The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the open-source Linux operating system, has introduced an affinity credit card.

The group gets $50 for each card activated, as well as a percentage of each purchase the card is used to make.

Jim Zemlin, the foundation's executive director, said the card lets people support Linux, which was created by Linus Torvalds, without having to provide technical expertise.

"Some people write code while others work on marketing or defending Linux," Zemlin said in a press release. "The Linux-branded credit card is an easy way for anyone to contribute to the growth of Linux and identify themselves as supporters of the community."

The card, which depicts the Linux mascot, a penguin named Tux, is issued by the $11.9 billion-asset UMB Financial Corp. in Kansas City, Mo., and offered through the affinity card marketing firm CardPartner Inc., a New York unit of Serverside Group Ltd.

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