Here’s a new open source business model: Mandrake Linux Users Club. What it really is is a subscription service for users of Mandrake Linux. I think it’s pretty smart. Everybody knows that you can buy a CD with Mandrake on it for less than 5 bucks at cheapbytes.com, and that selling distro CDs is not the most optimal way of bringing in revenue. Rather than trying to make money like that indirectly, they’re giving you the opportunity to just give them money to keep doing what they’re doing. By allowing you to subscribe, they’re making sure that they have a steady stream of somewhat guaranteed revenue (rather than relying on regular old donations). I hope it works.