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Five last-minute gifts for open source fans

Katherine Noyes | Dec. 20, 2011
'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the land, nary a gift could be found for those bold Linux fans.

Bonus: Three for 2012

These gems won't be available for another month or more, but they're simply too good to ignore.

6. GameGadget

GameGadget is a Linux-based gaming console that will let gamers buy legal and secure downloads of their favorite games through an iTunes-style application. With an open source development platform, the freely programmable handheld device also offers all the tools enthusiasts need to create their own games. Pricing is about $155; availability is scheduled for January.

7. Open Source Chocolate Bar

What chocoholic could resist the open source Chocolate Invader, for which every detail of the creation process is available online? Just imagine: a full 50 grams of single-origin, 66-percent dark chocolate crafted from Costa Rican cacao and shipped in a laser-engraved gift box--and your recipient could even replicate the process to create another one! Pricing is $20; the next batch will ship just after New Year's. Maybe for Valentine's Day?

8. HexBright Flex

You knew software could be open source, but did you know flashlights can too? That's right, the HexBright Flex is a programmable, open source flashlight from California developer Christian Carlberg. All source and design documentation are available online for this 500 lumens LED tool, which can be connected to a computer and programmed or recharged via USB. The project is fully funded on Kickstarter, and any Linux geek would surely be proud to be among the first to receive one. Preorder pricing is $60; retail will be $89.99. The video below demonstrates the HexBright in all its glory.


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