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Issue 131 (May 2010) - Linux exposed

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Discover what makes your box tick, then put it to the test yourself!

ClamAV - get fast, free anti-virus that protects Windows and Linux

New releases: KDE 4.4 and OpenOffice.org 3.2 reviewed

Nano now: try the command-line text editor anyone can use

On the 4GB DVD: Linux beginner's kit with Ubuntu 9.10 and 212-page on-disc book. Plus: KDE 4.4 Live, OpenOffice.org 3.2, Linux From Scratch, 700 Linux problems solved and more

Tutorials on DOSBox, TaskJuggler, Python, Boxee, Cygwin...

 Features

Linux exposed

Have you ever wondered what exactly DCOP is, or where your drivers are hidden? Join us on a journey to the centre of your Linux box and discover the answers. (Graham Morrison)

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Cygwin and MSYS

The important thing to remember about Windows users is that it is not all their fault. Join our mission to bring them back to the light - tell them about Cygwin and MSYS. (Mark Bain)

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Nano: The third way

Hate Vi's terseness or the Emacs key combinations? We introduce Nano, a text editor that packs a lot of punch for its diminutive size. (Mike Saunders)

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ClamAV: Set up antivirus

We continue the security theme by showing you how to keep your Linux system free from viruses and malware. (Bob Moss)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

BOINC project - If your computer's sitting idle, donate your spare CPU cycles to worthy causes. Plus: a quick guide to RPM, and understanding signals. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Nicolas Roy

How do you explore somewhere that's too dangerous, cold or remote for humans to go? We ask the man who knows... (Anton Borisov)

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 Coverdisc

Linux Beginner's Kit

Complete getting-started pack with Ubuntu 9.10 and a 121-page on-disc guide. Plus: KDE 4.4 Live, OpenOffice.org 3.2, Xubuntu 9.10, Linux From Scratch 6.6, Bluefish 2.0, podcasts, games and 700 problems solved. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

QMotion, Fubar, PCI Utilities, Electric, Gnumeric, XSensors, Worker, Turious, Kajongg, Jailkit, Florence (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Look and feel: Desktop tweaks

You deserve a good-looking desktop on your computer. We run through the configuration options available to KDE and Gnome users. (Andy Channelle)

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Boxee: Watch more television

Uncover the whys and wherefores of Boxee - media streaming for the social networking generation. (Mark Nassal)

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DOSBox: Turn back time

Do you miss playing some of those classic DOS games from many years ago? Here's how to relive your youth, using DOSBox. (Aditya Shevade)

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TaskJuggler: Manage your projects

All things bright and beautiful, all projects big and small, TaskJuggler makes managing 'em easier, as Shashank shows you all. (Shashank Sharma)

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Python: Draw with Clutter

Clutter provides the interface, but, drawing on his graphics experience, our guru adds Cairo power to the mix to build a networked clock. (Nick Veitch)

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RAID-5: Protect your data

Our disk trauma expert reveals the power of software RAID, so your data can live on when a hard drive dies. (Ben Martin)

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 Reviews

KDE 4.4

KDE 4.4 has been released - has it reaches the stage where it's a good choice for most users? (Neil Bothwick)

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OpenOffice.org 3.2

We find gold in what first appears to be another humdrum release of free software's premier office suite. (Graham Morrison)

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Pogoplug

It's pink, it's cute, it plugs into your router. And it can create your very own personal cloud in a couple of steps. (Andy Channelle)

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Business Accountz

We look at version 10.01 of the top-end Enterprise edition, to determine whether its features justify the hefty price tag. (Bob Moss)

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VueScan 8.6.10

Nick can't believe his ears. Is this really a piece of scanning software that can recognise your scanner first time? On Linux? (Nick Veitch)

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Photo managers

On test: Fotoxx, Picasa, Bibble Pro, Rawstudio, F-Spot, RawTherapee, Digikam, KPhotoAlbum (Nick Veitch)

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 More

News: Ubuntu heads into purple patch

New look heralds second era of Ubuntu - let there be light! Plus: first public release of Jolicloud; Oracle set to push development of OpenSolaris; Mandriva joins ARM community; CrossOver 9.0 brings more apps to Linux; Maemo + Moblin = MeeGo. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Absolute Linux 13.09

This customised version of Slackware turns out to be absolutely fabulous. Plus: ArtistX 0.8, SystemRescueCd 1.3.5, Gnome 3 excitement. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: MeeGo

Combine mobile operating systems Moblin and Maemo, and what do you get? (Paul Hudson)

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