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Share freedom this holiday season!

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Dec 26, 2012 01:23 PM

This holiday season, support computer-user freedom by giving an FSF membership to your loved ones.

Are you already feeling tired and overwhelmed by the thought of having to figure out what to get the software user you love this holiday season? Concerned about spending money on yet another dust collector or future regift? Is "retail therapy" actually not that therapeutic for you? Are the myriads of consumer options generating a cloud of anxiety over your head? Free yourself from the consumer funk and this "paradox of choice" by opting to give your loved one a gift that will raise their social consciousness, create more lasting cheer, and defend computer-user rights: donate an FSF membership.

Membership support makes up the lion's share of the FSF's operating costs, and an FSF membership will help fund our work to defend and promote computer-users' freedom. Your gift recipient will receive a number of benefits: an ultra-slim USB membership card, the opportunity to take advantage of the FSF-member e-mail forwarding service, free attendance at the annual LibrePlanet conference, a 20 percent discount on FSF merchandise, the FSF's biannual bulletin, and discounts on training classes.

Giving a membership as a gift is easy: make a donation of $60 for a student membership, $120 for an associate membership, or any larger amount you wish, using the gift recipient's name. Please note: a thank-you e-mail will automatically be sent out to the e-mail address associated with the donation, and the welcome packet (including the USB member card and the bulletin), will be mailed to the mailing address you enter. If you wish to give the recipient the welcome packet yourself, and save the surprise for later, please enter your own e-mail address and your own mailing address. The addresses can always be updated later.

So, think about the conscientious techies on your gift list, and consider giving them a membership to the Free Software Foundation this holiday. It comes with tangible benefits and good karma.

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