Linux Fund News

Linux Fund Card Progam Update

March 31, 2014

Linux Fund's partnership with US Bank will be ending in July 2014. We are presently researching alternative options for card programs and will update the Linux Fund website as details become available. Funds collected via the Linux Fund affinity card program will continue to be distributed to open source projects and the Linux community. To apply for a grant, please contact us via email at

Q1 2012 Linux Fund Progam Report

March 31, 2012

In an effort to increase transparency Linux Fund will now be publishing quarterly reports that document the projects funded by your credit card transactions and direct donations. Our first quarter report for 2012 covers January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012 and is available online.

jQuery Foundation

March 6, 2012


Linux Fund is proud to be a founding sponsor of the jQuery foundation. In March 2012, Linux Fund provided initial funding to help cover administrative and infrastructure costs associated with the launch of jQuery's new foundation.
jQuery Foundation is a non-profit trade association and the home of jQuery, the Internet’s number one JavaScript library. Created in 2005 by John Resig as a JavaScript library to provide an intuitive approach for working with the DOM and Ajax, jQuery has steadily gained popularity among the development community and is the most widely-adopted JavaScript library in use today.. For more information see the press release.

Linux Fund Board resolves to adopt formal policy for behavior at events

January 17th, 2010

The Linux Fund's Board has resolved to create a formal policy for behavior at events we sponsor. What may seem straightforward is not-at-all-simple to articulate as good-and-workable policy. We are currently seeking community input and feedback.

Celebrating Community Citizenship Campaign Launched

December 2nd, 2010

The challenges of the global economy have provided an unprecedented opportunity for the Open Source community! Many vague considerations to use Open Source have become solid decisions to leverage it and join its amazing community. We're asking new and experienced citizens of this global community to reflect on what they're doing to give back an commit to a long-term giving plan. Linux Fund is here to help you give back and has provided citizens like you innovative tools like the Linux Fund Credit Card since 1999.

OGD1 Available Today

September 23rd, 2010


Linux Fund is pleased to announce that the OGD1 reconfigurable computing platform is available for purchase today! Open source developers are welcome to apply to receive one of the ten boards that will be provided free of charge to advance the platform. Buyers are invited to make a donation with their purchase to advance the platform and advance hardware freedom!

New Hardware Exchange Arrivals

September 10th, 2010

Linux Fund Hardware Exchange

Linux Fund would like to thank Free Geek for providing three additional systems to our Hardware Exchange program: An AlphaStation 200, an HP PA-RISC model 712/60 and a Sun UltraSparc Ultra2 creator. We are also pleased to report that we have shipped a PA-RISC system to the OSU Open Source Lab for use by the OpenJDK effort.

Gnash Memory Manager Fundraising IT

August 24th, 2010


Linux Fund is raising money to improve the Memory Manager of the Gnash open source Flash® media player in addition to expanding its RTMP media streaming support.

More information

Inkscape .48 Released!

August 23rd, 2010


Inkscape .48 has been released and includes Linux Fund's text tool project.

Try it today!

Gnash 0.8.8 Released!

August 22nd, 2010


Gnash 0.8.8 has been released and includes Linux Fund's OpenStreetMap project.

Try it today!

Linux Fund MasterCard® Canada Available Today! CA

June 1st, 2010 – Portland, Oregon

Linux Fund MasterCard® Canada

Linux Fund is proud to reintroduce the first Canadian credit card to support open source!

Canadian residents can once again support open source events and development with every purchase.

"With such critical open source development and great events taking place in Canada, we are serious about our second decade of supporting the Canadian open source community." – David Mandel, Executive Director

OGD1 Call for Developers!

June 1st, 2010


Linux Fund is pleased to announce that the OGD1's have been built and are undergoing testing. Open Source developers are invited to apply to receive one.

2010 Q2 Program News

June 1st, 2010

Linux Fund is today launching these programs:

2010 Q2 Project Status Report

June 1st, 2010

  • Gnash OpenStreetMap work complete and RTMP needs your help
  • Inkscape project is funded and in beta testing
  • OGD1's and built and the call for developers has been announced!
  • gEDA/PCB project's first stage is in beta testing and needs your help
  • BSD Fund's pcc project is funded and the SSA Conversion work in beta testing

Please help our Gnash RTMP and gEDA/PCB projects reach their targets with a donation today!

Linux Fund UK Business Credit Card Available Today! UK

April 30th, 2010

UK Business Credit Card

Linux Fund is proud to introduce the first European and Business credit card to support open source: the Linux Fund UK Business Credit Card

Available today, our UK Business Credit Card features actual OGD1 circuit board artwork and allows UK businesses to support open source events and development with every purchase.
View the press release.

Ubuntu LoCo @ Anime Boston a huge success!

April 2nd – 4th, 2010

Ubuntu @ Anime Boston 2009

Read Danny Piccirillo's report on this exciting community event. Linux Fund raised over $2,500 for the Massachusetts Ubuntu Local Community Team to attend this event and print 3,000 copies of Ubunchu! to distribute to anime fans from around the world.

Linux Fund supports IDLELO 2010

February 19th, 2010


Linux Fund is raising money for the Training and Community Summit sessions of FOSSFA's IDLELO 2010 conference this May in Accra, Ghana. This money will provide infrastructure for these sessions and bring training specialists from around Africa to this leading African open source event.

2010 Q1 Project Status Report

February 19th, 2010

While 2009 was a challenging year across the nonprofit sector, we are pleased to report that our:

  • Gnash OpenStreetMap project is funded and complete
  • Inkscape project is funded and in progress
  • LiVES project was completed in July, 2009
  • OGD1 project is entering production
  • gEDA/PCB project's first stage is in testing
  • Ubuntu LoCo project's first target has been met
  • VectorSection project has been revised to improve the specification of the Open Vector Drafting standard and is in progress
  • BSD Fund's pcc project builds a bootable OpenBSD x86 kernel with AMD64 in progress

Please help our Gnash RTMP and gEDA/PCB projects reach their targets with a donation today!

BSD Fund a BSDCan 2010 Sponsor

December 18th, 2009

BSD Fund Visa

BSD Fund is proud to be a Bronze sponsor of BSDCan 2010 using funds raised exclusively with the BSD Fund Visa.

Linux Fund and FOSSFA to Support Open Source in Africa

December 14th, 2009

Linux Fund & FOSSFA

Linux Fund and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) have pledged to work together to promote Free and Open Source Software in Africa. Under this agreement, Linux Fund will provide financial and administrative support to projects and events throughout Africa.

Ubuntu LoCo @ Anime Boston 2010

November 23rd, 2009

Ubuntu @ Anime Boston 2009

Linux Fund has partnered with the Boston Ubuntu Local Community Team to raise money for it to exhibit at the upcoming Anime Boston 2010 convention in April. Please help these communities meet!

Free Supercomputing 2009 Passes!

November 10th, 2009

SC 2009

Linux Fund is giving away free passes to the Supercomputing 2009 Convention this month in Portland on a first come, first serve basis. Mail your name and company name to if you want one!

Gnash on FLOSS Weekly

November 7th, 2009

FLOSS Weekly

FLOSS Weekly has a great interview with Rob Savoye of the Gnash project plus an urgent call for donations to Open Media Now! and Linux Fund's Gnash Projects. Open Media Now! is the foundation behind Gnash that suffered a major funding cut in 2008. Please help Gnash reach 1.0! moves to OSUOSL

November 2nd, 2009


Linux Fund has proudly moved our web site to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab! We would like to thank the OSL and its sponsors for maintaining this indispensable community resource.

LinuxCon 2009 and 10th Anniversary Event Portland

September 21st – 23rd, 2009


Many thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at the 1st Annual LinuxCon and who came to our 10th Anniversary Event. Photos are now online on our photo album!

Thank you SourceForge and iXsystems for making this event possible.

Linux Fund 10 Year Anniversary Event Photos

July 22nd, 2009


Our sincere thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at OSCON and attended our ten year anniversary event! The turnout and response were awesome. Many thanks to our sponsors Kaltura and MindTouch plus Motif Lounge for making this event possible. Visit our photo album to see Anniversary Event and OSCON photos by our own Randal Schwartz and Scott Rainey, plus OSCON photographer Pinar Ozger.
See you at OSCON 2010!

Linux Fund joins Open Source for America

July 22nd, 2009

Open Source for America

We are pleased to announce that Linux Fund is a founding member of Open Source for America, a new organization that exists to promote free and open software to the U.S. Federal Government.

"I am very excited about this program and the positive impact it can have on our government and the way it spends our tax dollars." – David Mandel, Linux Fund Executive Director

LiVES 1.0 Launched

July 22nd, 2009


We are pleased to announce that LiVES 1.0 is available today thanks to the contributions of 18 donors in 7 countries. Thank you for your contributions!

Congratulations to our winners of the OSCON 2009 Session Passes!

July 21st, 2009


Congratulations to Twitter users Leo Susanto @nyet and Risto Haukioja @risto who followed @linuxfund to win the two OSCON 2009 Session Passes that were kindly donated by Matt and Sharon @oscon of O'Reilly Media.

Update: PathScale Compiler Acquisition

July 10th, 2009

Our bid for the PathScale EKO compiler suite was not accepted but we are optimistic that the software will liberated. We would like to thank everyone who donated towards this effort.

BSD Fund Visa Available Today

June 25th, 2009

BSD Fund Visa

Linux Fund is pleased to announce that the BSD Fund Visa is now available in the USA. Support BSD-related events, development and initiatives by applying today!

LiVES Nominated for the SourceForge Community Choice Awards

June 22nd, 2009


Linux fund is pleased to report that the LiVES project has been nominated as a candidate for "Best Project for Multimedia" in the 2009 SourceForge Community Choice Awards. We invite you to vote for your favorite open source projects!

$500 in Inkscape grant matching!

June 18th, 2009


The next $500 in donations to our Inkscape project will be matched thanks to the help of an anonymous donor! Please help improve this excellent design software.

OGD1 initial fundraising goal reached!

June 15th, 2009


Linux Fund is pleased to report that a $250 donation to the OGD1 brought us to the initial goal of $5,000! Component sourcing is underway and any additional funds will go to additional cards for developers!

$20,000 in donations since August!

June 15th, 2009

Linux Fund is pleased to report that a $10 donation from Romania to gEDA/PCB pushed us past the $20,000 milestone for direct donations since August 2008. Our sincere thanks to our donor community in 36 countries!

Linux Fund 10 year anniversary benefit event at OSCON 2009


June 1st, 2009

Linux Fund will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a benefit event on July 22nd at 8PM during OSCON 2009 in San Jose, California. Our goal is to raise money while having a blast. Stop by our booth at OSCON for a t-shirt and ticket!

Linux Fund raises money to improve Gnash OpenStreetMap support

April 22nd, 2009


Linux Fund has expanded its partnership with Sandro Santilli of the Gnash media player team to improve the OpenStreetMap editing support in this open source Flash® player.

$15,000 in donations since August!

April 15th, 2009

Linux Fund is pleased to report that it has received over $15,000 in direct donations since August 2008 from a total of 31 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Thank you donors!

Linux Fund helps build ten OGD1 open source video cards for developers

March 30th, 2009


Linux Fund has partnered with the Open Graphics Project to build ten OGD1 programmable open hardware graphics devices for driver and application development.

Randal L. Schwartz joins Linux Fund Board of Directors

March 30th, 2009

Linux Fund is proud to welcome open source journalist, author and developer Randal L. Schwartz to its Board of Directors.

Linux Fund supports the Inkscape Project

February 20th, 2009


Linux Fund has partnered with Milosz Derezynski of the Inkscape team to improve the text dialog of this open source vector graphics editor.

Ilan Rabinovitch joins the Linux Fund Board of Directors

February 20th, 2009

Linux Fund is proud to welcome community activist and coordinator Ilan Rabinovitch to its Board of Directors.

Linux Fund supports the Gnash/RTMP Project

December 15th, 2008


Linux Fund has partnered with Sandro Santilli of the Gnash media player team to bring Real Time Messaging Protocol support to this open source Flash® player.

Linux Fund supports the gEDA/PCB Project

December 8th, 2008


Linux Fund has partnered with DJ Delorie of the gEDA/PCB team to enhance the features and usability of this open-source circuit board design software, and widen its deployment amongst educators, researchers, and engineers.

Over $10,000 in donations since August!

December 1st, 2008

Linux Fund is pleased to report that it has received over $10,000 in direct donations since August 2008, 100% of which is going to our projects. Please join the more than 80 people who have chosen Linux Fund this year!

Year-End LiVES donation matching!

October 1st, 2008


All donations made to LiVES through the end of 2008 will be mached, up to a total of $500.

Linux Fund supports the Software Freedom Law Center

September 30th, 2008


Linux Fund has disbursed a $500 grant to the Software Freedom Law Center.

Linux Fund supports the LiVES project

August 20th, 2008


Linux Fund has partnered with the LiVES "LiVES is a Video Editing System" project to bring it to 1.0 status.

Linux Fund supports the VectorSection project

August 15th, 2008


Linux Fund has partnered with the VectorSection graphics translator project to add .dwg support. redesign features on-line donating

August 15th, 2008

We are pleased to introduce our new web site featuring Google Checkout and PayPal on-line donation options.

Announcing BSD Fund

November 29th, 2007

BSD Fund

Linux Fund is expanding its reach with the formation of BSD Fund which will allow for tax-deductible donations to various BSD-related projects.

501(c)(3) Status Approved

September 15th, 2007

We are pleased to announce that the Linux Fund, Inc. is now an approved 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charity under US tax law. "This represents the ideal compliment to our Carry the Card and allows us to benefit open source projects better than ever." – David Mandel, Executive Director

New Linux Fund Visa Card Launched

July 1st, 2007

Linux Fund Credit Card

"It's back, and better than ever" - David Mandel, Executive Director. We are pleased to announce the re-introduction of the Linux Fund Visa Card with a great new partner, US Bank. We now offer Student and Executive cards with a choice of rewards options.

Linux Fund and MBNA / Bank of America conclude their affinity card relationship

June 30th, 2007

"We want to thank MBNA and BofA for all of the support they have given us since 1999." – David Mandel, Executive Director

The Linux Fund UK Business Credit Card is issued by MBNA Europe Bank Limited, Registered Office: Stansfield House, Chester Business Park, Chester CH4 9QQ. Registered in England number 2783251. Credit is available subject to status, only to UK residents aged 18 or over. We will monitor or record some phone calls. MBNA’s business lending activities that are licensed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and our general insurance activities are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

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