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Issue 128 (February 2010) - Newbies start here

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Take your first steps into Linux with our hands-on guide

4GB DVD with Fedora 12 - start 2010 with the very latest Linux!

Instant projects: nine cool things you can do with Linux, in 10 minutes each

Amazon EC2: make cloud computing work for you

Tutorials on Dropbox, Gimp, Python, Grub 2 and more...

 Features

Get started with Linux

Our complete and easy guide to get you from the disc drive to the desktop as quickly as possible. (Graham Morrison)

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Chrome OS vs Ubuntu

Google Linux is finally here in the shape of Chrome OS, but how does it fare against the netbook leader, Ubuntu Netbook Remix? We put both distros through their paces... (Paul Hudson)

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Nine projects in 90 minutes

We prove just how amazingly adaptable Linux can be by delving into nine projects that should take no longer than the kettle does to boil. (Graham Morrison)

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SuperCollider: Design your own ringtones

Create sounds and music from scratch with this sonic scripting language. (Dan Stowell)

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TestDisk: The data diviner

Lost partition stolen your mojo? Here's how to get it back with TestDisk. (Mayank Sharma)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

IPv4 address exhaustion: with IPv4 addresses running out, will we finally extract our binary digits and roll out IPv6? Plus: managing hundreds of machines on heterogeneous networks with Puppet. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Jacob Kaplan-Moss

He's one of the core contributors to the Django project, and tells us about taking ideas from Rails, why clarity is good and how Vi users don't deserve to die... (Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Fedora 12

New Linux for 2010 - get running in minutes. Plus: Opera 10.10, games, KOffice 2.1 and much more... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Easy RPM Builder, Digikam, Hydrogen, KrossWordPuzzle, Kobold's Quest, Mathomatic, Shutter, PeaZip, Minitube (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Gwibber: Social networking

Here's how to manage your tweets with Gwibber and make the most of microblogging and the social web. Plus: sharing files with Dropbox. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Product design for geeks

Geek is Chic! We show how a little penguin (and a little bit of Wilber) makes for fine fashionable wear. (Michael J Hammel)

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DansGuardian: Web filter

Here how to make sure that using the internet is a safe and education experience for all the family, with a selection of open source tools. (Bob Moss)

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Grub 2: Using Super Grub Disk

Last issue's Grub tutorial was wasted on anyone running the latest version of Ubuntu. Carl makes amends with the ultimate guide to Grub 2. (Carl Fletcher)

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Clutter: Code a system monitor

Tidying up some Python code with Clutter, we take you far from the command line to a new realm of technicolour graphical possibilities. (Nick Veitch)

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Amazon EC2: Up in the cloud

Are you tired of all the hype about cloud computing? Here's proof that it's not vapourware as we explain how to run Ubuntu in the cloud. (Koen Vervloesem)

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 Reviews

Fedora 12

Putting Ubuntu aside for a moment and donning his Red Hat, Nick wishes he were a network manager all of a sudden. Will we feel the same? (Nick Veitch)

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UEx UItraEdit

The popular proprietary text editor for Windows finally comes to Linux. We wonder if it's a little too late to join the party. (Mayank Sharma)

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MythTV 0.22

After 18 months' respite from the infernal configuration of this open source PVR, Graham dives back into the lake of fire. (Graham Morrison)

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Opera 10.10

Can the browser world's perennial bridesmaid make an impact to match its quality? (Andy Channelle)

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Antivirus software

On test: AVG Free, Avira Antivir Pro, ClamAV, Sophos, ClamTk, Avast, BitDefender. (Nick Veitch)

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 More

News: Community reflected in KDE rebranding

KDE launches new brand initiative to make things less confusing. Plus: new UI for blender; Thunderbird 3 takes off; Mad Skills Motocross; Allianz drops Windows; Ulteo 2 released. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Mandriva 2010

With stability issue cast aside, could this turn out to be the best distro of the year? Plus: OpenSUSE 11.2, Fedora 12 and favourite distro survey. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: NAPI

We uncover the reason why the Linux kernel is fast becoming the de facto choice for servers on high-speed networks. (Bob Moss)

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