10 last-minute gift ideas for the Linux geeks on your list
PC World - It may be better to give than it is to receive, but that doesn't mean geeks the world over don't have virtual sugarplums dancing through their heads.
Of course, if it's a Linux geek you're trying to please, no i-gadget or Thing 7 is likely to do the trick. Fans of free and open-source software (FOSS) are a breed apart, so you'll have to choose carefully to win their hearts.
If there's an open-source aficionado on your Christmas shopping list, then read on for a hand-picked assortment of ideas.
1. The Tux Mug
The Linux.com store is a great place to start your FOSS-filled shopping travels, not least because of its elegant Tux Mug, around $9.
"Perfect for those quiet nights when you are sitting in your robe and watching 'The Code'," as the store's description notes.
It's hard to go wrong at ThinkGeek, where there's a virtual treasure trove of ideas for geeks of every variety.
One of my favorites is the Linux Cheat Shirt, which not only features assorted Linux commands, but it displays them *upside-down* for easy viewing by the wearer. Handy for job interviews and any other occasion where the Linux geek's knowledge might be put to the test, the shirt starts at $15.
Linux fans are often an opinionated lot, so why not help the one in your life express hish3true feelings? Nothing will make friends at the office better than this gem that reads, "The box said ‘Requires Windows Vista or better.' So I installed LINUX." Priced at $4.
CafePress offers another winning array of Linux-related gifts, including a customized Christmas stocking. Guaranteed to befuddle all but those in the mathematical know, this 19-by-9-inch, $12 beauty reads: "There are 10 kinds of people: Those who understand binary, and those who don't."
If you're in the latter group, you'll need to ask your Linux-head friend to explain.
If you've got a shopping budget that's a bit bigger, then why not consider the iGala Linux-based, Wi-Fi-enabled photo frame? It can be hooked up to Gmail, Flickr or even your private albums. It's on sale from the elves at ThinkGeek, starting at $200.
OK, now that we're talking big budgets, you can splurge for what countless Linux geeks secretly yearn for. That's right, it's the Galaxy Tab--the Android-powered (and thus superior) alternative to Apple's iPad. Pricing varies with the carrier.
Speaking of Android, if your FOSS friend is a fan -- and what open-minded person isn't? -- why not present them with this adorable Android robot doll? It's available on Etsy for $20.
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