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Issue 154 (February 2012) - Learn to Hack

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The best gamekeepers used to be poachers, so what better way to keep your security in tip-top shape than by learning the dark arts of the hacker? We`ll teach you to break into networks, exploit services running remotely, beat encryption techniques, crack passwords and more.

Stargazers are treated to a tour of the finest astronomy applications in the know universe courtesy of our Roundup, project leaders will love our exclusive tips for handling online conflict, and just about everybody seems to love Linux Mint right now – find out why.

Programmers get an introduction to the most efficient programming language ever; get started with arrays in PHP; and use the power of multicore architectures to make your Python run faster. It`s the best way to make yourself a better, smarter Linux user!

On the DVD: Linux Mint 12 plus our security toolkit, HotPicks, desktop software and much much more.



 Features

Learn to Hack

Attack Servers, crack passwords, exploit services, beat encryption - everything you need to be evil. (Ben Everard)

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Handling online conflict

Help deal with those sticky situations when tempers get flared in your communities. (Jono Bacon)

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Laptops: How to buy and set up a perfect Linux machine.

For when you realise you need to get out more and that desktop machine is just too heavy. (Jim Hitch)

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Dr Brown`s Administeria

Books on system administration, software RAID and the illustrated Etcetera, part 3. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Interview: Brian Fitzpatrick

Google`s information freedom advocate tells us why it should be easy to get your data out. (Mike Saunders, Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

Linux Mint 12 and BackTrack 5

Neil Bothwick takes to the helm with Linux Mint 12, BackTrack 5 and tons of other great software. (Neil Bothwick)

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HotPicks

Tomahawk, Htop, Revelation, Mixxx, Nobleape, Marlin, Darktable, Summoning Wars, Phlipple, Shutter and uShare. (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Grub 2: A guide for beginners

We explain the first things you should now about the new standard bootloader for Linux. (Marco Fioretti)

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xdotool: Script your mouse

Any fiddly mouse-based task involving lots of moving and clicking can be scripted with xdotool. (Mike Saunders)

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Arduino: Time management

Wrest control of the continually ticking clocks to play some tricks with ticks and tocks. (Nick Veitch)

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Scribus: Grand designers

Master flyers, banners and newsletters with help from Bob and our own Effy! (Bob Moss, Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza)

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Linux Mint: A fresh look

Dive into Linux Mint`s brand new desktop interface by taking a tour of its features. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Getting to grips with Gentoo

Convinced that Gentoo is only for hardened geeks? We reveal that if you`re ready to put the work in, you`ll be richly rewarded. (Shashank Sharma)

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 Coding Academy

Code Concepts: Recursion

Jump down the ultimate rabbit hole of programming ideas and land on your own head. (Graham Morrison)

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PHP: Build an online calendar

Continuing from our introductory tutorial, we explore arrays and functions to build a basic events calendar for our website. (Mike Mackay)

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Python: Multiprocessing

We show you why two processes (or more) are better than one and examine ways to unlock the power of your multicore processor. (Nick Veitch)

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Assembly: Know your code

Ready to get low-level and discover how computers really work? Join Mike Saunders for a tour of x86 assembly language. (Mike Saunders)

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 Reviews

OpenBSD 5.0

A hyper-secure and functional Unix flavour reaches the big 5.0. (Mike Saunders)

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Multiwinia

It`s multiplayer Darwinia and it`s finally out on Linux. (Graham Morrison)

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Linux Mint 12

A major version of one of the most popular distributions takes its desktop bandwagon along a brave new road. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Linutop 4.0

We look at a small, silent and tough Linux box that attaches to the back of a screen and locks-down with just a couple of clicks. (Graham Morrison)

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Business Accountz

Getting your accounts in order doesn`t need to be a taxing experience. (Andrew Gregory)

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Roundup: Star gazing apps

We may be in the gutter, but we`re looking at Celestia, KStars, StarPlot and Stellarium. (Jonathan Roberts)

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 More

News: News: Samsung wins key tablet patent battle

Also: WebOS released as open source, Motorola bites back, Gnome Shell gets some new tweaks, Android x86, Desura games client, Mint developers and Android in cars. (Andrew Gregory)

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Distrowatch: Distrowatch: News from the vaults of distro development

Mint 12, Ubuntu 12.04, Solaris 11 (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: What on Earth: BrowserID

What`s the easiest way to prove who you are online? BrowserID wants to be the answer. (Marco Fioretti)

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