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Issue 108 (August 2008) - Linux on everything

Got a gadget and want to have some fun? Install Linux on your Sony PSP, PlayStation 3, PDA, Nintendo DS, Xbox and more...

Make the most of your sound card with our ALSA tips and tricks

Want a huge Linux cluster all to yourself? We explore Amazon's Compute Cloud

On our 4GB DVD: Fedora 9, a complete, cutting-edge distro. Plus: Linux flavours for the DS, Eee, Xbox...

Tutorials on adding a new distro to the Eee PC, working with Gimp layers, grokking Ruby on Rails and writing an RSS speech synthesiser

 Features

Linux on everything

Control your world by installing Linux on our video game consoles, set-top boxes, wireless router, and just about anything that has an LCD screen... (John Brandon)

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ALSA: Advanced tips and tricks

Go deep into the sound system on your Linux machine and get the best from the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. (Daniel James)

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Amazon's Compute Cloud

Want your own personal, huge Linux cluster to throw your worst and most exciting problems at? Big computing is now really cheap... (Dan Frost)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

An intro to Posix, keeping your passwords safe and using AppArmor (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Keith Packard

He's been hacking on the X Window System for over 20 years, but he's still excited about the future of Linux's GUI foundations. (Mike Saunders, Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Fedora 9

Get the very latest Linux - over 2,000 packages! Plus: desktop apps, development tools, newbie guides and games. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Liferea, Qtractor, Strasheela, Endeavour II, Word War Vi, Cave9, ColorExplorer, TuxType, When, DelSafe (Richard Smedley)

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 Tutorials

First steps

Redirect your Gmail messages with POP or IMAP, and organise your life using Tomboy and Tasque (Andy Channelle)

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Eee PC: Add a new distro

Your Eee isn't limited to a single distribution. We show you how to install another Linux flavour and back up your files. (Mike Saunders)

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Gimp: Work with layers

Like Photoshop, the key to Gimp lies in mastering layers. We show you how layer rotations are the cogs to your next project. (Michael J Hammel)

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Problem solving: basic principles

With computers, there's always a brand new problem round the corner - so here are a few simple techniques to get to grips with anything. (Juliet Kemp)

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Rails: Build a photo album

Confounded by C? Perplexed by Perl? We show you how quick and easy it is to get started with Ruby on Rails. (Alex Young)

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Speaking RSS feeds

The world-wide web can talk to you! Use a simple Python script and the Festival speech synthesiser to vocalise RSS news feeds. (Graham Morrison)

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 Reviews

Fedora 9

Still showing the rest of the free world how things should be done, Fedora 9 scores a hit. (Nick Veitch)

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The Amazing Brain Train

Mike has suffered many bad experiences with train delays. Will this brain-bending cutefest make him feel any better? (Mike Saunders)

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Qt 4.4 Open Source Edition

The commercial licence costs thousands in anyone's currency. We examine the GPL version that provides the same code for free... (Graham Morrison)

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Picasa for Linux 2.7

How can you get images from just about any digital camera, perform tweaks and organise them efficiently? (Dale Strickland-Clark)

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Inkscape 0.46

Fashions are fickle in the graphics world; after the ascendancy of the bitmap, vectors are jazzy once again. We witness a rebirth of cool. (Andy Channelle)

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Download managers

Rated: Aria2, Curl, Downloader for X, GWget, KGet, Wget, WXDownload Fast (Graham Morrison)

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 More

News: Asus and Splashtop plan

Motherboard-with-Linux plan will push out one million Linux installations per month. Plus: more Eee competition from Dell and MSI, 2X Application Server, new OLPC prototype, Banshee 1.0, Novell's great Linux sales leap, Microsoft adopts ODS (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Slackware at 15

We wish the distro daddy many happy returns as it celebrates its 15th birthday at version 12.1. Plus: Antis (Mini Mepis), Puppy Linux 4.0, GPL violating distros (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: T2

It's just like Gentoo, except it's not. Get your meta on... (Paul Hudson)

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