Girl Scouts to Sell Linux

Fake News written by James Baughn on Wednesday, September 30, 1998

from the door-to-door-linux dept.

The Girl Scouts announced today that they will start to sell Linux CD-ROMs in addition to the traditional cookies. A spokesman for the organization said, "Cookie sales are slumping and the cookie manufacturers are constantly nagging us for a larger share of the profits. Demand for Linux, on the other hand, is increasing. Plus, we can acquire Linux CDs for almost nothing. Fund raising will never be the same again."

Starting next month, Girl Scouts will begin door-to-door sales, asking residents, "Would you like an operating system that doesn't crash? It's only $5, or $30 if you buy a book to go with it." With the increasing dissatisfaction with Windows and the increasing awareness of Linux and open source software, the Girl Scouts expect sales to be strong.

Other organizations are eyeing Linux as a possible fundraising venture. One PBS station in California is giving away complementary Linux CDs to all viewers who send in donations. Donations to the station have tripled over the last month, prompting the station manager to announce, "Finally! We can now afford to show decent programming for a change! Thank you, Linus Torvalds."

In a related story, one breakfast cereal maker is offering free Linux CDs in selected boxes. A spokesman said, "A few months ago we inked a deal with Microsoft to provide free Internet Explorer 4.0 CDs in our boxes. In short, consumer reaction to the IE offer was horrible. Sales actually dropped. We've cancelled that promotion and are now offering free Linux CDs in selected boxes (i.e. the ones that are more expensive). Initial reaction has been very strong. In the future we may offer a new cereal under the 'Tux the Penguin' brand."

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