Santa Claus in Linux Style: Top Linux Hardware and Free Linux/Programming Books & Courses Recommendations

In the last days of 2015 we have the big celebrations – Christmas. My congratulations for all readers, I wish everyone the biggest success, health, love and other good things. This post is not all about celebrations: recommend to see, use, and extend this collections. All materials are actual and have a good quality. If you have a new candidature for including — feel free to write in comments.

Table of Contents

Linux Books

For Beginners



System Administration



Programming Books & Resources









Linux Hardware

Here is list of hardware with preinstalled Linux or Linux-friendly:

  • ThinkPenguin TPE-NWIFIROUTER – router based on libreCMC and support IEEE 802.11n (~ 300Mbps), 5 ports 10/100M
  • Taurinus X200 Laptop with Trisquel Linux Distribution and Libreboot (free and opensource BIOS analog)
  • Linksys WRT1900ACS – OpenWrt-supported powerful router: 1.6 ghz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM, 802.11ac, USB 3.0, gigabit ethernet
  • Chromecast Audio – play music from Spotify, Google Play, Pandora
  • MintBox Mini – mini-PC from the Linux Mint Project only for $295: quad-core AMD A4, 4GB DDR3, 64GB SSD, 1 GB Ethernet, mSATA, WiFi, HDMI
  • – $249 chromebook with 10.1″ IPS display, > 11 hour battery, 4 GB RAM, Mali T764 video chip, 2 x USB 2.0, micro HDMI
  • Ugoos UT3S – $149 mini-PC with 4k video support, 4 GB RAM, Mali-T764 GPU, 32 GB SSD, 1GbE, 802.11ac
  • Turris Omnia – open router with OpenWrt fork support: 2 * 1.6 GHz CPU, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 4 GB Flash, 5 * 1 Gbit port, 2 * USB 3.0, 2 mini PCI Express (in router!!!), mSATA, 3×3 MIMO 802.11ac (IMHO this is mini server more than router)

Free Courses



And massive thanks to for this fantastic artwork:

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