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Ubuntu Debit Card

My bank allows customizing the front of the card with an image of your choice. So, I figured why not represent Free Software and Linux everywhere I use my card? I struggled for some time finding the right image to represent Free Software. The GNU logo is almost as horrid as Tux, the Linux kernel logo, so that was out. I thought about putting the free Debian logo on it, but if I was going to represent a specific GNU/Linux distribution, I might as well represent the one I worked so long with- Ubuntu. Plus, it will match my license plates, so why not? Well, I just got my new debit card in the mail yesterday from my bank. Here it is:

Picture of an Ubuntu logo branded debit card

{ 19 } Comments

  1. Joshua Chase | April 2, 2009 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Pure Awesome, I need this.

  2. Random Joe | April 2, 2009 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    w00t that rocks !!

  3. Mat | April 2, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink


    I have Tux on my bank card since several years, now 🙂

  4. ethana2 | April 2, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink


  5. Jef Spaleta | April 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Does your bank not have restrictions with regard to using trademarked logos as background images?


  6. drew | April 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Um, I would say Tux is cute, but it is your card and Ubuntu is nice too...

  7. foo | April 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    UGH, the Ubuntu marketing machine is expanding, Cthulhu save us!

  8. Aaron | April 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    @Jef Spaleta- Nope, they don't, as I'm not abusing or illegally using the mark. I'm well within the bounds of legal use.

  9. David | April 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Might want to use black bars next time for blocking your card number. Blurring it or turning it into a mosaic makes it fairly easy to guess the number. Awesome looking card though. I wish my bank did that...

  10. Zac | April 3, 2009 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Hey, that is great! Good for Ubuntu too.

  11. jef Spaleta | April 3, 2009 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    i didnt say it was 'illegal' use. But so far in my experience companies tend to have boilerplate clauses in their terms and services which drastically limit whether you are allowed to use trademarked material as a customizable image in situations like this even if the trademark is being used legally.

    I'm surprised that your bank's policy with regard to what images doesn't cover trademarks at all.

    The capitalone imagecard policy prohibits trademark logos..unless its a capitalone partner's trademark.

  12. Christer Edwards | April 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    testing to see what your identification plugin shows.

    chromium-browser - archlinux - kde 4.2.2

  13. drew | August 25, 2009 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Where did you get the image for your card? My bank says it should be at least 2625x1680, but I cannot find ubuntu logo that big.

  14. Aaron | August 25, 2009 at 11:20 am | Permalink


    It was an SVG that was rather small. I just opened it in the GIMP, made it massively large, seeing as though it's scalable, converted to jpg (as that's what the uploading mechanism wanted), and it took.

  15. Tomalak Geret'kal | November 4, 2009 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Dude ... seriously?

  16. Tomalak Geret\'kal | November 4, 2009 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    BTW I did not give you permission to publish the contents of my browser's User-Agent string alongside my name for permanent posterity.

  17. Aaron | November 4, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    @Tomalak Geret'kal seriously. oh, and you could have commented anonymously.

  18. The (C) Gentoo User | March 17, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Tomalak, ashamed of being a Windows user? Calm down... Sooner or later readers of your blog will find out anyway. 🙂

  19. Kaustubh P | October 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    w00t w00t!! I wish my bank allowed me to do that. Im reduced to doing ubuntu stuff on my helmet and bike!

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