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Issue 114 (January 2009) - Put Linux in your pocket

Speed and portability combine - take your whole Linux desktop anywhere on a USB stick

Ubuntu megapack: exclusive enhanced version with 600 extra packages (KDE, Xfce, and more) on our DVD. Plus 64-bit and Alternate versions!

Banish your daemons - speed up your box by removing unneeded background processes

The state of free software as told by RMS, Michael Meeks and Greg Kroah-Hartman

Tutorials on Scribus, Gimp, Seq24, running a web server, Python games programming and advanced Bash

 Features

Linux in your pocket

Install Linux on a USB flash drive and take your own system wherever you go - it's easy! (Paul Hudson)

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Banish your daemons

They're quiet, unobtrusive and running in the background on your machine. We show you how to remove unneeded daemons and speed up your boot time. (Graham Morrison)

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Free the DJ

We put our vinyl collection back into the attic and head to the dancefloor with a laptop and some free software goodness. (Daniel James)

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The state of free software

Twenty years on from the birth of GNU, we pick the brains of three wise men and find the path to freedom. (Graham Morrison)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Predict hard disk failure with Smart, understand fstab, and secure your data with ecryptfs. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Ross Anderson

We know there are bad guys trying to get on your box and good guys trying to stop them. But who watches the watchmen? This man. (Daniel James)

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 Coverdisc

Ubuntu 8.10 megapack

Exclusive LXF edition with 600 extra packages (KDE, Xfce, development tools and more). Plus: 64-bit and Alternate ISOs, Fedora 9 Live, home accounting apps... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Ananta Gazelle, Apache SQL Analyser, FastDup, Fotoxx, Gambas, Gambatte, Joe, PhpMyAdmin, UCK, Vacuum Magic. (Paul Hudson)

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 Tutorials

First steps

Get chatting online with the Pidgin instant messenger, and make your own greeting cards using Scribus. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Speedy colour fixes

Smile big and show your colours as we guide you through quick colour fixes for your photos. (Michael J Hammel)

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Seq24: Play with MIDI sounds

If you've listened to the Clockwork Orange soundtrack and thought "I can do that", you're absolutely right - we show you how. (Daniel James)

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Apache: Set up a web server

Part 1: A new tutorial series for everyone who likes fiddling with wires and connections. That's all of us then! (Neil Bothwick)

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Coding: Tower of Hanoi

Part 3: In the final installment in this series, we pull together all the coding tricks we've learnt for a reader-suggested project. (Mike Saunders)

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Bash: Do more with the shell

If you're a power Linux user, you probably spend a lot of time in the Bash shell. We show you how to make your command-line life easier and more efficient with custom Bash autocompletion. (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

Mandriva 2009

We ask whether this 10-year-old distro does enough to survive for another decade. (Graham Morrison)

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Ubuntu 8.10

Canonical continues to create cute, contrived alliterative names for its distro releases. We examine whether the latest version is truly Intrepid. (Neil Bothwick)

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Boston 2300GP

Closet folk-lite fan Graham was never a fan of The Corrs until they started to come in the 4xQuad variety. (Graham Morrison)

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OpenOffice.org 3.0

It's a big new launch, but do the features match up? More to the point, is it still deathly slow? (Simon Pickstock)

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Gimp 2.6

Graham very much doubts that version 3 of this flagship free software application will be released during the lifetime of his pet turtle. (Graham Morrison)

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Personal finance apps

Rated: GnuCash, Moneydance, KMyMoney2, Buddi, Grisbi, JGnash (Andy Channelle)

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 More

News: Fixstars buys Terrasoft

Yellow Dog distribution and PS3 Linux safe after buyout. Also: 2009 Linux shipments may outstrip Windows; Amazon brings OLPC donation scheme to Europe; supercomputer upgrade for CSC; Yoggie firewalls; BitDefender gets a GUI. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Mandriva 2009 is here.

Plus: OpenSUSE 11.1 incoming, BSDanywhere, distro installation methods. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Google App Engine

Everyone's search engine-cum internet overlord is up to new tricks... (Paul Hudson)

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