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Tux Droid - Talking Linux Penguin

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No matter how many strange products we get through the doors here at TrustedReviews there's always something stranger ready to pop up and baffle us some more. I think, though, that for pure surrealism the Tux Droid is going to be pretty hard to beat. Now it's hard to deny that some Linux fans can be pretty evangelistic about their operating system of choice but I wouldn't have thought that that religious dedication would extend so far at to want an idol of the Linux mascot, Tux the penguin, sitting on one's desk.

Apparently, though, I am mistaken because that's exactly what is sitting in front of me right now, and it's not just an effigy of the much-loved penguin, but a wirelessly connected moving speaking robot or sorts. More curiously, unlike most every piece of hardware on the planet, rather than having to hunt for hours on end to find a Linux driver, you'll discover that that only Linux users can use the Tux Droid as Windows drivers aren't available.

This may not seem like a huge issue (what Windows user wants a figure of the Linux mascot on their desk?) but it is a pain when you don't have a Linux machine to hand in order to properly test the dratted thing. It was therefore necessary to go through the fun business of setting up a system with Debian - not a task for the faint hearted. Still, mere days later I had my PC dual booting with Vista and Linux and it was time to have a play with Tux.

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