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Issue 188 (September 2014) - Speed up Linux

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Give your distro a speed boost with our ultimate guide to speeding up Linux. We show you how to start smarter with Systemd, optimise your file system, improve app performance and a lot more.

We also investigate the state of 4K support on Linux - is our favourite operating system ready for the hot new technology? We also look at how open source and open platforms will be shaping the future of education in the UK, and delve deep into Arch Linux.

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

On the DVD: CentOS 7 - the enterprise server OS for all, Arch Linux, Rescatux 0.32 plus HotPicks, tutorial code and more.

 Features

Speed up Linux

Roll your sleeves and follow Mayank Sharma into the garage to give your Linux box a high-octane tune up. (Mayank Sharma)

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Open Education

Linux Format discovers how open source and open platforms will be shaping the future of education in the UK and how that will actually happen in practice. (Neil Mohr)

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Linux and 4K

Ultra-high definition is the ‘next big thing’, but how well is 4K supported in Linux? (Matt Hanson)

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Arch Linux: Your flexible friend

Jonni Bidwell enters through the narrow portal that leads to the functional way. (Jonni Bidwell)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

The good doctor looks at NetworkManager, a ool that most of us take for granted, Red Hat's NetworkManager has just undergone a face lift. (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

On the disc

CentOS 7, Arch Linux, Rescatux 0.32 plus speed recognition tools and much more. (Neil Bothwick)

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The best new open source software on the planet

Kangas Sound Editor QI, CodeWorld, Seafile, Rescatux, Mailpile, The Music Suite, LFTP, N2048, Seagull Soup, TeXstudio and Perl. (Richard Smedley)

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 Tutorials

Accounts: rights and ownership

Whether you are managing one user or a hundred, Neil Bothwick goes through the basics of how user accounts work on Linux. (Neil Bothwick)

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Lychee: Build a photo server

Power up a lightweight web-based personal Flickr and share all your pics. (Mayank Sharma)

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Systemd: Set up connections

Neil Bothwick says that if you’re a keen user of Systemd, you may no longer need to use a separate network manager. (Neil Bothwick)

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Nginx: The Apache killer

Andrew Mallett uses his wee Raspberry Pi to show how easy it is to create a website – complete with a database – using LEMP technology. (Andrew Mallett)

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OpenStack: Object storage

Jolyon Brown looks at Swift, which is the OpenStack object storage service, before demonstrating cloud orchestration with Heat. (Jolyon Brown)

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PHP/SQLite: Mass emailer

Spread the word! Kent Elchuk explains how to send out email newsletters from your own server en masse while dodging most spam filters. (Kent Elchuk)

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 Coding Academy

Python: Build a multi-Pi cluster

Jonni Bidwell connects a bunch of Pis together in a cluster – affectionately known as a Bramble – and harnesses their power to crack passwords. (Jonni Bidwell)

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Python: Code a Gimp plugin

Jonni Bidwell uses Python to add some extra features to the favourite open source image-manipulation app, without even a word about Gimp masks. (Jonni Bidwell)

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 Reviews

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Mayank Sharma looks at the latest release of Red Hat's flagship distro to see what the big boys are up to and what it means for the rest of us. (Mayank Sharma)

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KaOS 2014.06

David Hayward investigates an interesting independently-built distro that focuses on the quality of the user experience rather than extreme content. (David Hayward)

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MakuluLinux 6.0

An interesting distro with an unusual style that will appeal to new and experienced Linux users alike. (David Hayward)

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HP 255 G1

A budget Ubuntu-equipped laptop from big boy HP that even Neil Mohr could afford – but with performance like this, would he actually want to? (Neil Mohr)

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Opera Developer 24

Marco Fioretti tries out a cool internet browser that has returned to the Linux kernel for the first time since July 2013. (Marco Fioretti)

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Intel Core i7 4790K

Does Intel’s latest top-end processor mean that the Haswell line will end on a high note? (Dave James)

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Raspberry Pi B+

As a lover of all things Pi related, Les Pounder was given early access to the new Model B+ Raspberry Pi. How does it compare with its predecessors? (Les Pounder)

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Roundup: Voice recognition

David Hayward dons his headphones this month to test out a selection of voice and speech pattern recognition software for Linux. (David Hayward)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Raspberry Pi B+, Windows news, X Window System, NSA updates and more. (Henry Winchester)

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