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Issue 109 (September 2008) - SUSE: Back on top?

Novell's distro takes on the competition from Ubuntu and Fedora

Fix Linux problems easily: we explain what common error messages actually mean

As Microsoft halts XP sales, learn why big business is eyeing up Linux

On our 4GB DVD: OpenSUSE 11.0, Linux Mint 5.0 and 64 Studio 2.1

Tutorials on the Flock browser, Eee PC distros, Ruby on Rails and Python coding

 Features

SUSE: Back on top?

It's been in the wilderness for a while, and now it's back. But does SUSE 11 have what it takes to beat Ubuntu in the battle for your desktop? (Paul Hudson)

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Error messages explained

We decode the secret meaning behind the most common Linux error messages and help you cure the problems in the process. (Graham Morrison)

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Libre Graphics 2008

Talented artists, developers and Nick joined forces recently for the third annual graphics get-together - here's what happened. (Nick Veitch)

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Linux in business

A former Head of IT at Cray and IT Director at Symantec tells us why Microsoft is about to create thousands of new Linux users... (James Litton)

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Free music making

Instead of just writing about Linux, Daniel decided to get out there and help a local school with its IT. Here's how he got on. (Daniel James)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Distributed replicated block devices, Kickstart preseeding, and upstart boot system handling (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

Dual-booting DVD

OpenSUSE 11.0 and Linux Mint 5.0 - two fresh, hip distros. Plus: 64 Studio 2.1, Linux newcomer guides and over 50 great apps (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Psychosynth, BlueProximity, Paperbox, EiffelStudio, Wormux, NPush, TuxGuitar, BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk, YAGTD, Zile (Richard Smedley)

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 Tutorials

First steps

Explore the Flock social web browser, and get gadgets with Google Desktop (Andy Channelle)

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Eee PC: Switch your distro

Need more versatility than the stock Xandros distribution? We explain how to get a new flavour on your micro laptop. (Mike Saunders)

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Gimp: Work with your camera

Gimp can do all sorts of advanced image editing, but many people only want to do the basics. We plug in our camera and Gimp up some photos. (Michael J Hammel)

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Rails: Add Web 2.0 features

Part 2: With our gallery now covering the basics, we show you how to use cool Ajax techniques and Ruby on Rails helpers to gain instant Web 2.0 credibility. (Alex Young)

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Python: Build a GUI for Festival

Python and Qt are perfect for rapid application development - and to prove it, we make a speech synthesis GUI app with a mere 60 lines of code. (Graham Morrison)

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 Reviews

Penumbra: Black Plague

Dingy corridors? Blood-stained walls? Half-human zombies? No, Nick escapes LXF Towers for the day to immerse himself in a new 3D adventure. (Nick Veitch)

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Qnap TS-409 Turbo

Graham finds a 4TB network attached storage device to accommodate his growing collection of generative music files. (Graham Morrison)

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JBuilder 2008

In a break from the convoluted world of C++/Qt, Graham takes a refresher course in brewing coffee, and even finds time to develop some software. (Graham Morrison)

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CrossOver Linux 7

Could this be the one application that enables timid Windows users to make the switch to Linux? We load up Office 2007 and find out... (Simon Pickstock)

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Blender 2.46

Watch out VariCAD. Cinema 4D - run and hide. We're drooling over the gorgeous new render that just appeared instantly from this new build of Blender. (Ben Harling)

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Number crunchers

On test: Euler Math Toolbox, Matlab, Octave, Sage, Scilab (Will Tribbey)

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 More

News: Nokia buys Symbian

Mobile phone giant gears up for titanic struggle against Androids, Blackberries and Apples. Plus: LiPS and LiMo merge, HP opens up Tru64 AdvFS, kernel hackers sign anti-proprietary driver statement, Red Hat's financial outlook (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Great Geeko!

OpenSUSE 11.0 features a new installer, re-written Zypp software manager and cutting-edge 3D eye candy. Plus: Linux Mint 5, Zenwalk 5.2, and distro user stats (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: TimeVault

Get your Mr Fusion and flux capacitor at the ready, and join us on a time-travelling journey through the Linux filesystem... (Mike Saunders)

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