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Issue 119 (June 2009) - Work smarter!

26 tips to help you get the most from free software

Back to Slack - why Slackware is more awesome than ever

Keep track of your pennies with HomeBank

Triple-booting DVD with PCLinuxOS 2009, Mepis 8 and Zenwalk 6

Tutorials on making slideshows, exploring hidden Gimp features, VNC remote desktops and bandwidth shaping

 Features

Work smarter with Linux

We take a tour of the best, most innovative and gosh-darned coolest ways to get more productive on your Linux desktop. (Graham Morrison)

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Caveat browser

Few people like paying for content on the web, but are free services 'free'? JavaScript brings the fight for freedom to the forefront... (Paul Hudson)

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Slack to the future

It's the longest-running Linux distribution in existence, but just what is it that makes Slackware so popular among hardcore Linux fans? (Mike Saunders)

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HomeBank

Are you in charge of your money, or is your money in charge of you? Here's how to look after the pennies with HomeBank. (Shashank Sharma)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Deliver online training with Moodle, understand the structure of Debian/Ubuntu package repositories, and use those repos via proxies and mirrors. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Zeev Suraski

We talk to Zend's CTO about Zend Server, taking on Java and the approach of the long-awaited PHP 6. (Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Triple-booting DVD

PCLinuxOS 2009, Mepis 8 and Zenwalk 6. Plus: Mono 2.4, MonoDevelop 2.0, Ardour 2.8, games, newbie guides... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Python Machine, GSmartControl, MindRaider, LuckyBackup, Toy Cards, Nv@derz!, aTunes, Task Coach, UNetbootin, KMess. (Andy Hudson)

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 Tutorials

Smile: Create a slideshow

Andy whips out his pointer and shows you how to raise your slideshow delivery above the ranks of the mundane with the brilliant Smile. Plus: hosting videos on YouTube. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Enhance the interface

Gimp contains a little-known back door to some powerful layour and preset features. We pick the lock and root through the stack. (Michael J Hammel)

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FFmpeg: Clean up your music

Mayank makes up for missing South by Southwest by encoding his entire audio and video collection - and Robbie never sounded so good. (Mayank Sharma)

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OOo: Automate spreadsheets

We show you how to transform obscure raw numbers into normal spreadsheets with charts and formulas that will look good in any office. (Marco Fioretti)

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SSH and VNC: work remotely

Do you need to access your home computer while at work? We explain how SSH and VNC can do this, and keep it all secure. (Neil Bothwick)

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Trickle: Control network traffic

Learn how to control network bandwidth available to individual applications with Trickle and a very sharp, very tiny sword. (Shashank Sharma)

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 Reviews

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

We discover how Novell's latest enterprise Linux distribution is shapeshifting more and more into a Windows-like operating system. (Koen Vervloesem)

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BitDefender

There aren't many viruses on Linux, but that doesn't mean you can ignore them, as we discover with this free-as-in-beer app. (Mayank Sharma)

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CrossOver Games 7.2

Windows games are the last piece in the puzzle for many Linux users. Can CodeWeavers slay the dragon? (Andy Channelle)

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Qt Creator

The first release of the Qt toolkit under the auspices of Nokia has some excellen bonus features. (Graham Morrison)

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PCLinuxOS 2009

Can a single-CD distro produced by a tiny developer community keep up with the big boys? (Neil Bothwick)

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Orthodox file managers

On test: Krusader, EmelFM2, Gnome Commander, MuCommander, Midnight Commander, Beesoft Commander. (Mayank Sharma)

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 More

News: A new patent war?

TomTom case may embolden Microsoft to take on other FAT21 'infringers'. Also: IBM's withdraws offer for Sun; Novell releases SUSE Linux Enterprise 11; strong growth for Red Hat; Hadoop; SGI acquired. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Slack attack

Two Slackware derivatives hit the version 6.0 milestone. Plus: SimplyMepis 8, PCLinuxOS 2009.1, Xfce 4.6 released. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Metalink

We explain why there's space for one more download file format. (Paul Hudson)

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