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Tux, the Linux penguin is adorable and cuddly. He embodies all that is good with computing. Everyone needs a Stuffed Tux! Read more

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Tux, the Linux penguin is adorable and cuddly. He embodies all that is good with computing. Everyone needs a Stuffed Tux!

Nashville, TN Crafts
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Kevin Holmes

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About this project

The ultimate goal is to produce a line of plush toys that depict Tux, the Linux penguin mascot. To many, this little guy represents all that is wholesome and pure in technology. Many cheap knockoff penguin toys have been tried, but currently, the market seems to offer no such toy.  Tux is cute and cuddly; and an inspiration to Linux lovers everywhere!  In order to make it a cost effective venture, I have to order over a thousand of them.

As soon as the project is launched, I'll begin narrowing own the suppliers I've been contacting.  

We'll then go through a rigorous prototype and quality control phase where I'll make sure the design, cuteness, and materials all meet the high standards necessary to make this a success!

This is a labor of love, not a labor of profit.  My ultimate passion is to make this Stuffed Tux become a reality!

Risks and challenges

Quality control is crucial. Tux must be made of soft, lasting material. He must also be affordable, staying true to the open source mindset. The likeness of Tux.

Stuffed Tux MUST resemble the original Linux Tux drawing, originally drawn by Larry Ewing in 1996. I will carefully balance the legacy look of Tux with the cuteness of a huggable stuffed toy.

Occasionally, sites will carry a stuffed Tux toy, but the quality and appearance isn't quite what makes me think of cute, cuddly Tux.

I'm currently working on a stuffed Tux project in hopes I can build an attractive Tux in at least two sizes (12" tall and 24" tall). I'd like to master a 36" Tux as well, but that's a lot of fabric to waste in an experiment, so the smaller sizes will come first. The goal and scope for this product is a line of approx 12" plush toys that really look like Tux, The Linux Penguin.

This little guy brings hope and peace to a world of otherwise monopolized operating systems. I have passion for this because everyone deserves a Stuffed Tux!

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  • You selected
    $20 reward

    12 backers

    Receive your very own Stuffed Tux! Cute and cuddly, this plush toy will remind you daily how you helped make this project happen!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $20 reward

    11 backers

    Receive your very own Stuffed Tux! Cute and cuddly, this plush toy will remind you daily how you helped make this project happen!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $40 reward

    10 backers

    Double Tux Love! A pair of Stuffed Tuxes for travel. This technically doesn't violate the KS rules -- because Tux really doesn't like to travel alone. The 2 quantity is strictly to allow for long travel without scaring the little guy from being alone. The main reason for quantity is to make international fees more reasonable... but the lonely Stuffed Tux story is good, so I'll stick with that.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $50 reward

    0 backers Limited (50 left of 50)

    Receive your very own Stuffed Tux

    ...along with a certificate of appreciation and support for making this happen!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $100 reward

    4 backers Limited (96 left of 100)

    Receive your very own Stuffed Tux... Individually numbered limited edition Stuffed Tux, tagged with a unique number. Also a "special backer" letter and certificate of appreciation for making it all happen!

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    Receive your very own Stuffed Tux, customized and re-sewn by a professional Linux engineer. Inside, he or she will tuck a random piece of X86 hardware. It might be an old stick of RAM, a CPU, or scratched up hard drive platter! Tux's heart runs on legacy hardware, so you'll always have the love!

    Add in a custom-made felt fedora and Tux is ready for action!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $1,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Eat like a penguin! We'll meet you for dinner in Nashville at a premier BBQ restaurant with the staff of StuffedTux.com -- It's our treat for up to 4 people and a free Stuffed Tux plush for each person! It's true that seafood would be more appropriate, but we really like BBQ.

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