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A year in FOSS

The time has flown by but it seems I’ve been in the hot FOSS seat for twelve months; more commonly known as one of your Earth years. It’s rare to talk directly about the magazine, but the good news is we’re still here and doing better than ever. We’re continuing to bring onboard new writers to expand our areas of expertise and we’re planning, what we hope you will find, fascinating new features and tutorials for the year ahead.

I might have started on Linux Format as something of an open source neophyte – though to qualify that I’ve used Linux since 2000 for projects and even looked at the kernel source mid-90s on my Amiga – but even then it was obvious how vibrant, constantly changing and vitally important GNU/Linux is to the world. Over the last year here in the UK open source has seeped into our government infrastructure and is now part of the school curriculum, championed a good deal by the work of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

To help celebrate this fortunate turn of events we’re exploring how you can hack Linux on the Pi to ever greater levels with fun projects, advanced Linux services and essential skills. All the fun starts inside issue 191 so we hope you’ve brought your Pi with you.

Not that we want to obsess on the Pi too much, even if it’s a great device that’s changing the world, a big part of that success is its Linux smarts. We’re finishing our Nginx series (which also happens to all work with the Raspberry Pi) but we’re also going deep into Cython to accelerate everyday Python, exploring how to use Git for your own projects and look at how you can get started developing PHP.

We’re also trying to stay musical with a roundup of excellent players and even pro-level production. Plus even more advanced tutorials, reviews and a packed DVD. I hope you enjoy the issue and many more over the next 12 months!

Issue 191, December - on sale now

Hack the Raspberry Pi

Over the last year here in the UK open source has seeped into our government infrastructure and is now part of the school curriculum, championed a good deal by the Raspberry Pi foundation. To help celebrate this fortunate turn of events we're exploring how you can hack Linux on the Pi to ever greater levels with fun projects, advanced Linux services and essential skills, we hope you've brought your Pi with you. Not that we want to obsess on the Pi too much, it's a great device that's changing the world, but part of that success is its Linux smarts. We're finishing our Nginx series, we're also going deep into Cython to accelerate everyday Python, exploring how to use Git for your own projects and look at how you can get started developing PHP. We're also trying to stay musical with a roundup of excellent players and even pro-level production with JACK. Plus even more advanced tutorials, reviews and a packed DVD.

 



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