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Issue 150 (November 2011) - DIY Distros

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Make your own unique version of Ubuntu, SUSE and Fedora, and rule the distro world

KDE 4.7 gets it right - Gnome 3 users, this is what a proper desktop looks like

Mageia unmasked: what the men from Mandrake made

On the 4GB DVD: CentOS 6, a rock-solid, enterprise-level distro. Plus: Chakra (including KDE 4.7), Ubuntu 11.10 preview, games, podcasts, guides and more

Tutorials on security, MediaWiki, hardware sharing, Google Go...

 Features

DIY Distros

We show you how to build a distribution that does just what you want it to. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Kernel 3.0

From 10,000 lines of code to 15 million. We look to the past and the future. (Neil Bothwick)

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Inside Mageia

It's the first release and already we've fallen under its spell. (Mayank Sharma)

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Desktop Summit 2011

The future of Gnome and KDE - the dominant players in desktop Linux meet to debate their goals. (Stuart Jarvis)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

How to be a sysadmin - eight simple steps on the path to admin heaven. Plus: Unix time formats, and Software as a Service. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Rob Pike

We catch some programming wisdom from one of Google's most distinguished engineers. (Mike Saunders, Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

CentOS 6 and Chakra

Make your machines rock-solid with this enterprise-level distro. Plus: Chakra (including the new KDE 4.7), Ubuntu 11.10 preview, gamed, podcasts, guides and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Amarok, Archipel, IPython, Takeoff, Rowscope, GPodder, Minitube, CKhet, Cubosphere, Usermin, Tiny Core Linux. (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Security: Protect your desktop

Shield yourself from online nasties and arm yourself with all the right tools to fend off a data disaster with our security masterclass. (Bob Moss)

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LVM: Manage your storage

After years living in fear of Fedora's partition screen, Jon faces his demons and discovers using LVM is simpler than he thought. (Jonathan Roberts)

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MediaWiki: Build your own

It's the free software that powers 65% of public wikis. Grasp the basics and there's no limit to what you could create. (Ben Everard)

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Synergy: Link your PCs

We show how, in a few simple steps, to turn all the machines on your desk - Linux or not - into one homogenous blob of integrated computing. (Alex Cox)

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 Coding Academy

An introduction to Google Go

We go all googly eyed for Rob Pike's powerful concurrent programming language. (Graham Morrison)

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Back to basics: functions and objects

In the second of our newbie's guides, we tackle the fundamental building blocks behind any application. (Graham Morrison)

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Python: Fractal dimensions

Explore the subtle mathematics that powers the universe as we explain how to draw things. (Nick Veitch)

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Arduino: Servos and steppers

It's time for your to get things moving with your Arduino - let's put the wheels in motion. (Nick Veitch)

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 Reviews

KDE 4.7

It's chock-full of improvements but does 4.7 do enough to shed the desktop's tarnished reputation? We find out. (Shashank Sharma)

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Scientific Linux 6.1

Will the release of this confusingly-named RHEL clone prove to be the final nail in CentOS's coffin? We investigate. (Mayank Sharma)

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VVVVVV

Andrew remembers a gentler time, when games were less about shooting things and more about avoiding death from spikes. (Andrew Gregory)

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Digikam SC 2.0

After a year of development one of the best photo management tools has hit the magical 2.0 milestone. Here's what's new. (Adam Oxford)

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Web browsers

We spend an ever-increasing amount of our time online, so our browser choice matters. Here are five of the best open source offerings. On test: Chrome, Epiphany, Firefox, Opera, Rekonq. (Matt Hanson)

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 More

News: Google buys a future in phones with Motorola

Internet giant buy's Motorola's smartphone business, including... lots of patents! Plus: Cyber Security Challenge UK; Ubuntu One on iPad; Microsoft and SUSE continue deal; Finnish city of Kankaanpaa moves to Linux; Mozilla announces Enterprise User Workin (Andrew Gregory)

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News: OSCON 2011

Against all odds, Mike and Graham made it to O'Reilly's geek-packed open source conference in Portland, Oregon, USA. (Mike Saunders)

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Distrowatch: Linvo 2010.12.6

Cross Linux with a Volvo and this is what you might get. Belt up and take it for a spin. Plus: Scientific Linux 6.1, Linux 3.0 kernel, Boot to Gecko. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: OAuth

We explain how you can save time and stay secure by authorising websites to work for you. (Marco Fioretti)

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