Brief: Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that should be of interest to many Linux users. The deals are on Linux gadgets, courses, books, magazines, merchandise, and servers.
To the American readers of It’s FOSS, happy thanksgiving!
Black Friday is here which means it is time for some crazy discounts and deals. Good thing is that you don’t have to be an American to enjoy the discounts.
Black Friday tradition has caught up with many other countries as well. Internet-specific products are anyway available in almost all countries. This means that Black Friday is a global event now.
But finding Black Friday deals of your interest is a daunting task. Even if you spend the entire day on the internet looking for good deals, chances are that you would still miss a good deal.
And this is why I created this page to collect the best Black Friday deals for Linux users. Keep your wallet ready. Here are the deals in different categories:
- Software and services
- Books and Courses
- Gadgets and accessories
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Best Black Friday deals for Linux users
Most of these deals are time sensitive so you have to act fast to grab the offer in time.
[Recommended] Up to 65% off on Linux Foundation Certifications and Training
This has to be the best offer for anyone serious about making a career in Linux.
Linux Foundation, the official non-profit organization behind Linux, offers several certifications and training courses. These certifications are trusted in the job market and they give your resume a boost, landing you a job or career change.
The training include hands-on labs & assignments, video content, 12 months of access to online course, discussion forums, PDF certificate, digital certification badge.
If you are opting for a certification, you’ll have to appear for an exam. These certifications are highly valued in the job market.
You can get trained and certified on Linux, Kubernetes, Node.Js and more cutting edge technologies.
You’ll also get a stuffed Tux merchandise for free. You can choose one of the following gifts:
You’ll find more details on their deals page below. Different course bundles may have different coupons so please pay attention to that. You’ll have to add the coupon on the checkout page to get the discount.
[Recommended] 75% off on the
lifetime plan of pCloud encrypted cloud storage
You can use it to back up your entire Linux (and Windows) desktop if you want.
Switzerland is now synonymous with privacy and data protection. pCloud takes pride in it and provides 256-bit AES encryption along with TLS/SSL channel protection. Client-side encryption is an additional paid feature.
Personally, I use the 2 TB lifetime plan of pCloud and I am very happy with their overall service. I highly recommend them as an alternative to Dropbox and Google Drive. I use it to back up all my phone’s photos and videos along with backing up selected files from my desktop.
pCloud is offering its lifetime plan at
[Recommended] 50% off on Insync Google Drive & One Drive synchronization tool for Linux
Insync is one of the best ways to use Google Drive and One Drive client natively on Linux. It also allows multiple account synchronization. You’ll have to buy one license for each account.
If you have tons of cloud storage from Google Drive or One Drive, you can invest in Insync to use these service on Linux desktop.
Insync is giving up to 50% off on its plans on the occasion of Black friday. The deal starts on 29th November and ends on 2nd December. So do keep a tab on the time and date and set your calendar accordingly.
50% off on ProtonVPN
As I said earlier, Switzerland has become synonymous to privacy. The strict data protection and privacy laws has resulted in many privacy-focused services booming in Switzerland. One such startup is ProtonMail.
They have two privacy oriented services:
- PortonMail: Encrypted, secure and private email service
- ProtonVPN: Privacy-focused VPN service
Here’s their Black Friday offer for ProtonVPN:
- 33% off on ProtonVPN Plus yearly package ($80 instead of $120).
- 40% off on ProtonVPN Plus 2 years package ($144 instead of $240).
- 50% off on 2 years combo package of ProtonVPN and ProtonMail ($180 instead of $360).
Alternatively, you can use Singapore based Ivacy VPN which is available at 87% discount.
If encrypted email is what you want, you may try Tutanota as well. They don’t run any sales but they are worth supporting with an inexpensive premium plan.
33% off on SimpleLogin (to save your email inbox from spams)
We have covered a review of SimpleLogin on It’s FOSS. It is a service built on top of open source software that helps you add pseudo email addresses. You can use it for non-critical emails like subscribing for product updates, newsletters etc.
SimpleLogin works as a gatekeeper. It never exposes your real email address. When you feel like, you can simply pull the plug and stop the emails from a specific source. Your real email address stays hidden and secure.
You can get 33% OFF during the Black Friday sale. No additional coupon is required.
40% off on A Cloud Guru (previously known as Linux Academy) annual membership
A Cloud Guru (previously Linux Academy) is a prestigious name in the world of Linux and DevOps e-learning. They have a vast range of video courses and labs available on Linux sysadmin, cloud-related technologies, courses on AWS, Google Cloud, Azure etc.
Various Linux courses for just $9.99 on Udemy
If you think A Cloud Guru is on the expansive side and perhaps not suited for your need, you can try Udemy.
You’ll find a number of Linux courses on Udemy and the good thing is that all of them are priced just $10 (or equivalent in your currency).
And Udemy is not just about Linux. You can find video courses on a range of topics from AI to Photography, from Big Data to GIMP editing and what not.
I suggest that you go for the courses with either best-seller tag or that has good reviews. This would be the best affordable deal of this Black Friday season.
40% off on DataCamp membership
DataCamp is a learning platform with special focus on data science. You get to learn programming languages like Python, R, Scala and tools like Power BI, Spark etc. Basically, if you are looking to make a career as a data scientist, machine learning scientist, data engineer, statistician etc, DataCamp is for you.
40% off on Pluralsight membership
Pluralsight is an e-learning portal with courses on a range of topics and domains. You can also find plenty of courses on Linux and DevOps.
Until 30th November, you can get the annual membership of Pluralsight for 40% off.
Get SSD, RAM, Keyboards and other Raspberry Pi accessories from Amazon
As always, Amazon is also running Black Friday sales. It’s a market place and you can get virtually anything here.
If you like to experiment with electronics, I advise checking out the list of Raspberry Pi accessories and get them from Amazon. You should get them cheaper than the usual price. You should also check Raspberry Pi like gadgets. Chances are that they might be on sale as well.
I also suggest getting SSD disk and RAM to upgrade your desktop/laptop. If your system uses the old HDD system, switching to SSD will give you a much faster computer. Thankfully, the pricing for the SSDs have gone down lately and they are no more as expensive as they used to be.
The same thing goes for RAM. Check your system and see if you can upgrade its RAM.
Offers on Yubico security keys
Software based two factor autnetication is good but you can take it to the next level with a physical USB-based key with Yubico key. This is getting popular in IT industry and among security concerned people.
You can get various level of discount on Yubico keys on the occasion of Black Friday. Offer valid till November 29.
40% off on Cloudways Managed Cloud Service
Cloudways is a managed cloud service provider. If you want to host multiple WordPress websites on one cloud server, look no further than Cloudways. You can add as many WordPress websites as you want. And it’s really easy to deploy new website from their intuitive dashboard.
The best thing is that their WordPress deploy comes with server side cache, image compression among other improvements.
You can get 40% off on the first four months on any of their plan. Just use the coupon code BFCM2021.
Up to 25% Discount on Dell Linux laptops (and accessories)
Dell is one of the largest sellers of Linux laptops. Its XPS 13 Ubuntu edition is one of the best Linux laptops you can get. I bought it in the last Black Friday sale and saved around 150 Euro.
There are sales on Dell laptops again this year. However, this is not generic as the discount varies from device to device and region to region. In France, the discount can be up to 25%.
You may have to search for Ubuntu laptops on the website as Dell doesn’t display them in the main catalog.
Linux games at hefty discount on Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle is also running the Black Friday sale on a range of gaming titles. These are games that can be downloaded from Steam.
Do note that some of the games might not be available for Linux. Even though you can play those Windows-only games on Linux thanks to the SteamPlay Proton, you need to check how well it runs on ProtonDB.
I would advise filtering the games for the Linux platform and then making a purchase if you are looking for native games.
Bonus: Get 13 Linux and programming stickers for just $1 from Unixstickers [includes free international shipping ]
This is not really a Black Friday deal. It’s an evergreen deal but I wanted to include it here because it’s too awesome to be excluded.
If you are looking for Linux and programming related stickers, look no further than Unixstickers. They have bundles of premium stickers available.
The best thing is that their starting pack of 13 stickers is available for only $1 and this includes free international shipping.
What else can you ask for? Just head over to their website and order a pack of stickers for yourself.
Keep watching this page! More deals will be added in coming days
I’ll be adding more deals as they come. There should be a Cyber Monday sale from Linux Foundation and a few more interesting deals should be coming soon.
As I had stated earlier, this post contains some affiliate links. Please read our affiliate policy in that regard.
If you know of some other Black Friday deal that might interest Linux users, please feel free to suggest me and I’ll add it to the list here.
I hope this post helps you save some money. Meanwhile, why don’t you share what you already got in this Black Friday sale?