As you get your holiday shopping done, you may find yourself wondering what you can get for the student in your life. Thanks to a new Linux Foundation program, if you sign up for an individual membership with the Linux Foundation, the Linux Foundation will donate a free one-year student membership either to a student you know, or students who are seeking a sponsored membership.
Here's how the new program works: for every new individual member who joins the Linux Foundation before January 31, 2010, the Linux Foundation will give a free membership to a student for one year. Students who are interested in obtaining a sponsored membership can sign up on a waiting list and will be sponsored on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When they join the Linux Foundation, new individual members can elect to either sponsor a student on the waiting list or can request the membership be given to a friend or family member. To sponsor a specific student, new members should list the student's name and email address in the order comments on the checkout page.
Any student, whether specified or on the waiting list, will be required to show proof of student status in the form of a valid student ID.