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- The Gifts that Keep on Giving (and Sharing, and Reusing - and Campaigning)
Make magazine's 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 Neuros, 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 a $100 donation to the EFF - the perfect gift for those few friends of yours who aren't already members.