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Issue 156 (April 2012) - Raspberry Pi

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We`re wildly excited about the Raspberry Pi, and you should be too. It`s a full, working PC, it runs Linux and it costs just $25. It`s not Windows 8-certified, but it`s going to change the way the world thinks about computing.We go behind the scenes to bring you the inside story of this revolutionary bit of kit.

Elsewhere in the magazine we speed up your Linux box to within an inch of its life, pick the best distro for your creaking old PC that`s currently gathering dust in the attic (or struggling to cope with the latest bloatware from Microsoft), and talk to Michael Meeks about the moral forces at work when you choose your distro.

Gasp in shock as Gentoo 12 is revealed as the best distro ever, and feel a warm glow when we try KDE 4.8 and discover that it doesn`t suck (on the contrary, it`s fantastic – we just had to put some flame-bait in here to annoy our KDE-using editor). All this and more, coming to a shiny PDF reading device near you!

On the DVD: CentOS 6.2 + Linux Games Live. Plus 5 other distros!



 Features

Raspberry Pi

Introducing the Raspberry Pi – the $25 Linux box that’s going to revolutionise programming. (Jonathan Roberts)

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A week in Minecraft

Explore a stonkingly popular adventure game that’s eight times bigger than planet Earth... (Mike Saunders)

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Linux Speedups

Discover 13 ways to speedup your Linux box (Graham Morrison, Andrew Gregory)

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Interview with Michael Meeks

We caught up with Michael Meeks to get the inside perspective on the massive changes they, and desktop Linux as a whole, have gone through in the past few years. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Reluctant e-mails, Linux Jobs, and the Illustrated Etcetera part four. (Chris Brown)

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Zoneminder

We resist the urge to make disparaging remarks about reality TV while showing you how to set up your own Big Brother house. (Leo Maxwell)

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 Coverdisc

Centos, Linux Gamers Live and five other distros

We bring you seven full distros for work, play, and older hardware (Neil Bothwick)

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HotPicks

FontForge, Ishw, Gnome photo frame, Pyexpander, Eperiodique, FileMonitor, SpaceFM, Domination, Eliot, Mungempo (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Arduino: Make a chatbot

Why bother with people when you could be instant messaging with your ever-faithful Arduino pal? (Nick Veitch)

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Zen and the art of Vim

Learn Vim to type faster and get yourself out of some sticky situations. (Jonathan Austin)

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Creating MIDI and notation

Get started on using some of Linux’s many MIDI tools, including Rosegarden, to make beautiful music. (Jono Bacon)

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LemonPOS

On a mission to solve unanswered questions, we discover a viable piece of point of sale software – LemonPOS. (Shashank Sharma)

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 Coding Academy

Assembly: Know your code

In this month’s foray into low-level programming, Mike Saunders explains how to use code libraries, input and math operations. (Mike Saunders)

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Back to basics: Sorting

More algorithms, higher efficiency and faster sorting. Jonathan Roberts introduces Quick Sort. (Jonathan Roberts)

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PHP: Extending our calendar

Following his second tutorial, Mike Mackay explains how to add the functionality to dynamically select races and view details. (Mike Mackay)

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 Reviews

AfterShot Pro

Bibble used to be the only choice on Linux for processing RAW photos. Now owned by Corel and renamed, Adam Oxford finds out what’s new. (Adam Oxford)

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Devolo dLan 500

We look at an upgrade to the popular AV-compatible devices for transferring network data across mains power (Graham Morrison)

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Gentoo 12

The Mayans definitely got it wrong. The world can’t end now, not when we have possibly the best live DVD ever created. (Shashank Sharma)

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KDE 4.8

Can this really be just a point release? (Shashank Sharma)

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Distros for older hardware

Do you have machines acting as paperweights because they can’t keep up with the hardware demands of modern distros? We can help. (Mayank Sharma)

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 More

News: FOSDEM 2012

Also: France acknowledges the Windows tax, Ubuntu for businesses, HUD, Plasma tablets, and Canonical ends development on Kubuntu. (Andrew Gregory)

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Distrowatch: News from the vaults of distro development

Fedora gets beefy, Mageia is coming, and FreeBSD dedicate a release to Dennis Ritchie (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Dracut

We introduce a new way to make your Linux box boot faster (Marco Fioretti)

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