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May 23rd, 2015

Our Fundraiser Extended, New Perk & Some Deals

Well, maybe we can’t call it our May Pledge Drive any more. We’ve extended our IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, which was scheduled to end a week from tomorrow. The campaign will now remain active until Monday, June 15. We’re doing this, of course, in order to have a better shot at reaching our $6,000 goal. So far we’ve raised $1,030. With the extension, we can do this, but much work needs to be done.

This is important. This money will be necessary if we are to live up to our name and become a legitimate force in the FOSS world (sorry, we couldn’t resist). For those of you who don’t already know about our campaign, all of the money will be used to pay the writers and journalists who get down in the trenches and get the story told — the stories that are important to the FOSS community.

If you’ve already contributed to our campaign, we thank you. If not, please know that we are depending on those who value our site to make a contribution, so we can offer you even more than we do now. As our writer Larry Cafiero said in a Facebook post a few weeks back: the time has come for us to ramp up our coverage.

If you visit our IndieGoGo fundraising page, you’ll see that we’re offering some pretty cool perks — so you can get something beyond the mere satisfaction of being a big help if you want. In fact, we just added a really nice perk today, and lowered the asking price on some others.

First the new perk: A gently used Acer Aspire C710-2487 11.6-Inch Chromebook. This baby comes with an Intel Celeron 847 Processor – 1.1 GHz (2 MB Cache), 4 GB DDR3 RAM, 320 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 11.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics, Chrome OS, 4-hour battery life. It can be yours for a $125 contribution, and we’ll ship it, free, to anywhere in the lower 48 states. Read more about it here.

Now, some lowered pricing: VIVO IV Phone – Refurbished. With a thickness of 5.5mm, this uber cool phone is the slimmest on the market. It also rugged, with a screen protected with Gorilla Glass. You can read all about it here. Also, free shipping anywhere in the lower 48. We’ve lowered the asking price on this to $175 — a bargain.

The Official Ubuntu Book. Eighth (latest) edition. Signed by co-author Elizabeth K. Joseph (who also donated it to our campaign). A complete guide to the Ubuntu operating system, designed to be useful to both the new user and IT professionals. Read about it here. The new lower asking price: $35, with free shipping anywhere in the U.S.

Acer Aspire Revo R3700 Desktop. Gently used. No stand or monitor, but comes with MS wireless mouse and a wired SK-8135 keyboard with removable volume knob. Lubuntu LXDE 14.04 installed. Read about it here. It’s yours for only $120.00. Again, free shipping in the lower 48.

“All Things Open” Conference Ticket. We have only two of these, which were donated to us by the fine people behind the conference. In case you don’t know, in two short years, this has become the premiere open source conference in the Eastern United States. If you live in and around Raleigh, North Carolina, or already know that you’re going to attend — grab these. Our new asking price is lower than the early bird special in past years, and this year the event has been expanded from two to three days, so the price will be higher. The event will be held October 18-20. Read about it here. Our new asking price: $125 per ticket — an extraordinary value!

Whether you want a perk or just want to give to the cause, go to our IndieGoGo page and show your support today. Don’t wait for other to help us meet our goal — because others might be waiting for you.

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