From: Linux Intl < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Introduction to Linux International
Date: 13 Nov 1994 15:52:15 +0200
Approved: email@example.com (Lars Wirzenius)
Linux International - Serious Free Computing
Linux International exists to help computer users. Just as the Linux
operating system fits in with most kinds of computers without
cost, so we at Linux International helps Linux users and Linux
itself without making a profit. The volunteers who created Linux
are now joined by volunteers who specialise in promoting it. We
know how good Linux is and want it to become an accepted
competitor to products from even the largest computer
But Linux International (LI) is much more than an advertising
organisation. As well as promoting the existing advantages and
compatibility of Linux, we have started and are coordinating
development projects that will appeal to people around the world.
We also co-ordinate donations from individuals and companies to
the Linux developers.
Linux needs exposure as a robust, quality system. More software houses to
port their software. More consulting companies to specialise in it. More
developers working on it. More and larger users. People at the heart
of Linux recognise that Linux International is able to achieve this.
We are focused on four areas at the moment:
1. The Linux Development Fund
Linux International has set up a worldwide Development Fund, publicly
and accountably controlled by three prominent members of the
Linux community. The goal of the Development Fund is simply to collect
and distribute money to developers to help them in their work on
Linux. The money is used to pay for things such as manuals,
hardware, journal subscriptions and so on. Full details (and a
donation form!) are available in the Development Fund document. Email
2. Supplementary Development Projects
Linux International is directly involved in some supplementary
development. The work we have done in this area is aimed at
making Linux more acceptable to users. The three projects
undertaken so far are:
* Internationalisation (making Linux conform to the requirements of
languages other than English)
* Configuration tools (a set of graphical and text tools to
ease configurations and maintainence of Linux systems)
* A Linux Software Development Kit (a set of tools to make Linux
a better environment to develop, port and test software)
All this development is done under the same GNU Public License as Linux
3. LI Endorsed Work Experience Program
This unique project offers Computer Science students anywhere
in the world a chance to work directly with Unix developers. Not
only do students gain invaluable experience but there is the
satisfaction of writing code which eventually becomes used by
thousands of people. In addition, the supervising developer issues
a Linux International certificate where useful work has been done,
which may be helpful when looking for a job.
4. Promoting Linux To Companies and Individuals
It is vital that more software and hardware developers be brought
into Linux. We are campaigning to alert them to the maturity of
Linux and the money-making potential it has for them. The media
coverage we strive to get appeals not only to commercial
enterprises but also to individuals.
So now you know about us at Linux International. The rest is up
to the Linux community. Will you consider volunteering some skill
you have? < firstname.lastname@example.org>. Make a small cash donation to the development
of Linux? < email@example.com>. Even pass on some still-useful piece of
hardware? < firstname.lastname@example.org>. We specialise in matching the needs of
Linux to the resources available.
Linux - does your operating system work as well?
Further information on Linux International can be obtained from:
Secretary: Patrick D'Cruze
Phone/Fax: +(619) 331-2443
Mail: PO Box 80, Hamilton Hill, WA
On the Internet, there is the Linux International World Wide Web server.
This will always have the latest background information, details of all
projects and contact points. It carries an archive of all Linux International
announcements. The master server is located in Germany. Point your Web client
at the following URL:
This will shortly be mirrored by sites in Australia, the USA and the UK.
All the Linux International announcements and other information is also
available through ftp:
A Linux International announcements mailing list also exists for those who
wish to be notified directly of all LI announcements. To subscribe,
send an email message to:
with the words:
in the body of the message.
Alan Cox, Patrick D'Cruze, Mitchum DSouza, Michael K Johnson, Dominik Kubla,
Michael Malone, Ian Murdock, Dan Shearer, Matt Welsh and Bob Young
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