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mak63
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mak63,
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12/7/2015 | 8:11:02 PM
gift
How do you go around and give a distro as a gift? In a CD? A flash drive or in an old computer?
In any case, what I use very often is Parted Magic and Puppy Linux. Not a bad idea to make a flash drive with them, and give it away as a gift.
Technocrati
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12/7/2015 | 6:38:48 PM
Re: Ubuntu based smartphones

"...we are hearing/talking about Ubuntu based smartphones for a long time. Any updates about that, it can be a good gifting option."

 

@Gigi3    Great question.  Anyone using a Ubuntu based phone ?   if so how do you like it ?

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12/7/2015 | 6:16:48 PM
No CentOS in My Stocking ?

Nice list Curtis.    I noticed CentOS was not listed.  

I can understand why not, it would make a terrible X-Mas gift.

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12/7/2015 | 4:10:00 PM
Re: Ubuntu based smartphones
I have an old, super-cheap laptop with Ubuntu on it, and I love it. maybe the best thing about it is a large, enthusiastic user community that loves to pitch in with GOOD Advice every time I run into difficulty. And, it is Totally Free.
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12/7/2015 | 2:50:57 PM
Linux: Accessibility Considerations
I enjoy the Linux articles and the Holiday Gift idea is a good one.
Since I am a blind IT professional, I utilize a screen reader and would like to see more information and mention of accessibility in the Linux information. Several distros are equipped with speech tools "out of the box" and it would be valuable to make mention of some in future articles. How about an article specifically focused on accessible Linux distributions?

To get you started: several of the mainstream distros such as Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian include screen readers, magnifiers and braille access tools, as well as support for those who deal with challenges in manual dexterity. There are other targeted distributions such as Sonar, Vinux and Talking Arch which are specialized Linux distributions dedicated to complete accessibility. If you would like to discuss this further, do not hesitate to contact me.

 
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12/7/2015 | 11:00:02 AM
Linux might not be for everyone, but...
...the list is a good one, but I'll add a couple more:

For tinkerers and those with older hardware, I usually recommend Slackware, the oldest distro still in common use and one with a packaging system that doesn't force you to load a lot of packages you don't want or need (a huge problem with both Red Hat and Debian derivatives).

Gentoo: The ultimate model train set of a Linux distro (more properly "meta-distribution") that downloads pristine source code to the target machine, configures it, compiles it and installs it automatically.  It is a lot of work, as it requires the user to do manually much of the configuration that other distros do "out of the box" but it's a lot of fun to play with if you have some time on your hands and a fast box (updates tend to be an overnight activity).

Free software purists probably won't like anything on your list, but the FSF maintains a list of approved distros (but it doesn't look like the system will let me put the URL into this post).

Now if only we could get the GNU project to create a distro of its own (called "GNU", of course), without waiting for the Hurd to be ready for prime time.
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12/7/2015 | 3:13:45 AM
Re: 10 Linux Distros Perfect For Holiday Gift-Gaving
Recent years have been a reminder that Linux and it's friends aren't going anywhere anytime soon. As the number of people who still own desktops dwindles, I wouldn't be surprised if the number of people (percentage-wise) who run Linux on those desktops increases. I don't know if dropping it under the tree is literally the best way to get someone on board, but you give some good advice on how a certain linux distro might be a good gift for a child with a certain project in mind, or someone with a new year's resolution to tinker more. You could start someone on a lifelong path. Careful about showing your age though, Curt; I don't think people who build custom media servers shop at Fry's very much anymore!
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12/6/2015 | 11:21:28 PM
Ubuntu based smartphones
"If you're working on a gift for that family member or friend who wants to be near the leading edge, but still wants to make sure the systems keep working, then sliding a copy of  Ubuntu  into their stocking makes sense. Ubuntu is a very popular variant of the Debian core, a variant that makes use of the Unity desktop environment. "

Curtis, we are hearing/talking about Ubuntu based smartphones for a long time. Any updates about that, it can be a good gifting option.
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