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Issue 100 (Christmas 2007) - New Horizons

Set course for 2008: we speak to the biggest names in Linux, and reveal new features coming in Firefox, KDE and more!

Special double-distro disc: enhanced Ubuntu 7.10 and OpenSUSE 10.3 on our 8GB DVD

Hardware hacking made easy with the Arduino board

Reviewed and rated: Mandriva 2008 vs OpenSUSE 10.3 vs Ubuntu 7.10

Tutorials on choosing the right distro, fixing boot problems, securing your home directory, Perl coding and network booting

 Features

New Horizons

Join some of the biggest names in GNU/Linux - including Richard Stallman, Gael Duval and Jim Zemlin - for a look back at what the community has achieved over the last 100 issues of LXF, and what's still to come... (Mike Saunders)

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Hardware hacking made easy

Any old geek can program software, but it takes some serious commitment to computers to want to program hardware. We show you how to get started with the Arduino board... (Paul Hudson)

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All together now...

Could open source media production tools save the BBC enough money to halt its current crisis? (Daniel James)

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Business Intelligence: an oxymoron?

Had it up to here with memos about the cover on your TPS reports? We explain why open source BI is no BS, and can make your boss a lot less pointy haired into the bargain... (Andy Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Ubuntu 7.10 and OpenSUSE 10.3

Massive double-sided 8GB DVD, featuring an exclusive, enhanced version of Ubuntu with KDE, KOffice, Xfce, AbiWord, development tools and more. Plus: OpenSUSE 10.3, 100 chapters from Apress books, Gnome 2.20, games and more (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Gnome-Inform, Yakuake, Motion, Project-M, Zim, Battle Tanks, Bos Wars, Synkron, phpMyAdmin, TaskJuggler (Graham Morrison)

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 Tutorials

Choose the right distro

Your choice of distro is an important one and will affect your whole Linux experience. We lead you out of the dark and into desktop heaven... (Andy Channelle)

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When Linux won't boot

It's a moment that every user of any OS dreads: your computer failing to boot. Follow our methods for soothing your troubled brow. (Chris Brown)

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Settings: Secure your /home

Can you preserve settings across your Ubuntu reinstalls? Yes! Restructure your hard drive and increase security with ext2resize and LUKS. (Jack Knight)

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Code project: An IRC bot

Part 1: Love programming, but need some fresh ideas? Here's a new series on mini coding projects, starting with your very own IRC bot... (Mike Saunders)

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Network: Booting without a hard drive

Do you want a silent HTPC, or need to run a cluster of similar computers? Network booting may be the answer - we show you how. (Neil Bothwick)

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 Reviews

Mandriva 2008 vs OpenSUSE 10.3 vs Ubuntu 7.10

With three brand-new interations of major Linux distributions released just in time for Christmas, we find out which you'd prefer under the tree. (Neil Bothwick)

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Alien Arena 2007

Graham finds something to scratch the overwhelming itch in his trigger finger while waiting for the next version of Unreal Tournament to arrive. (Graham Morrison)

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dLAN Wireless extender Starter Kit

A manual is more than just a neat skateboard move - good documentation is always a pleasure to encounter! (Graham Morrison)

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CrossOver Professional 6.2

Now that it's simple to put a Windows installation inside a virtual machine on your Linux desktop, can software such as this find a reason to live? (Andy Channelle)

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OpenOffice.org 2.3

It's one of the most important Free Software projects around, yet most users don't try out the new features of each release. We ponder why... (Graham Morrison)

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Linux Podcasts

Feeling the need to hear a human voice, Andy downloads a selection of Linux Podcasts and settles down with a nice cup of tea. (Andy Hudson)

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 More

News: Whatever happened to world domination?

Schools lead where others fear to tread. Plus: Adobe looks to the online office market; Red Hat and Novell sued by IP Innovation; Novell's OpenOffice.org 'fork'; Linspire 6.0 (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Fedora turns 8

New online desktop, graphical firewall and artwork. Plus: Sidux 2007, Red Flag Linux 6.0, package versions for major distros (Ladislav Bodnar)

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What on Earth: Barcelona

Taking a break from his PC Plus and PC Format duties, hardware tweaking expert Jeremy makes his own unexpected Spanish inquisition... (Jeremy Laird)

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