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Issue 107 (July 2008) - Desktop revolution!

Get the perfect Gnome, KDE or Xfce desktop: smashing icons, funky widgets and Compiz magic

Explore the history of hackers, looking back at the early pioneer coders

Get comfy in the server room with our new admin section

On our 4GB DVD: a special, enhanced version of Ubuntu 8.04 with Gnome, KDE, Xfce and more. Plus: Mandriva One 2008 Spring

Tutorials on adding software to the Eee PC, using textures in Gimp, mastering Inkscape, building a light sensor and grok the kernel

 Features

Desktop paradise

Had it with Human? Bored with blue? We'll guide you to form and function on the Linux desktop, whether you run KDE, Gnome or Xfce. (Graham Morrison)

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Linux Format Reader Awards 2008

The UK's only reader-voted free software awards are back! This is the nomination stage. (Paul Hudson)

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Hackers in the beginning

The world of hacking didn't just materialise out of thin air. We look back to reveal where it came from, where it's at and where we're going. (Richard Hillesley)

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20 Indispensible apps

If you're new to Linux, you'll be amazed by the wealth of free software included in your distro by default - and you'll be even more amazed when you realise that there's even more out there. (John Brandon)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Esoteric system administration goodness from the impenetrable bowels of the server room. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Rob Savoye

Adobe spent ten years making Flash, but it took Rob Savoye 1/10th that time. We speak to a coding maestro... (Mike Saunders, Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Ubuntu 8.04 and Mandriva One 2008 Spring

Special LXF version of Ubuntu with Gnome, KDE, Xfce and more rolled into one! Plus Mandriva, games, newbie guides, development tools... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Chandler, SoundConverter, Super Grub Disk, Xmonad, Risk, QTads, Rootz, PictureFlow, Wammu, WordPress (Richard Smedley)

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 Tutorials

KDE: Customise your desktop and configure Konqueror

Andy puts some finishing touches to his personal desktop space, and shows you how to make KDE's combined file/web browser more usable. (Andy Channelle)

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Eee PC: Install extra apps

Part 1: We explain how to turn your Eee PC into a perfect mini Linux workstation, by adding extra software to the default installation. (Mike Saunders)

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Gimp: add shade and texture

In the days before instant messaging, people sent letters and sealed them with stamped wax. We show you how to digitise your wax seals. (Michael J Hammel)

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Inkscape: What's new in 0.46?

Inkscape 0.46 is a massive improvement of the popular vector graphics editor. We look at the whys and wherefores of great gradients. (Dmitry Kirsanov)

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Arduino: An LED light meter

In the final part of our series, we look at building a light sensor. (Graham Morrison)

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Kernel: Modules in a nutshell

It's the indispensable bit of software at the centre of your machine, but what does the kernel actually do? We crack it open and take a peek inside. (Chris Brown)

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 Reviews

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Will this new long-term support release from Canonical be hardy enough to withstand the LXF test fest? (Andy Hudson)

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Axigen 6.0

Ever wanted to set up a mail server on Linux but been frightened off by arcane commands and config files? Here's a pain-free alternative. (Chris Brown)

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Mandriva 2008.1

Could 2008 be the year that Mandriva gloriously re-establishes itself as the premier user friendly Linux distro? (Nick Veitch)

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Neuros OSD

If you're looking for an open source home media player that isn't called MythTV, this might be the solution. (Graham Morrison)

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CrossOver Games 7.0

Codeweavers' CrossOver is no longer a prosaic office productivity enhancer. Here's the first release designed to play games. (Graham Morrison)

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Note takers

On test: Basket, KnowIt, NoteCase, Tomboy, TuxCards, Zim (Mike Saunders)

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 More

News: Record migration in Brazil

52 million kids sit down to KDE desktops. Plus: VMware and green computing, Penumbra: Black Plague, SCO in court, RealBasic 2008 r2, Linux in Kenya (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Hardy Heron

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is here with virtualisation, Gnome 2.22, new default applications, the Wubi installer and more. Plus: Ulteo Application System, Slitaz GNU/Linux 1.0, Ubuntu variants (Ladislav Bodnar)

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