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Issue 183 (May 2014) - Star Distros

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Using Linux is all about choice, and there is a wealth of different distros that you can use. But which one is the best for your needs? This issue we pit the top Linux distros against each other to help you decide. Also in this issue we show you how to turn a humble Raspberry Pi into an advanced server, test out the top development environments, show you how to Master OpenSUSE and talk to renowned hacker Freakyclown.

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Mageia 4, Ubuntu 13.10, OpenSUSE 13.1 and much more...

 Features

Star Distros

We pit five of the best distros against each other to see which is the best. (Mayank Sharma)

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CyanogenMod

What's next for the popular Android mod? (Matthew Bolton)

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3D printing

How the latest tech works with Linux. (David Hayward)

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Interview: Freakyclown

We talk to enigmatic hacker freakyclown about the future of online security in a world where every click is under surveillance. (Les Pounder)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Dr Chris Brown talks durable storage, automatic intrusion detection, timestamps and more. (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

On the disc

Mageia 4, Ubuntu 13.10, OpenSUSE 13.1, hot picks, tutorial code and more. (Neil Bothwick)

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The best new open source software on the planet

LibreOffice, KeePass, codemisc, haveged, VMS Empire, Fuego, Xnee, IPCop, di, Ack, tk-yupana (Richard Smedley)

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 Tutorials

LinConnect

We show you how to get notifications from Android devices to the Linux desktop. (Neil Mohr)

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OpenSUSE

We host an OpenSUSE masterclass, with hints and tips for the popular distro. (Carl Fletcher)

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Job scheduling with Cron and at

Save time by getting your computer to run day-to-day tasks automatically. (Neil Bothwick)

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Ghost

Make sure your blog stands out from the crowd with the Ghost platform. (John Lane)

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Shrimping.it

Create your own DIY circuit board for literally pennies. (Richard Smedley)

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Advanced server

Want to learn how to administer a web server? Kent Elchuk shows you how to set up a fast-loading, resilient home web server for testing and training. (Kent Elchuk)

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 Coding Academy

HTML5: build a custom video player

We show you how to use HTML5’s media API to build a custom player with a UI that will stay consistent no matter what browser you use. (Ian Devlin)

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JavaScript: improve your workflow

Dennis Odell demonstrates how Grunt simplifies day-to-day front-end development tasks and automate repetitive tasks (Dennis Odell)

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 Reviews

Zbox Nano ID68+

We installed SteamOS on this tiny PC to see how well it would work as a home-made Steam machine. It offers plenty of power in a very small package. (Matt Hanson)

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Acer C720

We try out the latest Chromebook. (Henry Winchester)

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Synology DS214se

NAS units may come and go, but the Synology DS214se has an ace up its sleeve – and this ace is Linux (David Hayward)

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Philips Screeneo

Projectors for the home user have always had a bad press. However, that all changes with the launch of the Screeneo. (David Hayward)

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SparkyLinux LXDE

Les Pounder adds some spark to his Linux distro-hopping adventures with this Debian-based release that’s not for novices. (Les Pounder)

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PiBang Linux

A CrunchBang derivative for the Raspberry Pi? Les Pounder fires up the community created distribution to investigate. (Les Pounder)

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Nvidia GTX 750 Ti

Nvidia’s new GPU architecture premiers in a graphics card costing just over £100 (Dave James)

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Game reviews

We play Guacamelee! Gold Edition and Gone Home. (Matt Hanson)

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Roundup: IDEs for coding

Whether you consider yourself a greenhorn programmer or a seasoned veteran, Mayank Sharma has an IDE for you. (Mayank Sharma)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Upstart vs systemd, Mozilla phones, Ubuntu phones, Wifislax and more. (Matt Hanson)

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What on Earth: GnuPG

Matt Hanson doffs his tin foil hat and quickly peeks out of his concrete bunker to fill us in on the GNU Project’s FOSS cryptographic software. (Matt Hanson)

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