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Issue 130 (April 2010) - Linux Works

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Whether it's a home office or a megacorp, Linux can save your organisation money!

SELinux 101 - Make a few quick changes and keep safe from hackers

Audio explained - Perplexed by PulseAudio? You're not alone. We explain all

On the 4GB DVD: distro powerpack with 8 super-fast Linux flavours. Plus: Mythbuntu, Firefox 3.6, KDE 4.4, and 700 Linux problems solved

Tutorials on using the command line, apt-get, gLabels, Python coding, virtualisation...

 Features

Linux Works

IT managers! Stop spending a fortune on licences and support and switch your office to free software... (Graham Morrison)

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Free vs Open: What's the difference?

Free as in freedom, libre, open source and all that stuff. Here's the LXF Editor's view... (Paul Hudson)

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10 years of LXF

We cast our hive mind back 10 years to see just how much Linux Format has changed since it launched in the days of Slackware 7 and Debian Slink. (Paul Hudson)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Virtual classrooms: the doctor reports on his own experience with two competing technologies. Plus: Minix, and processes demystified. (Chris Brown)

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Linux audio uncovered

We dig to the centre of the Linux kernel to uncover why sound can be so... unsound. (Graham Morrison)

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Interview: Søren Hansen

He's the man behind Ubuntu's push towards cloud computing. We asked him what it feels like for Canonical to be innovating for once... (Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Distro powerpack

8 blisteringly fast Linux flavours. Plus: Mythbuntu, Firefox 3.6, KDE 4.4, retro antics with Red Hat 6.0, games, podcasts and over 700 Linux problems solved (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Gramps, Tea, Liferea, Fox, Hop, Font Manager, Iotop, Darktable, FreedroidRPG, Freeforth, Highlight (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

CLI: Work on the command line

There's no need to be scared of the command line - we take the terror away from text mode and reveal awesome power. Plus: managing users and groups. (Andy Channelle)

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gLabels: Make wine look fine

Little ol' wine dinker Mo saves cash, brews a tasty beverage and decorates the fruit of his labours with some simple free software. (Mo Awkati)

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apt-get: Master your packages

Ever wanted a one-stop place to do your package management and the associated housekeeping? We explain how. (Andy Hudson)

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SELinux: Guard your system

Here's how to lock down your Linux system without the added security hindering you as you go about those all-important day-to-day tasks. (Bob Moss)

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Python: Stream video

Combine the video power of GStreamer with the graphical cunning of Clutter and you get what is officially known as 'neat stuff'. (Nick Veitch)

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Android: Next steps

In the second part of our two-part series on coding for the Android platform, we explain how to improve your app and publish it to the world. (Juliet Kemp)

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OpenVZ: Fast virtualisation

Ignoring virtualisation because of the overhead? Here's a way that's incredibly quick and doesn't require any special hardware. (Mayank Sharma)

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 Reviews

Mad Skills Motocross

Should games be a nice comfortable easy ride, or so hard you want to bite off your own bottom lip? We would definitely prefer the former. (Alex Cox)

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Digikam 1.0

Can 'free' compete with Adobe's and Apple's wallet-busting pro photography packages? Andy grabs a horribly expensive camera to find out. (Andy Channelle)

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Mandriva InstantOn

Mandriva releases a stripped-down instant-on solution, but we're left wondering whether less really is more or actually just... less. (Bob Moss)

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Pardus 2009.1

A government-endorsed Linux distro? Yes, and it's actually rather good, despite the lack of English documentation. (Nick Veitch)

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Muse 1.0.1

An established composition app reaches a milestone, but competition in this space is hotting up. Can Muse maintain its tempo? (Daniel James)

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TonidoPlug

And entire Linux-baseed server within a tiny plastic plug, you say? An eager Andy wires himself up to the mains to find out more. (Andy Hudson)

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Tiny distros

On test: Damn Small Linux, CrunchBang, Lubuntu, Puppy Linux, Slitaz, Tiny Core, Unity, VectorLinux (Nick Veitch)

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 More

News: Leading Ubuntu into a choppy sea of change

Open source champion Matt Asay bags one of the most important jobs in OSS. Plus: Oracle competes Sun acquisition, KDE gets social network integration, Pandora launches handheld console, the Linux Fund Card. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Zorin OS 2.0

Get a distro that looks like Windows but is faster and more customisable. Plus: Sidux 2009-04, BlackPanther OS, Linux netbooks at CES (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: MicroXwin

This new and snappy windowing system could be music to the ears of embedded Linux developers... (Marco Fioretti)

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