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Ubuntu for the Holidays

You’ve already got Ubuntu on your computer so why not have some Ubuntu under your Christmas tree-or Hanukkah bush, Ubuntu’s for everyone-as well.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, has launched an U.S.-based on-line shop for Ubuntu-branded merchandise and software. The U.S. Ubuntu Shop carries a wide range of Ubuntu-branded items.

For example, you can get organic cotton t-shirts with slogans like ‘I do it with Ubuntu’ and the Ubuntu circle of friends logo. Personally, I favor the Chocolate Ubuntu Mens Hoody. The new shop also offers Ubuntu-branded mugs, caps, and a snazzy looking messenger bag that looks like it wold be perfect for a 17″ Ubuntu-powered laptop and associated gear. With a new fulfillment house in St. Louis, Missouri, Canonical promises that shipments will be faster and less expensive for Ubuntu users and enthusiasts in the U.S.

The shop also offers CDs, DVDs, and USB sticks with the latest Ubuntu operating system. And, if you’re a KDE fan, the site will soon include Kubuntu merchandise.

On a more serious side, you can also order Ubuntu training and support for both your desktop and server from the shop.

“Our goal is to sell fun, useful and beautiful items for people who love Ubuntu,” said Andrew Rodaway, marketing director at Canonical in a statement. “The U.S. has long been the most popular shipping destination, so we’re delighted we can save our customers shipping costs as well as reduce the environmental impact of air freighting goods. Buying Ubuntu merchandise is a great way to show support for the project.”

So, if you want to add some Ubuntu cheer to your holiday after checking out the goodies at ThinkGeek (http://www.thinkgeek.com/index.shtml), head on over to the new Ubuntu shop. It will make both you and Tux the penguin happy.

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