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Issue 137 (November 2010) - The ultimate desktop toolkit

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Convert files, burn discs, fix photos and more - optimise your digital life the open source way!

Is Linux Mint 9 the best KDE distro yet?

Make the awesome Chromium web browser even faster

On the 4GB DVD: PCLinuxOS 2010.07 in Gnome, KDE and Xfce flavours. Plus: Ubuntu 10.10 preview, KDE 4.5, MonoDevelop 2.4, KMyMoney, games, podcasts and more

Tutorials on Scribus, QDVDAuthor, Bash scripting, Webmin, Cacti...

 Features

The ultimate desktop toolkit

Don't let your photo, music and video files get any more chaotic. We cover the cream of Linux software to help you master your media. (Graham Morrison)

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24 things we'd change about Linux

If you use Linux long enough, you’ll soon discover a list of things you wished were different... (Paul Hudson)

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Google Chrome inside and out

Make your browser leaner, meaner and more powerful than ever with our guide to Chrome. (Bob Moss)

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The burnout cycle

With so many of us plugged into our computers each day, Jono explores how too much can cause us to burn out. (Jono Bacon)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Do you aspire to have more Linux-related know-how than you know what to do with? Here are some of the best books. Plus: a cryptography materclass and GnuPG. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Seif Lotfy

Zeitgeist is an event logger that tracks a user's activities and events - we talk to one of its founding fathers. (Jono Bacon)

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 Coverdisc

PCLinuxOS 2010.07 triple pack

KDE, Gnome and Xfce versions of this popular desktop distro. Plus: Ubuntu 10.10 alpha 3, MonoDevelop 2.4, KMyMoney 4.5, games, podcasts, guides and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Observium, FindRepe, Makagiga, Animbar, Harald Scan, Redshift GUI, KBarcode4-light, GNU Shogi, Lost Labyrinth, Frescobaldi, Firewall Builder (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Google Docs: Analyse forms

When someone fills in a form you've created in Google Docs, responses are collected in a spreadsheet. We show you how to analyse it. Plus: syncing calendars with Mozilla Lightning. (Andy Channelle)

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QDVDAuthor: burn movies

We use QDVDAuthor to burn movie clips into a professional DVD complete with menus and other bells and whistles. (Shashank Sharma)

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Scribus: Design a newsletter

Whatever publication you're going to produce, you want it to look good. We delve into our inner designers to conjure a quick newsletter. (Mo Awkati)

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Webmin: Master administration

The response to Shashank's fervent prayers for an easier method to manage and configure his machines was Webmin. But how do you use it? (Shashank Sharma)

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Bash: Tweeting with OAuth

With Twitter having switched to the safety-first OAuth, our script master leaps to the rescue by creating a Bash client to take the API head on. (Nick Veitch)

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Cacti: Graph almost anything

Want to see in graphical form what you computer or router is doing when you're not watching it? We show you how, with the help of a spiky plant. (Rob Dobozy)

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 Reviews

KDE 4.5

Moving desks can be a good or a bad thing. Nick Veitch nervously considers moving desktops with the latest release from the KDE team. (Nick Veitch)

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Linux Mint 9 KDE

Is green the new brown? Andy Channelle fires up the KDE version of Ubuntu's fresh grass-coloured rival to see how it compares. (Andy Channelle)

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HornetTek Janus WLAN Adapter

Graham becomes increasingly reclusive with a wireless receiver that lets him work 1,000m from LXF Towers. (Graham Morrison)

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Jolicloud 1.0

If you've been looking for a netbook or laptop Linux distribution that shows the rest how it's done, then we think your wait is now over. (Bob Moss)

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And Yet It Moves

Stumble headlong into a world where direction is meaningless. No, it's not an existential masterwork, but a puzzle platformer. (Alex Cox)

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Zybert GEM Server

Need a robust, secure and easy-to-use server for your small business? One of these GEMs may be just the ticket. (Leo Maxwell)

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FTP clients

On test: CrossFTP, FileZilla, FireFTP, gFTP, Konqueror, LFTP, Nautilus, NCFTP (Nick Veitch)

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 More

News: Oracle goes on the attack

Someone must have missed the memo about 'community'. Plus: new Linux tablet devices; Transmission 4.0; Linux Foundation publishes compliance programme; DreamWorks signs deal with Red Hat. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Ubuntu 10.10 development

Lots of tweaking builds excitement on the road to the Maverick Meerkat. Plus: ChamelonOS, FreeBSD 8.1, PC-BSD 8.1, The Board for Gnome. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: SystemD

Your favourite Linux distro could be booting much faster in future thanks to three dedicated developers. (Bob Moss)

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