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November 16, 2006
The geek gift guide (and giveaway)
by Rebecca Fernandez and the rest of the Magazine staff
We know that the holidays are a busy time of year. Finding the perfect gift can be a month-long adventure. So save a little time when it comes to shopping for your favorite geeks. We've done the legwork for you.
Plus, we want to hear from you. Enter to win the gadgets in this gift guide by telling us what you'd like to see in Red Hat Magazine in the upcoming year. The best ideas will win the loot, and good entries will win something cool, too. Here's the fine print.
LEGO Mindstorms NXT
It's a little robot. It's open source. There's a Software Development Kit. And it's made by LEGO. Need we say more?
Pepper Pad 3
At 2 lbs and 20GB, the Pepper Pad 3 is bigger than a PDA, smaller than a laptop, and does a little bit of everything. Surf the web. Take pictures. Play music and movies. Or program it as a universal remote control. Based on Fedora Core, Java, and Firefox, the Pepper applications are on their way to becoming fully open source. Developer tools, including an SDK are available.
Make your own MP3 player kit
Why drop big bucks on a proprietary iPod when you can build your own media player for less? The best part? The plans are open source. Improve the design and share the love with someone else.
$72 - $110
And after you build your own media player, you'll need to load it up with new music. Magnatune offers music, the way it should be. Listen before you buy. You decide what to pay the artists, and you can choose your preferred file format. And the folks at Magnatune actually encourage you to share your music with friends.
$5 - $18
Know someone who needs a little cynicism? Give them the gift of demotivation. Wall posters, plaques, calendars, coffee mugs, and more. Perfect for the surly admin who fixes your laptop. And they've even got something for your biz-book-loving boss.
Elephant's Dream Extended DVD
The world's first open source movie is now available on DVD, with lots of features. Includes a "making of the film" documentary, the original script and storyboard, and subtitles in 34 languages. Plus, all the media and design files used in its creation.