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Issue 116 (March 2009) - The KDE issue

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26 proven tips and tricks to make KDE better than ever!

Spice up your LUG - inject more fun into Linux meetups

Create ultra-reliable DVD backups to keep your data safe

On your 4GB DVD: OpenSUSE 11.1 - refined and refreshed distro. Plus Linux Mint 6 and Slackware 12.2

Tutorials on OpenOffice.org Impress, tuning the Aspire One interface, Gimp text effects, data recovery, media sharing and Git

 Features

Get the best from KDE 4

The koolest desktop in the world has found its stride. We unlock our 26 tips and insights for getting the most from KDE. (Graham Morrison)

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The tragedy of the commons

The Creative Commons is full of potential for artists everywhere - so why is most of it untapped? Let's find out... (Marco Fioretti)

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DVDisaster

Here's a magic way to keep your backup DVDs safe even after your kids have used them as frisbees. (Shashank Sharma)

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Spice up your LUG

Sick of occasional mailings and bi-monthly visits to the pub? Then regenerate your tired old Linux User Group with these golden rules. (Graham Morrison)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

USB authentication with YubiKey; making sense of DNS with Dig; the ext3cow filesystem. (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

OpenSUSE 11.1

Refined and refreshed - the best OpenSUSE yet. Also: Linux Mint 6, Slackware 12.2, development tools, games and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Editra, Parted Magic, Tiny Core Linux, Secret Maryo Chronicles, Goblin Hack, Smuxi, Gwibber, BZFlag, LMMS. (Andy Hudson)

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 Tutorials

First steps

Create engaging slideshows with Impress and make ringtones using Audacity. (Andy Channelle)

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Acer Aspire One

Fine-tune your desktop interface to uncover the Xfce beauty beneath. (Andrew Gregory)

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Gimp text effects

With a blur, a colourise and some guides, our expert uses digital aging to add style and credits to the wine bottle project. (Michael J Hammel)

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Recovery: When data goes bad

If you've lost some important data, don't panic: just make a cup of tea, heed the advice of our ninja sysadmin and have faith. (Juliet Kemp)

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Media: Serve your files

Part 3: Share your media. We show you how to set up a central media server and your own radio station. (Neil Bothwick)

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Git: Versioning for the masses

What can the creator of Linux do to software versioning? He can make it simple and at the same time completely confusing. (Dan Frost)

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 Reviews

Popcorn Hour A-110

Graham sites down in front of his television with some corn kernels and sixty minutes to spare. (Graham Morrison)

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OpenSUSE 11.1

We investigate how the latest green machine from the OpenSUSE team stacks up against the stiff competition. (Neil Bothwick)

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CrunchBang Linux 8.10.01

Is this CrunchBang by name, CrunchBang by nature? (Andy Hudson)

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Writer's Cafe 2

Can software make you a better writer? We put this package to the test... (Andy Channelle)

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My Tribe

Alex takes his rightful place as the deity of a tribe of cutesy castaways and returns after a week to find them replaced with cutesy gravestones. (Alex Cox)

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Project planners

On test: GanttProkect, KPlato, OpenProj, Planner, TaskJuggler. (Marco Fioretti)

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 More

News: Next gen netbooks

New technologies could lead to even more users on Facebook. Also covered: OLPC drops Linux; Red Hat bucks economic trends; HyperSpace Instant On; Bordeaux Wine variant; Sun buys Q-Layer; FreeBSD 7.1; FreeSwitch. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: OpenSUSE 11.1

The new release from Novell and the community. Plus: Slackware 12.2, Linux Mint 6.0, favourite distro stats. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: UDP

We explain how changes to networking protocols could make BitTorrent smarter - or the rest of the internet slower. (Paul Hudson)

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