership Programme
Linux is a commercial-grade Unix in use all around the the world. It is
as fast, reliable and secure as commercial offerings. Clearly, this free
operating system built by hundreds of volunteers has been very sucessful
Linux International was established to promote the development and use
of Linux. This also makes us a bridge between the dedicated and skilled
community of developers, and the general world of commerce and industry.
We are a non-profit organization run by volunteers, many of whom are
high-profile Linux developers or activists. We draw on skills as diverse
as accountants, graphics artists and language translators to get the
Linux is a Commercial Opportunity
While it might seem contradictory to say that a free operating system is
a commercial opportunity, in practice it works very well. People use
Linux, and then buy supporting hardware, documentation and third-party
software. They have the security of knowing that any operating system
problems they have are far more likely to be solved quickly than that of
any commercial vendor, simply because of the much larger research and
development base. Users install Linux, take full advantage of the large
amount of free software available - and then buy highly specific
applications such as accounting, X-Windows or satellite tracking tools
as required. The more users there are, the more software ported and
hardware supported. It is a mutually satisfactory cycle, all based on a
first-rate free operating system - and one whose natural user base is
expanding all the time, as new CPU and networking architectures are
added and support continues for even more hardware devices.
Linux International Gets Results
Booths at widely recognised exhibitions such as Open Systems World,
Uniforum, Comdex and other shows around the world are examples of the
kind of committment Linux International has shown. Besides being free
advertising for any companies associated with Linux, this is a
brand-building exercise. Similarly, the worldwide Linux Publicity
Project is coordinated through Linux International, and is dedicated to
producing up-to-date high quality promotional material. Through the
Internet, the LPP has access to artistic, linguistic and multimedia
talent that is beyond the reach of most individual companies. The Linux
International Development Fund has been very carefully established and
is now engaged in fairly funding specific projects to help Linux. As a
general clearing-house for ideas and Linux-related contacts, we have
smoothed the path for several products to come into being. We are
particularly proud of the Linux International Accredited Work Experience
Programme, where students get the chance to work in a team on real-life
code under the supervision of experienced developers.
Linux International is International
We know that today the global IT market is the one that counts. That is
why we encourage translation efforts as much as possible, and coordinate
the Linux Internationalisation Project. This project is involved in
harnessing the collective expertise of people all over the Internet to
help make Linux attractive to people from non English-speaking cultures.
We are able to pass on experience gained from trade shows to the people
involved in any country. Our promotional material is designed to appeal
to as many nationalities as possible.
The Corporate Membership Programme
Many of these activities are expensive - particularly things such as
attending tradeshows and printing press-kits. We need help to continue
and expand our efforts at helping the Linux community of vendors and
users. A Corporate Membership is how your organisation can allow Linux
International to continue to promote your products. Money generated by
the programme will be directly applied to public Linux promotion. Money
is strictly managed in the manner of the Linux Development Fund, so that
everything can be accounted for. Natuarally, a membership entitles you
to some special advantages.
The Corporate Member program offers a number of attractive benefits in
return for a low membership fee of US$1,000 per year. Benefits include:
The Sponsoring Corporate Member program at US$5,000 per year offers
a number of additional advantages. The Sponsoring Member benefits include:
- Seat on the Board of Directors.
- Permission to display the Linux International logo.
- The opportunity to distributing any Linux-related promotional
material at any Linux International event worldwide. If you post
the material, we'll undertake to reserve space and promote it
vigorously along with the Linux message.
- Complimentry links in LI's World Wide Web pages to acccess your own
Web site. Already the Linux International Web site is referenced by
many Linux and non-Linux sites around the world, so this is an
instant advertising boost.
- Your company's name listed as a Corporate Member in all relevant
promotional material, including press releases and trade show
We believe that the membership program represents excellent value for
money. You get unique marketing opportunities, and in addition help us
expand your target market with our proven skills.
- All of the benefits available to Corporate Members.
- A 1 paragraph listing plus one small photo (or equivalent graphic
substitute) and a listing as a Sponsoring Member in LI's
- A custom LI logo will be provided to you which will include the
month and the year in which your company became a Sponsoring
- Automatic subscription to all LI's mailing lists excepting all
internal LI mailing lists.
- Upon request, limited free tickets to promotional events - where
- Significant input via EMail into promotional activities
calendar and future promotional directions.
- Advance copies of any press-releases, with the opportunity to
comment or make corrections.
- Discounts for participation in showcases, meetings and conferences
put on by LI - free participation wherever possible.
In addition, there is a non-voting membership at $500 per year which is more
for companies that wish to be informed of Linux International's events and
issues, but do not necessarily wish to be part of the decision making,
Further details on the Corporate Membership Programme can be obtained by
sending EMail to:
Local User Group
The Local User Group (LUG) membership at $200 per year is a compromise between
individual memberships (costly to maintain) and company-only sponsorship,
which we felt was not in the spirit of Linux. A LUG is a group of one or
more people geographically near each other. LUGs should be able to meet and
share ideas as well as enthusiasm. LUG members should help each other
and encourage non-Linux users to use Linux. LUGs are offered discounts
on member companies products, presentation materials for meetings, and
(whenever possible) speaker coordination for their meetings.
Membership subscriptions can also be arranged by sending EMail to the
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