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The Linux Foundation hopes to raise cash by branding a Visa card with its cutesy Tux mascot. Executive director of the org, Jim Zemlin, said people can carry "Tux in their pocket" to show their support for Linux. The foundation has buddied up with CardPartner to offer the Platinum credit card through UMB Bank. It is only …

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NWO

Because Visa really gives a shit about Linux as such...I mean, Visa is a global company after all that only cares about profit, not the "good of the world". The NWO people are trying to muscle in bit by bit. I am not saying Visa dont ahve some bsd boxes and the such, I am 100% sure they do, but they don't care about the philosophy and all that

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You just gave me a heart attack

Thought that said Vista credit card - which presumably takes more resources than the last one and works slightly differently but wont let you use it to buy DRM'ed stuff

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Unhappy

I'll not get one

Not because I don't want it, but because I run very low credit bills and pay them off every month; I am not a profitable customer.

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@Tom 7

Ye, and this one requiers a 27 diget Hex pin, and reprograming of the cash machien to get it to work.

RE:NWO, I thought most linex programers did it for the good of there epeen.

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UK ? When?

Although to be a true linux afficionado, one must treat this with scathing contempt (see previous posts) ... but am I the only one who would get this at a drop of a hat once it comes to the UK.

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Oh my...

Why couldn't these have come to my attention soon enough to get one for Defcon?

Too bad people generally don't want me to have new credit cards, now that I'm no longer in college, and earning large sums of money as an engineer...

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@AC/NWO

Kindly note that the card is issued by UMB Bank through CardPartner. It is only branded Visa, which company (a) doesn't exert significant influence on issuers' and processors' partnership decisions, and (b) does actually use Linux and various other open source software packages.

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@Paul4

Can you "here" the sound of both your mother and your English teacher facepalming?

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WTF?

They never stop...

So let me get this straight. The people who brought about the global economic crisis by lending money to people with no way of repaying are now pitching credit cards to people who dont like paying?.

I suppose we have had the can't pay, might as well have the wont pay.

Besides, what on earth is a linux fanboy going to buy with his linux credit card. All his software is open source, all his music is from piratebay, all his friends are online and anything he buys to work with his computer will probably be only compatable with windows or a mac. That only leaves using it to pay for porn in which case why not drop the act and dump the penguin and put a pair of tits on the front of the card instead.

Anyhow, as its a linux credit card will it arrive as a blank plastic card and you have to program the chip and stripe and put the picture on the front yourself? Will you be able to go to visa for help doing this or will you have to spend hours trawling through internet news groups full of countless posts asking how its done but scant all sign of any answers?

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Grenade

I'm puzzled...

In the light of this revelation, I rushed over to NetCraft to see what OS / software Visa's web server was using. The results were highly suspicious - Microsoft's IIS 7.0, allegedly running on a Linux box...

Given that IIS 7.0 apparently only runs on Windoze Server 2003 and Vista, methinks someone's telling Netcraft porkies...

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What to do ...

@jeremy 3

"Although to be a true linux afficionado, one must treat this with scathing contempt (see previous posts)"

Agreed.

"but am I the only one who would get this at a drop of a hat once it comes to the UK."

Me wants. What to do, what to do ...

@ AC 16:11

"Besides, what on earth is a linux fanboy going to buy with his linux credit card. All his software is open source, all his music is from piratebay, all his friends are online and anything he buys to work with his computer will probably be only compatable with windows or a mac. That only leaves using it to pay for porn in which case why not drop the act and dump the penguin and put a pair of tits on the front of the card instead."

I spend more money on stuff than you (my clients appreciate the quality of my work and pay accordingly) and I'm not quite as fascinated by tits as you seem to be. So, why don't you fuck off, and fork over some more of your paltry financial resources to your favourite convicted criminal.

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Awesome!

I'm going to get one of these and then rush out and buy Linux!

Oh, wait...

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@AC "They never stop..."

...and all Windows and Mac users are corporate sop's, who slavishly buy anything from their favourite money guzzling multinational as long as it's shiny, yes?

I don't think either stereotype really fits the majority of people.

I use Linux because it is UNIX like, because of the intellectual freedom, and also because it's not encumbered by someone trying to extract as much money as possible from me as often as possible. This is not being a freetard, merely financial prudence. I have in the past paid for Linux distros before the Internet was fast. And I buy all my media unless P2P is the *ONLY* way to get it as a last resort (mainly deleted titles). And I waited a long time until Amazon got their MP3 store up and running (usable from Linux - Horay) before doing anything other than ripping CD's and LP's for music.

And I have credit cards. Mainly because (shock, horror) I have a family (a real one, with kids and all) and I need to even out money flow sometimes. Might consider swapping one to get one with TUX in my pocket. Might not though...

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well...

Using this in an Apple store or PC World would give you funny looks...

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Grenade

Nay Visa did not bring us the credit crisis

Visa is only a credit processor. Such that they transfer details to said banks, send authorize to the merchants system, and skim a percentage off the top for the privilege. Blaming them for credit problems is like blaming the publisher for a bad book.

grenade cause there's a rabbit around here somewhere

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whoa

so they are going to disclose the source to the entie visa billpaying system.. or is this just another credit card ...

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@AC 16:11

Windows and all its software is expensive, so children learn that the only way they can use the software is to find a source of illegal copies. Some people never grow out of the habit, and extend it to music and films.

One reason Linux users buy so little software is that there is so little commercial software available for Linux that is better than what they can get for free. Programmers earn their living from copyright laws, and free/open source software depends on copyright. I have found that penguinstas have more respect for copyright than Windows users.

The bank and the Linux foundation earn their money by taking a percentage from each sale (normally absorbed by the vendor). The bank gets their best profit from people who do not repay at the end of each month. If the commission is not so high that vendors refuse to accept the card, and if the terms and conditions are fair, then the card look interesting as a way to support Linux.

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@ AC / 16:11

"Besides, what on earth is a linux fanboy going to buy with his linux credit card. All his software is open source, all his music is from piratebay, all his friends are online and anything he buys to work with his computer will probably be only compatable with windows or a mac. That only leaves using it to pay for porn in which case why not drop the act and dump the penguin and put a pair of tits on the front of the card instead."

Possibly the best and funniest post I've read for a while! Couldn't agree more!

Have one on me!

Oh and mitthf - IIS7 runs on Windows 2008 Server only. Nice to see you can skip knowing the technology but can happily modiy the wording to slate it. Congrats

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WTF?

UMB Bank

Typical American acronym:

U = United

M = Missouri

B = Bank

So their full name is "United Missouri Bank Bank"

Only in America .............

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Happy

Is it GPL'd?

had to ask...

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Stop

your missing the point

visa do these for all sorts of orginisations/companys its a business deal. it's a similar deal to what the lola F1 team had mid 90's as well as things like dog trusts etc.

doesn't mean visa employee's drive f1 cars or look after dogs so chill out mmmmkay.

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Unless I can do this...

* The freedom to run the card, for any purpose (freedom 0).

* The freedom to study how the card works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1). Access to the bank vault is a precondition for this.

* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).

* The freedom to improve the card, and release your improvements (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the bank vault is a precondition for this.

...I don't want it.

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Coat

Linux Foundation paying Torvalds' salary?

So the proceeds go (in)directly into Linus' pocket.

Think I'll pass, though I have enough other reasons already.

Doesn't he have enough money from all his Transmeta stock he shouldn't need a salary.

Mine's the fireproof coat.

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RE:They never stop...

Who says Linux users don't pay for things? Do we get out PCs, laptops, netbooks, phones, portable media players, and other gadgets free as well as our OS? Damn, and all this time I've been using a credit card.

jeremy 3: I'd get one if they were available over here. I have a VISA already but one with Tux on, that allowed me to pay for my OS, would be great.

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@ mittfh

I'm puzzled as well i'm pretty sure IIS 7.0 only runs on Server 2008 and Vista.. err and maybe Windows 7

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Lucky...

it's only available in the US; I'm a big fan of Open Source, but not a fan of the groups who claim to represent it, and make a very comfortable living doing so...

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erm

visa are a payment processor that just links the shop with the bank, they don't issue the cards - the fact it's visa just means it can be used anywhere that accepts visa cards, not that it's anything to do with them

it's UMB Bank issuing a card with a linux picture on the front and then paying the linux foundation a cut of the revenue as a reseller

worth noting i've seen a couple of card issuers who will let you customise your card by printing a custom (provided by you) graphic on to the card, just obviously if you've gone to them directly then the linux foundation won't get a cut of the money... plus they are rarely the best deal going (higher overheads, plus restricting your choice of provider to some small bank never leaves you open to the cheapest deals from the big banks!) or a quick google will find dozens of pre-paid "gift card" companies who will do this for a small fee

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linux credit card...old news

http://www.linuxfund.org/

My very first credit card (when I was 18) was one of these, an MBNA Canada Mastercard that, despite the fact that linuxfund now has links with Visa, apparently still makes the requisite transfers to the company....

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Really? What a waste of time!

Utterly pointless!

If you want support Linux, get the software and use it. Buy a t-shirt to show everyone, if you want, the merchandise profits may help thre foundation, the t-shirt will be seen by all and sundry more often.

Is this pointless card really going to stir up your average person to dump windows and try something new? No!

Is the average shop assistent going to suddenly start a conversation about the latest release of Gnome/KDE? 1 in 50,000, maybe?

Linux people get this: 98% of people who use PC's don't give a toss what's on it, so long as the browser ( preferably IE on Windows ) gets to Facebook, Youtube, the news site of choice and Hotmail/GMail and the PC can run iTunes to get ripped off music on their iPod, they simply don't care! Let me repeat that for the Linux hard of hearing, THEY DO NOT CARE! OK?

( I use Linux day in day out as Unix SA/Oracle DBA and I use an Apple Mac at home, so don't start flaming me as a fanboir baiter! )

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Not bad but...

...I saw a Hello Kitty card when I was in Hong Kong. Forget if it was Visa or mastercard, but either way, I want one.

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Poor choice of target market

Linux fans don't pay for anything, so how many will want a new credit card?

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But ...

I payed off all my cards just before the net.bomb .. I really don't need or want another one; the few we have are enough to keep the books straight without a lot of headaches. (Us, the barn, the ranch, critterchow(ours), critterchow(clients), emergencies for the hands, fuel(personal), fuel(ranch), a few other niches).

Say no to credit, unless you have enough cash flow to pay 'em off monthly. It's the only way.

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Re: dump the penguin and put a pair

Brilliant ! I want a Playboy Visa card NOW !

And I want it to be "skinnable", he he.

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Irony?

ATM's run Windows.......

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RE:@Paul4

Realy, dose it make you feel big critisising someones spelling like that? Not even man enough to post something like that without using AC to hide behind? Please go away and grow a pair.

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@UMB Bank # By Reallydo Wannaknow

Ummm... You must be too young to remember ICL Ltd - International Computers Limited Limited. That was in England.

ICL got more limited as time went by :-)

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@zerofool2005

"ATM's run Windows"

All the ATMs I've ever worked on ran OS/2 ...

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fuck my dear old granny

Someone puts a picture of a penguin on a thing and half the fuckin' world of IT creams its pants. There really is no hope for humanity.

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@Paul4

He was just poinnting out that you post was dificult to read and was mealry asisting you.

However i Must askk how have you found live, after being nammed Paul4? Are your sibblings Paul1, 2 and 3?

Spell checkers are available for many browsers.

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