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Ubuntu-related Xmas Gift Ideas

There are only 11 days left until Christmas is once again upon us.

Whether you’re stuck on gift ideas for the Linux loving folks in your life, playing secret Santa in the Office, or keen to add something to your own xmas list, the handful of ideas below might help.

Toshiba AC100

The ARM-powered Toshiba AC100 netbook might ship with Android as its default operating system but Ubuntu 11.10 builds specifically for this device are available.

Toshiba AC100 Ubuntu

With a dual-core Tegra 2 running at 1Ghz, 512Mb of RAM and 8GB SSD, the AC100 isn’t going to replace the dual-core slab you drag around in your backpack.

But for the interested tinkerer, developer or Linux fan who likes to say ‘I was using it first’ the AC100, and Ubuntu on ARM, will provide something new and exciting to play with.

Buy at Amazon

An Ubuntu CD/USB

If you’re fed up of having to rid relatives computers of viruses why not help yourself by helping them switch to Ubuntu?

The Canonical Store sell a range of pre-made Ubuntu CDs and USBs, but there’s nothing wrong with making your own.

Ubuntu downloads can be found @ ubuntu.com/download, and a range of Ubuntu materials for printing can be found @ spreadubuntu.org

Ocelot/Pangolin Toys

Toys are cute, generally cheap and make great stocking fillers.

You can opt for something cute n’ cuddly like this stuffed Ocelot, as seen on eBay US for $6.21: –

Or something more rigid, like this Vinyl Pangolin figure, also on eBay US: –

pangolin toyBrowse on eBay for some local bargains or visit your nearest toy store to find similar items.

The Official Ubuntu Book (6th Edition)

There are a lot of Ubuntu books out there pitched at varying degrees of aptitude, but for a solid ‘all rounder’ the Official Ubuntu book (6th Edition) is a safe bet.

The book covers a wide range of topics -

  • Learn what Ubuntu is and how to install it
  • Using the Unity desktop
  • Using Ubuntu’s default apps
  • Learn about installing and using Ubuntu Server
  • Diagnosing and fixing common problems
  • Getting help
  • More

Tux Tie

I can’t imagine anything cheesier than this, but if you’re going somewhere formal and you have to wear a tie, why not make it a tux one?

The tie costs £10 for red, £10 for blue, or just £15 for both. Buy them over @ deluxe-tech.co.uk/tuxtie.html

(thanks to @DHayward119)

Ubuntu Merch

The Canonical store stocks a range of official Ubuntu merchandise – you can find tees, pens, CDs, hoodies, mouse-mats, and more. For the xmas period Canonical are also offering 15% off of hoodies, and a free gift if you spend more than £25.

Visitshop.canonical.com/