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Issue 148 (September 2011) - Your top 50 apps

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The best tools for your Linux system - chosen by you!

Build your own Arduino display

Bring out the best in your PC with Zenwalk

Become a radio star by making your own podcast

On the 4GB DVD: Linux Mint 11 and Mageia 1 - polished Ubuntu spin-off meets newbie-friendly Mandriva fork. Plus: top 50 apps, podcasts, guides

Tutorials on Android coding, LPI certification, WINE and more

 Features

Your top 50 apps

Hundreds of TuxRadar readers took part in our search for your favourite software. The votes have now been counted and verified and we unveil the winners... (Jonathan Roberts)

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TuxRadar: Radio revolution

As Galadriel told us at the beginning of the Lord of the Rings movies, the world is changing. And TuxRadar has been watching it every step of the way. Join us for a look back at two and a half years of Android, Mint, KDE 4, Unity and Mono rants. (Andrew Gregory)

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13 of free software's unsung heroes

Without the tireless efforts of dedicated folk, free software wouldn't be what it is today. Here are some of its lesser-known stars. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Inside Linux Mint

As we learned last issue, putting together a distribution involves an awful lot of effort. This month we take a look at the inner workings of a distro that is redefining desktop standards - the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint. (Mayank Sharma)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Welcome to the future, as hundreds of sites take part in World IPV6 day. Plus: Privilege escalation and setuid. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Sarah Novotny

The co-founder of Blue Gecko and a pioneer of MySQL chats over Skype while she takes a taxi into work. (Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

Mint 11 and Mageia 1

Ultra-polished classic Gnome Ubuntu spin-off meets newbie-friendly Mandriva fork. Plus: 50 top apps from the cover feature, podcasts, documentation and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

PiTiVi, LibreOffice, SRWare Iron, Tomb, Turpial, Geo-*, FreeSeer, PySkool, MegaGlest, Guvcview, Darkstat (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Wine: Windows apps in Linux

Like it or not, at some point you could well need to run Microsoft Office in your favourite OS. We look at two different ways to do it. (Bob Moss)

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Recording your own podcast

The LugRadio creator hooks up some mics and dusts off his headphones to explain how to create and mix your very own podcast. (Jono Bacon)

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School of Linux: Links, permissions and quotas

It's the last part of our LPI training series, and we finish with a look at symbolic/hard links, permissions and disk quotas. And there's a quiz! (Mike Saunders)

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An introduction to Zenwalk

Find your own path to spiritual enlightenment with this fast and efficient distribution. We lift the lid on the Slackware-based Zenwalk. (Bob Moss)

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Eucalyptus: Cloud control

With Eucalyptus - and just a little bit of help from Ubuntu - we discover that it's really not that hard to set up your very own private cloud. (Chris Brown)

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 Coding Academy

Arduino: Let there be LEDs!

Nick has a couple of digits for you - seven segment LED display digits to be precise. Get your Arduino displaying useful info. (Nick Veitch)

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Android: Build a tilting maze

Juliet has some more fun with the accelerometer and creates some custom XML attributes. (Juliet Kemp)

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Python: View stereo images

Prepare to be awed, as we demonstrate how to use menus and images in PyGTK to construct an enthralling stereo image viewer. (Nick Veitch)

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 Reviews

MeeGo 1.2 Netbook Edition

It might have had a troubled year, but we find plenty of life left in this diminutive distribution that's capable of playing movies in your car. (Graham Morrison)

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Linux Mint 11

It's billed as the distribution for new users. We take the taste test and discover a product that lives up to its promise. (Shashank Sharma)

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Tales of MajEyal 4

Alex isn't happy unless he's in a dungeon, bleeding profusely, or both. This roguelike occasionally ventures outdoors, but at least there's bloodshed. (Alex Cox)

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Lyx 2.0.0

We road test the new Xetex-engined version of Lyx - could it really be the Linux scribe's dream tool? (John Hudson)

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Popcorn Hour A-210

Graham replaces his MythTV box with a small, silent Linux machine that works without sacrificing small animals. (Graham Morrison)

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Online backup services

Graham replaces his MythTV box with a small, silent Linux machine that works without sacrificing small animals. (Ben Everard)

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 More

News: LibreOffice goes from strength to strength

Support from big names such as Google speeds up development of modern office suite. Plus: Red Hat dreams of a billion-dollar Christmas; Mandriva fork Mageia released; Microsoft signs up new patent partners; top 500 charts Linux's life in the fast lane. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Mageia 1.0

The new community fork of Mandriva might look familiar but its definitely forging its own path. Plus: Zorin OS 5, OpenSUSE 12.1, new Ubuntu netbooks. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Bitcoin

Here's why you're unlikely to make a fortune generating your own stash of open source currency... (Graham Morrison)

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