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Issue 152 (Christmas 2011) - What desktop?

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Don't choose your latest GUI until you've read the ultimate guide to Gnome 3.2, KDE 4.7 and Unity 11.10

On the 4GB DVD: Exclusive Ubuntu 11.10 megapack, with LXF-enhanced Ubuntu (including hundreds of extra packages), Kubuntu and Xubuntu - triple-booting from one disc!

Rescue your files - turn disk disaster into an opportunity to learn new skills

Master video editing with the awesome OpenShot editor

Tutorials on PHP, Arduino, two-factor security, arcade machine building and more

 Features

What desktop?

As the next iterations of Gnome and Unity make their way to your desktop, we examine their usability and user-interfaces. (Mayank Sharma)

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Women, know your Linux!

We ask why FLOSS is dominated by men. (Paula Graham)

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13 niche distros

Andrew fires up VirtualBox and has a play with some of the best, oddest and most useful distributions that Linux has to offer. (Andrew Gregory)

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Bristol Wireless

Our Jon hops on a train to meet the dedicated volunteers behind an innovative community technology project. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

We look at extending your in-house network into a Virtual Private Cloud. Plus: exploring the /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files, and Guestfish. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Ariel Waldman

Space exploration isn't just confined to NASA - you can make a contribution too. We talk to the founder of Science Hack Day about how citizen science is making great technological leaps. (Mike Saunders, Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

Exclusive Ubuntu 11.10 megapack

Triple-booting disc with LXF-enhanced Ubuntu (includes hundreds of extra packages), Kubuntu and Xubuntu. Everything you need! Plus Gnome 3.2 Live, Digikam, Areca, games, podcasts, newbie guides and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Synfig Studio, Vinagre, Seahorse, Krita, FileZilla, MonoDevelop, Minetest-c55, Gbrainy, MikeOS, Gramps (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Recovery: Save your lost files

Think your precious files are lost forever? Think again. We explain how to recover missing data using two indispensable applications. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Video editing made simple

Jono unfolds his director's chair and explains how, with a little skill and creativity, you can create stunning videos using OpenShot or PiTiVi. (Jono Bacon)

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Dwm: A fresh tiling approach

We look at a light, fast tiling window manager that can breathe new life into your computer and make you more efficient. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Arduino: Link two together

Join up multiple Arduinos for dual processing fun or link via radio for remote sensing. The well-connected Nick shows you how... (Nick Veitch)

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Build a video arcade machine

Graham makes up for being poor in the eighties by running Ghosts'n Goblins on permanent Freeplay. (Graham Morrison)

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Duo Security: Server safety

If the only thing protecting your server is a password, you're taking a big risk. We show you how to add a second layer of protection. (Koen Vervloesem)

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 Coding Academy

PHP: Write your first script

Using this open source technology and your Linux platform, we explore how to dive into the popular world of PHP programming. (Mike Mackay)

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Back to basics: Variable scope

Caution! That variable you're accessing might not be what you think it is. Why? Find out here... (Mike Saunders)

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Python: Drag and drop for GTK

Drag yourself into the desktop age before Nick drops off. (Nick Veitch)

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Android: Music on the move

In part two, Juliet explains how to run a background service, handle events, and set a status-bar notification. (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu's previous release earned it more brickbats than bouquets. We find out if the new version will be able to turn the tables. (Shashank Sharma)

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Frozen Synapse

The best tactical turn-based game for a generation; and it runs natively on Linux. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Trauma

Graham is feeling in need of a little therapy himself after delving into a surreal world without unicorns. (Graham Morrison)

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X-Arcade Tankstick

We take the fight back to the aliens with a control panel from the Starship Enterprise. (Graham Morrison)

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PulseAudio 1.0

Faced with the Gom Jabbar, Graham looks at the new, great hope for Linux audio and discovers that it has finally come of age. (Graham Morrison)

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IDEs for coding

On test: Anjuta, Code::Blocks, Eclipse, KDevelop, NetBeans (Ben Everard)

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 More

News: KDE coming soon to a touchscreen near you

Plasma Widgets make their smartphone debut with Meego and Nokia's Qt. Plus: Gameolith store opens access outside USA; Android 4.0 opens up; LibreOffice goes mobile and cloudy; Apple and Microsoft trouble for Android; Automotive Linux Summit. (Andrew Gregory)

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Distrowatch: Autumn line-up

With Ubuntu 11.10, OpenSUSE 12.1 and Fedora 16, there's something for everyone in the new season's releases. Plus: Tiny Core 4.0, Puppy 5.2.8 and Kororaa 15. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: X.org

What draws your Linux desktop? One of the oldest open source projects around, that's what. (Marco Fioretti)

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