Make a New Year’s resolution that you can stick to. Save yourself hundreds of dollars by switching to LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org or any other open source productivity suite rather than upgrading your current proprietary software. You can then use the money saved to take your significant other out on the town. You can both thank me later.
Start your new year by defending your computer against the threat of viruses. Install ClamAV, the open source virus scnanner, today.
The Android open source operating system used on most tablets is based on Linux. On this note, tablets aren’t a bad idea for Christmas gifts.
GCompris, the open source educational suite, is available for Apple iPad. Look for the app entitled Yellow Duck. It’s free, but in order to enable all features, you must purchase Yellow Duck for a very small fee.
Xsnow is a great way to bring some holiday cheer to your UNIX/Linux desktop. It’s an open source program that creates a scenic snowfall on your computer. You can control such factors as snowflake color, wind direction and the size of Santa’s sleigh.
The Ice Window Manager or IceWM is an open source window manager for UNIX-based operating systems. It’s fairly light, easily customized and provides an interface very similar to Microsoft Windows. If you’re new to Linux, you may want to give it a try.
You may have been utilizing open source technology without realizing it. Such common applications as Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and WordPress are all open source.
Arduino, BeagleBoards and Raspberry Pi are all open source hardware projects targeted at computer hardware hobbyists. Imagine a motherboard and CPU that fits in your hand and that can run an operating system from an SD card and display information on a television. They’ve even been used in model rockets to measure altitude, temperature and to take pictures.