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Blue Linux Partners Program - description

What is the Blue Linux Partners Program?

This program provides a way to recognize companies and projects that provide ongoing assistance to the Blue Linux project. Since these partners are providing a service of some sort to Blue Linux, we will officially recognize them and maintain a good working relationship with them. Donations to the Blue Linux project do not qualify an organization for Partner status. Donations will be recognized separately.

What are the criteria for Partners?

There are several types of partnerships. Development partners contribute directly to the development of the distributions and related materials. Service partners provide other services to Blue Linux.

Development Partners
  • provide equipment to Blue Linux (at greatly reduced cost or on extended loan)
  • provide equipment for use at conferences, trade shows, etc.
  • provide a hardware based service to Blue Linux (net access, accounts, etc.)
  • commercial vendors who maintain key Blue Linux packages
  • assist or lead efforts to port and maintain Blue Linux packages on their hardware
  • provide free or reduced cost technical service or consulting to Blue Linux

Service Partners
  • assist Blue Linux in distribution of releases
  • provide a forum for Blue Linux's press releases and announcements
  • provide a free or reduced cost non technical service to Blue Linux

To be a partner, at least one of the criteria above must be met. Partners who fall under more than one category can be listed under each category that they qualify for.

What does Blue Linux do for the partners?

Blue Linux will work closely with all partners to ensure that Blue Linux understands the partners needs and concerns, and vice versa. This will enable Blue Linux to remain properly focused within the market through the partner's feedback. Each partner will have space on the Blue Linux partners web page that describes the nature of the partnership. The partner may provide links to be included in this information.

What do the partners do for Blue Linux?

In addition to meeting the criteria for partnership stated above, the partners should prominently mention Blue Linux in the areas affected by the partnership. They should work with Blue Linux to promote the projects interests.

Possibilities include:
  • Links to relevant Blue Linux web pages
  • Advertising Banners/Buttons/Splashes
  • Links to current Blue Linux News/Events/Projects
  • ...and many more!
How does a vendor become a partner?

An email should be sent to partners@bluelinux.org with a proposal for partnership. This proposal will be reviewed by Blue Linux and discussed with the prospective partner. Blue Linux will then make a decision on whether or not a partnership is possible.

How and when do partnerships end?

Blue Linux or the partner may choose to end the partnership at any time. When the partnership ends, the web page entries related to the partner are removed.

Partnerships may end for several reasons:
  • the equipment that was loaned is withdrawn
  • the service is no longer provided
  • the goals of the partners no longer coincide with the goals of Blue Linux