November 27, 2006 | By Danny O'Brien

The Gifts that Keep on Giving (and Sharing, and Reusing - and Campaigning)

Make magazine's href="http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/11/the_open_source_1.html">Open
Source Gift Guide is an eye-opening collection of the products and services
that aid your freedom to tinker, share, improve and learn seriously. Some of
the goods offered are more aspirational than practical holiday gifts: you'll be hard
put to track down the OpenMako unrestricted
GSM phone
, or Chumby, Bunnie
Huang and co's prototype hackable alarm clock, in time for Christmas. But popular open
products from href="http://wiki.neurostechnology.com/index.php/Neuros_OSD">Neuros, href= "http://magnatune.com/">Magnatune's DRM-free FLAC audio, the open
source MediaPortal Windows media
center
, and Rockbox, the free
firmware replacement for most MP3 players, show just how vibrant a market can
be when it casts off DRM shackles and sets about re-asserting user control.
And then there's Make's highly sensible suggestion of href="http://www.eff.org/support/">a $100 donation to the EFF - the perfect gift for
those few friends of yours who aren't already members.


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