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Issue 125 (December 2009) - Remix Linux

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From newbies to gurus, everyone can make their distro better! We show you how with Ubuntu, SUSE Studio, Linux From Scratch and Arch Linux

Set up virtual machines in Ubuntu Jaunty with ease

Home accounts - can KMyMoney crack the credit crunch once and for all?

On the 4GB DVD: Slackware 13.0 - classic distro full to the brim with simplicity, stability and speed. Plus: Linux remix pack, Haiku OS, games, podcasts and more

Tutorials on APT package management, video editing, Gimp, Python coding and more

 Features

Remix Linux

Break away from the mainstream - we show you how to tailor Linux for your own purposes. (Bob Moss)

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Serve pages at the speed of Lighttpd

Lighttpd is a fast, lightweight alternative to Apache designed for high-traffic sites. It's also a doddle to set up, as we explain. (Juliet Kemp)

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Generate choons with Chuck

Tired of the same old music in the charts, we create our own music from a series of pseudo random numbers. (Graham Morrison)

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Virtualise the easy way

There's a huge amount of literature out there on virtualisation, but really all you need is KVM, Qemu and our guide. (Chris Brown)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Maximise uptime with KSplice - keep servers busy and save upgrade hassle. Plus: access control lists (ACLs) and setuid. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Jim Zemlin

The Linux Foundation's executive director talks kernel code, collaboration and why Microsoft isn't all bad. (Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Slackware 13.0

Classic distro with speed, simplicity and security. Plus: Zenwalk 6.2, Linux remix kit (Linux From Scratch and Ark Linux), Haiku OS, Gambas, games, podcasts and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Bilbo, ClamTK, FinalPage, Areca, BMTG3, CloneRNX, Choqok, TuxPaint, KDESvn, KAlternatives (Andy Hudson)

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 Tutorials

Security: control user privileges

It's good to protect your files from external threats, but we've identified a bigger risk factor for your data... your family! Plus: updates with APT. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Sin City style

Our art guru goes all Frank Miller in this month's rainy, grainy Gimp graphics tutorial. One day a real rain's gonna come... (Michael J Hammel)

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Kdenlive: Refine your edit

Part 2: Join Andy as he walks you through editing with Kdenlive, selecting, cutting and processing content to create a short film. (Andy Channelle)

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BackupPC: Get backups sorted

Part 12: Making backups is boring, but we show you how a server can take the pain out of the process with just a few lines of code. (Neil Bothwick)

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Python: Mount a Google drive

On-demand document conversion with the Frankenstein's monster-esque mix of Google Docs, Python and Fuse. (Nick Veitch)

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Perl: Record Freeview TV

User Perl to automate your TV recording. We show you how to create a multi-tuner TV recorder the easy way. (Steve Price)

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 Reviews

Slackware 13.0

Which distro was forged in the mists of time and still manages to stay relevant today? (Nick Veitch)

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Parallels Desktop 4

Like any virtualisation connoisseur, Mayank was all excited by the release of Parallels Linux client. But then he installed it... (Mayank Sharma)

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Nero 4.0

Graham blows the dust off his disc burner to give the latest commercial tool a spin, and it's music to his ears. (Graham Morrison)

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YDL on a Stick

Graham takes five minutes out from raining destruction on the Helghast in Killzone 2 to try out the latest Yellow Dog on his PlayStation 3. (Graham Morrison)

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KMyMoney 1.0

Struggling to keep pace with the constant barrage of transactions, we look at an app that promises to balance the books. (Mayank Sharma)

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Zend Studio 7.0

Why develop your PHP code using Gedit when Zend Studio has so many features? We count the ways... (Paul Hudson)

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Collection managers

On test: Data Crow, GCStar, Moll, StuffKeeper, Tellico. (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: Citrix takes Xen into the Linux Foundation

Free software virtualisation looks to the cloud for continued growth. Also: Open Invention Network buys patents previously owned by Microsoft; Shuttle builds iMac-like webtop; Novell financial results; CodePlex Foundation; Nokia N900; Ubuntu Lucid Lynx an (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Take control with Arch Linux

Has combining customisability with ease created the arch-enemy of the pre-built distro? Plus: SAM Linux, Linux From Scratch and Mono-free distros. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Telepathy

We explain how all the pieces of your desktop - and indeed anybody else's for that matter - can talk to each other in real time. (Marco Fioretti)

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