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Issue 132 (June 2010) - Try any distro!

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Learn the six steps to Linux virtualisation heaven and try distros risk-free

Power up Firefox - the best upgrades to transform your web

Make your box more secure with a firewall distro

Special quadruple-booting DVD with Dreamlinux, Unity, Absolute and Slitaz - plus FlightGear 2.0, Open Clip Art 2.0 and much more

Tutorials on Inkscape, Zsh, OpenOffice.org Base, Python coding...

 Features

Try any distro!

We strap ourselves into a virtual headset to test the latest and greatest distro releases without harming an innocent Fedora installation. (Graham Morrison)

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Ubuntu: Meritocracy not democracy

Think that having a say means that you can say what you want? Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon explains why you can't... (Jono Bacon)

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Log files: Loads of information

Linux log files - what are they, where are they and why should you care? We have the answers. (Shashank Sharma)

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Ubuntu 10.04: Enter the lynx

We lift the veil on the seven awesome surprises on offer by the boldest release yet from the Ubuntu camp. (Shashank Sharma)

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Zsh: Customise your shell

Koen has beachcombed his way across distant shores to discover some powerful ways to spice up your shell. (Koen Vervloesem)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Lucid Lynx server - is the new long-term release of Ubuntu a giant leap for mankind? Plus: reverse DNS, and FTP serving with ProFTPD. (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

Quadruple-booting disc!

Four great distros to explore: Dreamlinux, Slitaz, Unity and Absolute. Plus: Open Clip Art 2.0, eBox 1.4, FlightGear 2.0, Amarok, Bluefish, newbie guides, podcasts and more... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Advene, Armegatron, Darkstat, FBReader, gLabels, Gprog, Namebench, NeoTextureEdit, Pac, PyGTKPipes (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Inkscape: Easy graphic design

Need graphics for a presentation, newsletter or website? Here's how to get creative with Inkscape and the Open Clip Art Library. Plus: presentations with OpenOffice.org Impress. (Andy Channelle)

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Firefox: Boost your browsing

The list of Firefox add-ons is so long that it can become quite bewildering. We give you a helping hand by picking our a selection of the best. (Juliet Kemp)

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libferris: Mount Web 2.0

Want to upload an image to Flickr or a video to YouTube - without having to fire up a browser? With libferris and our tutorial you can. (Ben Martin)

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Base: Organise your data

If you've ever wondered whether there's a more efficient way to manage your DVD collection or contacts list, we can show you how. (Bob Moss)

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Python: Animate your GUI

Clutter is all about building swish new interfaces. We spice up a GUI by adding some good behaviour to buttons. (Nick Veitch)

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Google Cal: Get free text alerts

Here how to fool the SMS reminders system and turn Google Calendar into a handy real-time pager service. (Claudio Tancioni)

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 Reviews

Amarok 2.3

Amarok went from the popular 1.4 to a rather flaky 2.0. We wonder whether the new 2.3 has regained some lost ground. (Neil Bothwick)

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PC-BSD 8

Always fond of a nice graphical installer, Koen discovers PC-BSD 8, the Ubuntu of the BSD world. Who said BSD was just for servers? (Koen Vervloesem)

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CrossOver Pro 9.0

We're always on the hunt for software that will replace the C:/ partition for good. CrossOver Pro 9 might just be it... (Andy Channelle)

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FlightGear 2.0

Alex takes on the world's foremost open source flight sim, but not before he's read the avionics manual from cover to cover... (Alex Cox)

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Bluefish 2.0.0

A flexible text editor makes web development even easier, but we're still disappointed that we can't easily preview the page as we code. (Bob Moss)

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Firewall distros

On test: ClearOS, IPCop, eBox Platform, Monowall, PfSense, Smoothwall Advanced, Smoothwall Express (Martin Meredith)

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 More

News: Red Hat server updated

Industry partnerships and more great financial results. Plus: iPad inspires host of open alternatives; Sony kills Linux on PlayStation 3; SoftMaker updates office alternatives; and Prefab, a way of editing the interfaces of closed applications. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Elive Topaz 2.0

Enlightenment and Debian-based distro breathes new life into older hardware, but it doesn't come for free. Plus: Igelle DSV 1.0, PC-BSD 8.0 and Google evilness polls. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Quickly

We explain the fastest, easiest and most opinionated way to get started with this crazy little thing we call programming. (Paul Hudson)

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