Monday, December 22, 2008

Make magazine has a great article on open source gift ideas for the season.

There are hundreds of gift guides this holiday season filled with junk you can buy, but a lot of times you actually don't own it, you can't improve upon it, you can't share it or make it better, and you certainly can't post the plans, schematics, and source code either. We want to change that. We've put together our picks of interesting open source hardware projects, open source software, services, and things that have the maker spirit of open source. Some are kits, some are open software projects that you'll need to build hardware for before gifting, and some are just support for the projects/groups that do open source. Included in this guide are things you can get from the MAKE store too (we try and have as many open source goods as possible).

I had heard about the "gift economy" of open source but never realized that we have so many gift ideas! Way to go, open source!

1 comment:

Arvind said...

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