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Issue 111 (November 2008) - MythTV: the answer!

Record TV, surf the web, browse your photos and play games - all from the comfort of your sofa

30 days with Haiku: how is Linux's friendly competition progressing?

Learn how to compile software the easy way with our step-by-step guide

On the 4GB DVD: get a killer home entertainment system with Mythbuntu, and sample the latest distro development snapshots (VirtualBox included). Plus: Axigen mail server worth 150 Euros!

Tutorials on dual-booting with Vista, mastering Gimp selection tools, syncing your calendar and tracking your network with Nagios

 Features

MythTV: the answer!

As a home media app, MythTV is beyond match. Unfortunately it's also a nightmare to configure - but we have the solution. (Graham Morrison)

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30 days with Haiku

An open source BeOS clone looking to take on the desktop: will it give Linux some friendly competition? We find out. (Graham Morrison)

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The girlfriend test

A freelance scientist subjects Linux to the most exacting usability test yet devised: his girlfriend, Erin. (Alistair Roche)

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Compiling made easy

There's a new version of your favourite program available, but no packages for your distro. What do you do? Compile its source code, of course! (Mike Saunders)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Virtual appliances: use pre-configured virtual machine images with JumpBox. Plus: Bonnie++ and VMware (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Carl Worth

He's a Cairo developer and has spent six years of his life working on the vector graphics toolkit. He tells us why things are starting to get really interesting... (Nick Veitch)

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 Coverdisc

Mythbuntu and distro preview kit

Get a first-class home entertainment system, and try the Linux tech of tomorrow with our distro preview pack. Plus: Axigen mail server worth 150 Euros, Antix, Eternal Lands and much more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Aria 2, Brain Workshop, Diet Monger Ass Kicker, GNUjump, KleanSweep, Luke-SDK, NCFTP, Urssus (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

GDesklets and dual booting

We look at Gnome's equivalent of OS X's Dashboard, and show you how to dual-boot with Vista if you're not ready to ditch Microsoft completely. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Know your selections

Everyone knows selections, right? But how well do you really know them? This month, we get tricky with some awkward images. (Michael J Hammel)

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Multimedia: HDR and DigiKam

We kick off a multimedia tips series with news from DigiKam, the Icecast music server, LMMS and a cute time-waster from Blender. (Marco Fioretti)

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Calendars: Sync with your phone

So much to do, so much to forget. We show you how to stay organised by syncing your desktop calendar to your mobile phone. (Simon Pickstock)

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Nagios: Monitor your network

While Big Brother is monitoring your every move, Juliet shows how you can pay similar attention to your networked machines, with Nagios. (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

KDE 4.1

The initial KDE 4.0 release was too little, too early in Nick's book. Can version 4.1 redeem the Kool Desktop Environment? (Nick Veitch)

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Ankh: Heart of Osiris

We find Assil's adventures in ancient Egypt all a bit of a puzzle, and not in a good way. In a really frustrating, confusing way actually. (Simon Pickstock)

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Synology DS207+

We look at the latest Linux-based NAS - all glowing lights, black plastic control panel and white casing. Did someone say 80s? (Graham Morrison)

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Opera 9.5

A change is as good as a rest, or so they say. Simon finds swapping Firefox for Opera a refreshingly relaxing experience. (Simon Pickstock)

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SlickEdit 2008

After forking out more than £150, Graham discovers that there's more to slick editing than a tub of Brylcreem and a copy of Vim. (Graham Morrison)

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Getting things done

On test: Basket, Chandler, Emacs Org-mode, GTD-Free, Kontact, MonkeyGTD, ThinkingRock, Tracks (Marco Fioretti)

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 More

News: Microsoft ups Novell deal

SUSE support vouchers prove popular with MS customers. Plus: Android edges closer to commercial reality; Canonical joins the Linux Foundation; Freespire lives on; IBM pushes Microsoft-free computing; more netbooks on the way (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Debian 4.0r4

Etch-and-a-half interim release supports newer hardware and features Linux 2.6.24. Plus: CCux 0.9.9, Musix GNU+Linux. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: DjVu

Here's the format that can save all our scrolls and movie posters... (Marco Fioretti)

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