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Issue 105 (May 2008) - Target: Linux

Spot hackers, kill viruses, guard your network - get all you need to keep your box safe and secure online

What's the best Linux laptop? We put four to the test

Build your own fast and quiet media server without breaking the bank

On our 4GB DVD: Linux Mint 4.0 Light, a fast, friendly and fresh Ubuntu spin-off. Plus: INSERT security toolkit, alternative OS megapack, games, development tools, help guides...

Tutorials on OpenOffice.org, backups, photography, Ardour music editing, Arduino hardware hacking, LDAP

 Features

Target: Linux

Due to its widespread use on servers, Linux presents a tempting target for hackers around the world. Here's how to keep one step ahead of them... (Paul Hudson)

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Linux at the BBC

What do Strictly Come Dancing, the shipping forecast and open source have in common? They're all big at the BBC. (Alex Singleton)

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Linux on laptops

We test four Linux-powered laptops to find out whether it's better to buy the OS with the machine, or install it yourself. (John Brandon)

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Build a media server

Jack retreats into the shed with some old hardware and an Ubuntu install CD - and comes back out with a home-made media server! (Jack Summerfield)

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Microsoft and open source

Linux vs Vista and Windows is not a fair fight. We dissect the propaganda that Microsoft is using in its battle to retain its dominance. (Richard Hillesley)

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 Coverdisc

Linux Mint 4.0

A fast, fresh and fun distro, based on Ubuntu. Plus: INSERT security toolkit, alternative OS megapack, Slax mini distro, games, newbie guides and much more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Cell Writer, Frink, GCompris, Hedgewars, Hotwire, KDelicious, PCMan File Manager, PTheremin, X-Moto, XPN (Richard Smedley)

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 Tutorials

OpenOffice.org: Save time with templates

Are you really making the most of options available in OpenOffice.org? We take you beyond the 20% of OOo that most people use. (Andy Channelle)

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Backups: simple data insurance

If you want more reliable backups, you need an offsite backup process that happens no matter how absent-minded you are. (Juliet Kemp)

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Photography: The Linux studio

Part 4: In the last of this series, we uncover command line tricks for image processing, and introduce the wonderful world of HDR. (Dale Strickland-Clark)

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Ardour: Be the music master

Part 4: We finish this series with a look at finalising your recording sessions using Jamin. (Daniel James)

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Arduino: Add a score counter

Part 3: Before we move on to other hackery, we've got a project to finish. Let's complete our Simon-like game by adding a score indicator. (Graham Morrison)

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LDAP: Remote /home access

We build on the LDAP authentication created last issue to provide secure access to your home directory from anywhere in the world/office. (Chris Brown)

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 Reviews

Zepto Znote 3215W

If you find the 800x480 screen resolution of the Eee PC a little restrictive, here's a full-size alternative for a little more cash. (Graham Morrison)

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Omnis Studio 4.3

Is this the cross-platform RAD of Mark's dreams? Maybe, but only if he's eaten a lot of cheese before bedtime. (Mark Bain)

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Eschalon: Book I

Fortunately for us, Graham grew up in the 1980s and can remember the days when games like this were commonplace. (Graham Morrison)

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Bush TR2015WIFI

Is the internet the new wireless (radio)? Have a look and listen... (Leo Maxwell)

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StreamMyGame

Not content with reviewing Linux games, Graham finds a way to use his Windows PC with a clear conscience. (Graham Morrison)

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Celestia 1.5

Explore the known universe without leaving the comfort of your own home. Nick may be sitting on the sofa, but he's looking at the stars... (Nick Veitch)

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Alternative OSes

Discover a world neyond Linux. Rated: Aranym, Aros, Haiku, KolibriOS, ReactOS, Syllable (Mike Saunders)

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 More

News: Google buys a round

Search giant funds CodeWeavers to develop Wine support for Photoshop CS2. Plus: Thunderbird 3 alpha, Elonex One, Chumby, UndoDB updates, VMware ESX 3i, Novell buys PlateSpin (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Feel the Fed

Fedora 9, now with KDE 4, partition resizing and encryption, and new package management options. Plus: Parsix GNU/Linux 1.0, Slax 6.0, GoblinX 2.6, versions of Enlightenment in distros. (Ladislav Bodnar)

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What on Earth: HTML 5

Graham puts on his secret Spider-Man costume and swings through the next standard for the world wide web. (Graham Morrison)

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