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The stupid thing is that we all know to keep our desktop and server up to date, right? We truly hope so. The simple reason being that new exploits are being discovered all the time – let’s not even get into the CIA Vault 7 revelations – so unless you can keep your infrastructure updated, you have no security.

If you have no control over a device’s updates, how can you know it’s secure? Well, you can’t. That’s why we push so much for people to develop, build and maintain their own IoT devices. Sure, devices hidden behind your own broadband NAT are largely secure, but if they need to communicate to the big beyond that’s a different story. With the release of the all-new Raspberry Pi Zero W we’re taking the opportunity to catch up with how you can build better devices with open source.

We’re taking a look at the new Pi Zero W, talking to Eben Upton about the new device, suggesting the best Pi Zero HATs you should use and finally explain a low-impact message transport protocol that will help you build a better smart home. Les Pounder is our Raspberry Pi expert who will guide you through the new device.

As we’re running with a Raspberry Pi feature there’s no Pi User this issue, which means more Linux tutorials! The bumper crop includes a look at the virtual machine manager Proxmox, picture encryption with Trupax, looking after your GnuPG keys and enhancing your webserver with Varnish. Add a look at the available CAD packages so you can design your new makes, how to play Blu-ray discs under Linux and some basic Android app development, and we hope you’ll find there’s something in this issue for everyone – because free and open source software is literally for everyone. Enjoy!

Issue 223, May - on sale now

The new Raspberry Pi Zero W

Let’s build better devices! With the release of the all-new Raspberry Pi Zero W we’re taking the opportunity to catch up with how you can build better devices using open source. We’re taking a look at the new Pi Zero W, talking to Eben Upton about the new device, suggesting the best Pi Zero HATs you should use with your projects and finally explain a low-impact message transport protocol that will help you build a better smart home. Plus all this:
Proxmox - virtual machine manager
Open source CAD - discover the best CAD packages for your next maker project
AMD Ryzen - we test the 8-core 16-thread processor that’s taking on Intel’s best!
Dell XPS 13 2017 - Dell tweaks its famous Linux laptop to run Kaby Lake
Blu-ray - We explore how you can actually watch Blu-rays on Linux
Android Studio - develop your first Android app, it’s easy!
Canonical 2017 - we catch up with what’s hot at Canonical in 2017
LXF server - we extend our home server with webmin and Samba
And more!

 



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