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Penguins at 225 mph

April 14, 2007 Leave a comment

One of the latest discussions in the ethereal realm of the Internet is an idea floated by some GNU/Linux advocates that the community should plunk down $350,000 to sponsor a car running in the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May. “More on the story,” as we say at Open Source Reporter, can be found at the Tux500 Web site.

Due to my extremely meager disposable income, I have made a small donation because I believe that promoting GNU/Linux at every possible turn — in this case, a left turn at 225 miles per hour — is a worthy endeavor. Moreover, this particular project shows an “outside the box” mindset in getting the word about GNU/Linux out there and, thus, is a good opportunity to try something new in the promotion department.

To show my support of the idea of promoting GNU/Linux, I’ve placed the Tux500 button in the paragraph above. If you’re so inclined, please visit and make a donation. If you’re not, at least give the site a look.

However — and you knew that there was one of those coming — despite the fact that I am all for promoting GNU/Linux, I’m not convinced that sponsoring a car at the Indianapolis 500 is the best use of $350,000. So what is the best way to go about this? I don’t have an answer to that, which is why it’s worth $10 to me to see where this might go.

So let’s see how this turns out.

[FSF Associate Member](Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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