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Paint an old toy for Christmas, revive an old PC with Linux.

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As everything gets more expensive, at times a wonderful low-cost gift is cherished more so than the high priced latest fad gadget, particularly if its thoughtfully done right.

Just about every computer produced in the past ten years is capable of doing most everyday tasks online such as web browsing, email, music, videos, pictures and documents. Unfortunately most of those computers came with Windows XP, Vista, etc.

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