Obviously, the shopping season has started -- after all it's Cyber Monday. And retailers want your money. So why not invest in open source projects? With what Phillip Torrone shows on MAKE in his Open source gift guide for the holidays, I'm sure you'll find ways to put -- very small amounts of -- money into innovative projects.
There are more than 60 projects shown here, and most are somewhat geeky. So I've selected only one item for people who want to have fun for the holidays: free beer.
FREE BEER is based on classic ale brewing traditions, but with addded Guaraná for a natural energy boost. The recipe and branding elements of FREE BEER is published under a Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) license, which means that anyone can use the recipe to brew their own FREE BEER or create a derivative of the recipe.
Anyone is free to earn money from FREE BEER, but they must publish the recipe under the same license and credit our work. All design and branding elements are available to beer brewers, and can be modified to suit, provided changes are published under the same license ("Attribution & Share Alike").
But feel free to read about the other open source gifts you can make -- even to yourself. They're all offered at very low costs.
[Disclaimer: I'm not associated with MAKE in any way.]
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