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Why Supporting Tux500 is Worth It

May 16, 2007, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Danijel Orsolic)

[ Thanks to Danijel Orsolic for this link. ]

"Ken Starks and Bob Moore are trying to raise money to put the GNU/Linux advertisement on one of the cars that will be participating in the biggest racing event on the planet, Indianapolis 500. The project is known as 'Tux500' and is described as a 'Community Powered Linux Marketing Program.' The motivation behind the project is to put the GNU/Linux brand before the eyes of millions of people both at the event and around the world who will be watching the transmission, so that they may start asking about that penguin, asking what is this "Linux" thing and consequently letting us tell them that they have a choice, that they don't have to depend on Microsoft anymore for their computing activities.

"However the project has been at least slightly controversial. Even if we set aside the rather ludicrous attempt at discrediting Ken and Bob coming from pretty much only one person in the community, there are signs that not everyone or at least not enough people really believe in this project as a positive thing, or are at the very least sitting on the sidelines..."

[Editor's Note: As full disclosure, it should be noted that I am acting as an volunteer independent auditor for this fundraising project. This is being done as a personal project, and does not imply endorsement of this project by Linux Today or Jupitermedia. -Brian Proffitt.]

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