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We’re excited about our Mini Monster PC with its ridiculously oversize data locker, but we’re sad that only one person can win it. So to give a little something to the rest of our geeky readers out there, we’re also posting its operating system on the Popular Mechanics Web site for free.

We’ll be honest: We didn’t make the OS from scratch. We cribbed from one of the best Linux-based OSs out there. It’s called Ubuntu, and it’s simple to install, uncluttered and streamlined for easy operation. Plus, networking is a snap, there are minimal threats from viruses and a suite of open-source applications is built in.

Most of the programs have a similar feel to their commercial counterparts. OpenOffice is the open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. GIMP is the open-source answer to Adobe Photoshop. Instant messaging is handled by Pidgin. But most important for our purposes, music and movie functionality is superb. Ubuntu automatically downloads all the codecs to play your video and audio files.

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