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Issue 142 (March 2011) - Never lose a file again

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Steer yourself to safety with our complete guide to backing up all your valuable data

Discover Ubuntu 11.04's new Unity desktop

Take control of your bandwidth with Ntop

On the 4GB DVD: 5 distro special including the latest releases of PCLinuxOS, Lubuntu, CrunchBang, Puppy and SystemRescueCD. Plus dev tools, games, podcasts...

Tutorials on OpenOffice.org Basic, KDE source building, LPI certification, CakePHP, Cherokee web serving

 Features

Never lose a file again

Data loss is inevitable - but backing yours up is prodent. We show you the tools you need for both homes and enterprises to keep your files safe. (Mayank Sharma)

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20 things we'd change about OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org is a huge, lumbering beast. Don't get us wrong, we like it in principle and the practice is steadily getting better, but there's still room for improvement. (Neil Bothwick)

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Master KDE's Plasma desktop

Now that KDE's ambitious Plasma Desktop is ready for prime-time usage, we uncover its best features. (Graham Morrison)

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Unity is almost here

The Ubuntu community manager discusses the plan to move to Unity in 11.04 from the internal perspective. (Jono Bacon)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

The doc covers Rackspace cloud hosting, backslash characters, and DNS server configuration. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: David Recordon

Facebook's head of open source talks us through the company's approach to free software, and how HipHop is at the heart of what they do. (Jono Bacon)

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 Coverdisc

Five distro special!

PCLinuxOS 2010.12, Lubuntu 10.10, CrunchBang Statler, Puppy Linux 5.2 and SystemRescueCD 2.0. Plus: VirtualBox 4.0, games, development tools, podcasts and more... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Veusz, PDFtk, Webmin, Prey, Kazam, Gnoduino, Calibre, Tux Football, Skunks, MP3 Diags, Eric (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

OOo Basic: Automate tasks

Doing the same thing over and over again is boring. Save yourself some time and effort with this guide to macros. (Bob Moss)

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Ntop: Examine network usage

We reveal how to use this powerful network monitor to detect what's using up your bandwidth and learn more about your traffic. (Ben Martin)

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KDE: Build from scratch

If you thought KDE was as innovative as desktops could get, prepare yourself to join Bob on a trip through creating your own install. (Bob Moss)

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School of Linux: Booting

After last month's foray into the world of hardware, in this class we'll prep your Linux skills with a detailed look at the boot process. (Mike Saunders)

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CakePHP: The best resources

Graham walks you through the myriad support options available in the final (no, really) instalment of his series on CakePHP. (Graham Weldon)

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Cherokee: Fast web serving

Apache isn't the only web server game in town. We show you how to get to grips with Cherokee, and harness its amazing speed. (Claudio Tancioni)

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 Reviews

VirtualBox 4.0

Graham puts the latest release from Oracle through his own special Voigt-Kampf test. Here are his results. (Graham Morrison)

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Steel Storm

Fighting through the Battlezone flashbacks and tremendous RSI, Alex straps into his hovertank and prepares to blast everything else that moves. (Alex Cox)

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Mathematica 8

We're pleased to see some new additions to the latest iteration of this world-class data-processing software. (Nick Veitch)

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Opera 11.0

With so much decent open source competition in the web browser arena, we wonder whether this proprietary entry can find its voice. (Neil Bothwick)

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OpenOffice.org 3.3

Is there still any point to the venerable open source office suite? We take the latest version for a spin to find out. (Andy Channelle)

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CrashPlan 3.0

Impressed by features of backup tools that offer online storage at throwaway prices, Mayank discovers yet another that also does local backups. (Mayank Sharma)

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Archivers

On test: bzip2, rar, 7zip, lbzip2, xz, lrzip, PeaZip, arj (Nick Veitch)

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 More

News: Chrome, sweet Chrome

Google reveals more about its OS strategy and doles out some Chrome machines. Plus: tablets at CES; Firefox beats Internet Explorer in Europe; second Humble Indie Bundle; Russia to move governmental systems to Linux. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: OpenSUSE news

Deal with Attachmate hasn't hurt the distribution's development in the slightest. Plus: next Mandriva scheduled for May 2011, SimplyMepis approaching, and Transparent Hugepage Support patch. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Wayland

We investigate the pros and cons of a new way to draw the Linux desktop, which will start appearing in popular distros this year. (Marco Fioretti)

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