CNET’s Matt Asay reports on the ongoing contest that Cisco is sponsoring for Linux developers: Cisco developer contest drives great applications to Linux. The challenge issued to Linux developers was to design applications for Cisco’s Application Extension Platform and Integrated Service Routers for a $100,000 prize. The hundreds of registrations have now been whittled down to 10 finalists with a winner to be announced in October 2009. Check out the finalists here.

And if you really want to become a mover-and-shaker in the Linux revolution, the Linux Foundation just announced an “expanded” membership program ($99 per year) that gets you a number of special perks and member discounts, including your own email address. Here are the discounts offered:

  • 30% Off of Linux Foundation LinuxCon 2009 – Over $100 value – pays for itself with one use
  • 20% Discount on registration fees for Linux Foundation Training – Over $100 value – pays for itself with one use
  • 35% of O’Reilly Books and E-Books
  • 35% of No Starch Press Publications
  • 15% off Subscription to Linux Journal
  • 15% off Neuros Technologies NeurosLink. The Neuros LINK allows you to watch internettv (hulu, youtube) as well as downloads on your TV using Linux.
  • 50% off Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE)
  • $10 off every $40 order on Thinkgeek (excluding shipping and taxes)
  • 20% Off O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention (OSCON) – Over $100 value – pays for itself with one use