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Issue 121 (August 2009) - Pick the perfect netbook

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8 low-cost, Linux-ready laptops tested - find the best one for you!

Linux meets Mac: put your Linux skills to use on OS X

OpenOffice.org 3.1 reviewed - end of the road for Word?

On the 4GB DVD: Linux Mint 7 - innovative Ubuntu spin-off. Plus: Ulteo, OpenSolaris 2009.06 and much more

Tutorials on music serving, Gimp, OpenOffice.org, Python programming, server security...

 Features

Pick the perfect netbook

We locked Mike in a room with eight netbooks, a week's supply of oxygen and one mission: to find the ideal machine for every type of user. (Mike Saunders)

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Mac OS X and Linux

We delve deep behind the gloss of OS X and find that Macs and Linux have a lot in common. (Juliet Kemp)

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Sox: Hack your audio files

Learn how to perform surgery on your audio files with Sox, the versatile command line sound processor. (Shashank Sharma)

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Benchmarking and profiling

Sometimes your code is annoyingly slow. Here's how to identify why using the dark art of benchmarking. (Juliet Kemp)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Take the pain out of joining your Linux server to an Active Directory domain with Likewise Open. Also: SSH security tips and Wireshark. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Michael Simms

He heads both Linux Game Publishing and Tux Games. That means you have him to thank for bringing X3, Cold War and more to your desktop. (Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

Linux Mint 7

Fresh and innovative Ubuntu spin-off. Plus: Ulteo OVD, OpenSolaris 2009.06, OpenOffice.org 3.1, VirtualBox 2.2.4 and more... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Flush, Ubuntu Tweak, Gnome Schedule, Cactus Jukebox, Atomic Worm, SuperTuxKart, Gentoo, BoPlanets, Geeqie (Andy Hudson)

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 Tutorials

Sockso: build a music server

Tired of having to transfer music around? Here's how to create a personal music server so you can listen to your tunes anywhere. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Create a fire goddess

Our graphics guru continues his journey on the fickle wings of inspiration this month. He invites you to fire up Gimp and join him on his travels. (Michael J Hammel)

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OOo: Automate your work

We reveal how to create a slew of OpenDocument invoices and multiple choice tests automatically to save you from monotonous chores. (Marco Fioretti)

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Mail server: Get rid of spam

Part 8: Complete your mail server setup with Postfix, and filter out spam and viruses in the process. (Neil Bothwick)

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Python: Create a chatbot

Part 2: Think like could be better? It really could if you follow our advice and create a chatbot to do your bidding. (Nick Veitch)

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Security: Protect your server

We show you how to manage your ports, deal with vulnerabilities and stop crackers from taking advantage of your server. (Martin Meredith)

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 Reviews

GP2X Wiz

We get misty-eyed with nostalgia, with this super-geeky console and arcade emulation platform. (Simon Pickstock)

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Kdenlive 0.7.3

Video editing has become a de rigeur computing task, so we look at whether Linux can keep up with iMovie and Windows Movie Maker... (Andy Channelle)

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Ulteo OVD 1.0

Gael Duval's latest effort, Open Virtual Desktop, provides a virtual desktop in a browser. Can it live up to its pedigree? (Mayank Sharma)

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Jets'n'Guns Gold

Faster, kill, faster, upgrade, kill, bomb, maim, injure. Nick relieves the stress of the supermarket with some old-fashioned entertainment. (Nick Veitch)

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EnergyXT 2.5

Modular music composition is just another excuse for serial sonic sorcerer Graham to have several tracks on the go at once. (Graham Morrison)

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OpenOffice.org 3.1

Despite an uncertain future, the present is looking good for this prominent productivity suite. We take a peek at its recent progress... (Andy Channelle)

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 More

News: Microsoft joins Linux Foundation

Unlikely bedfellows get together to battle warranty charges. Also: Red Hat and Ingres go on the offensive against Sun's Oracle purchase; Mandriva Click 'N Backup; Do This Now; Red Hat challenges Swiss government MS deal; Intel debuts Moblin 2. (Andy Channelle)

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News: News extra: Yahoo Hack Day 2009

Code, caffeine and beanbags aplenty at Yahoo's 24-hour programming fest... (Mike Saunders)

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Distrowatch: Mandriva 2009.1

The spring version of this beginner-friendly distro brings some seasonal excitement. Plus: SliTaz GNU/Linux, future hardware choices. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: APML

A novel way to let websites know what interests you. (Marco Fioretti)

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