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10 Linux Distros Perfect For Holiday Gift-Giving

This holiday season, why not give the gift of Linux? It's fun, practical, and free. Here are 10 Linux distros perfect for nearly everyone on your list.
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OpenMandriva Lx

There are people who manage to bring the party with them wherever they go. If a cloud of fun seems to follow someone on your gift list, they need OpenMandriva Lx. When an operating system's description starts with, 'A pinch of Community, a pinch of Passion, a pinch of Innovation, flavoured with Fun,' you know where the community's priorities lie.
OpenMandriva Lx isn't only about the fun, of course. It's part of a complex family tree that goes back to Mandriva and includes a community-supported sibling, Mageia. That complicated history means that there are a lot of folks who can help someone get into the OpenMandriva party spirit and a lot of applications available to add to the fun.
So that's our list of Linux distributions for all the people on your holiday gift list. How did we do? Let us know your favorite Linux distro and why it would be a better gift than any of our choices. We'll meet around the punch bowl in the comment section. 
(Image: Mandriva via Commons)

OpenMandriva Lx

There are people who manage to bring the party with them wherever they go. If a cloud of fun seems to follow someone on your gift list, they need OpenMandriva Lx. When an operating system's description starts with, "A pinch of Community, a pinch of Passion, a pinch of Innovation, flavoured with Fun," you know where the community's priorities lie.

OpenMandriva Lx isn't only about the fun, of course. It's part of a complex family tree that goes back to Mandriva and includes a community-supported sibling, Mageia. That complicated history means that there are a lot of folks who can help someone get into the OpenMandriva party spirit and a lot of applications available to add to the fun.

So that's our list of Linux distributions for all the people on your holiday gift list. How did we do? Let us know your favorite Linux distro and why it would be a better gift than any of our choices. We'll meet around the punch bowl in the comment section.

(Image: Mandriva via Commons)

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12/21/2015 | 10:32:00 AM
Sugar
I love the idea of giving Sugar to kids interested in computers. Of course I'd need to source them a computer first. If I knw more about Linux so I could help them It might be an option. Of course there's always next year. I can learn something about just about anything given a year.
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12/13/2015 | 10:35:27 PM
Re: Ubuntu based smartphones
Why not have a try? Now smartphone OS is becoming heavier and heavier. If Ubuntu based OS can bring something light-weight, it's worth of trying.
Curt Franklin
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12/10/2015 | 12:32:07 PM
Re: 10 Linux Distros Perfect For Holiday Gift-Gaving
I would certainly give a child the gift of a reasonable computer and the right Linux distro. There's much to be learned, though you have to choose carefully to make sure they're intrigued and inspired rather than frustrated. And I would add that this is the perfect sort of gift for providing an excuse for a child to spend a lot of great quality time with an encouraging adult. And that's really the best gift of all.
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12/9/2015 | 11:31:27 PM
Re: Ubuntu based smartphones
"When I talked to some of the Ubuntu members last month they were sharing information on new builds and tests being done. It's definitely a project that's moving forward, but I think they're discovering (as have so many before them) that making a successful smart phone is harder than it looks."

Curt, thanks for the update. So that's means still they are working for that and haven't released any Smartphones with ubuntu OS.
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12/9/2015 | 11:29:23 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."

Gary, good. Am eager to know about Smartphones; whether any for your friends or known circle peoples are using?
Gigi3
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12/9/2015 | 11:29:09 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."

Gary, good.am eager to know about Smartphones; whether any for your friends or known circle peoples are using?
Gigi3
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12/9/2015 | 11:27:11 PM
Re: Ubuntu based smartphones
Technocrati, in my knowledge and known circle, no one is using ubuntu based Smartphones. So the question is now back to community for updates.
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12/9/2015 | 11:47:47 AM
New to me
Great list. I would have picked many of the distros mentioned. I haven't seen Elementary OS before today. I thought of downloading to install on an old machine but it's much too old to run Elementary (not enough RAM).
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12/8/2015 | 12:19:23 PM
Re: gift
I think Linux flash drives are great.  I have a lot of extra flash drives. I have installed Linux and gave it a new life. Make sure you place the thumb drive in a nice box.  I'm sure they will appreciate the great gift you are getting, if they are future computer science students, even better.
Curt Franklin
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12/8/2015 | 11:32:32 AM
Re: Ubuntu based smartphones
When I talked to some of the Ubuntu members last month they were sharing information on new builds and tests being done. It's definitely a project that's moving forward, but I think they're discovering (as have so many before them) that making a successful smart phone is harder than it looks.
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