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Issue 157 (May 2012) - Linux Wins

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If it`s brilliant, Linux had it first. Find out just how awesome your machine really is. We`re not idiots. We know that Apple`s OS X is great, and Windows 8 is shaping up nicely too. But we also know that all of the cutting-edge tech and brilliant ideas that are forming the next generation of computer operating systems were all available in Linux before Microsoft`s 3D desktop effects were a twinkle in Bill Gates` eye. Join us, then, as we celebrate the sheer awesomeness of your humble PC, find out how the competition is trying to imitate us and take a look at how we're keeping one step ahead. Also in the issue we hear from two-thirds of the men behind Wikiotics, an open languange-learning resource based on sound free software principles; sift through the cope hosting projects out there to find out which one is the best for you; and read all about Young Rewired State, a brilliant scheme that`s getting more kids to code. All this, plus our tutorial section, the coding academy and more hands-on learning than you can shake a stick at.

 Features

Linux Wins

Find out how Linux has been leading the world in OS features. (Mayank Sharma)

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Wikiotics

LXF catches up with the guys behind Wikiotics. (Jonathan Roberts)

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A Space Odyssey

We take a look at how Linux is entering the final frontier. (David Hayward)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

War, cats, clouds and more. (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

Sabayon, OpenSUSE, Chakra and Crunchbang

Four distros with four different desktop environments. Find out which is right for you. (Ben Everard)

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 Tutorials

Arduino: Using the keyboard

Use a scanned matrix to add buttons to your Arduino (Nick Veitch)

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Convert Videos

Learn how to share your video collection with the world. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Automatically Login

Set up your very own internet cafe. (Neil Bothwick)

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The lomo look

Use Gimp to make your new photos look old. (Nick Veitch)

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SQL: Database design

We shine a spotlight on the dark art of relational database design. (Dave Cross)

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 Coding Academy

Concepts: Numbers

Learn how your computer deals with digits (Graham Morrison)

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PHP: The world of databases

Use a database to create your own live visitor counter (Mike Mackay)

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Assembly: Know your code

Take the ultimate coding challenge and write your own OS (Mike Saunders)

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 Reviews

Cinnamon

The new desktop environment from the makers of Linux Mint (Jonathan Roberts)

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Libre Office

Can it really be "the best free office suite ever"? (Ben Everard)

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Pandora

We take a look at this little box that's the size a Nintendo DS and runs Linux. (David Hayward)

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VLC 2.0

It's TuxRadar's favourate media player, but how does the latest release stack up. (Graham Morrison)

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CrossOver 11

We check out this new product that combines CrossOver Office and CrossOver Games into one package. (Graham Morrison)

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Project hosting

BerliOS, GitHub, Google Code, Savannah and Source Forge can all host your code, but which one is best? (Mike Saunders)

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 More

News: Google Privacy

The search giants privacy policy is criticized by The French Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Liberté. Plus: Irish SOPA, Linux Usage, Raspberry Pi and the Digital Economy Act. (Andrew Gregory)

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Distrowatch: Mandriva, Sabayon, Frugalware and more

A look at developments in the distro world. Including some new releases and a first look at the Spark tablet. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Node.js

JavaScript can do more than just run code in your web browser. Here we look at how it can be used build network applications (Jonathan Roberts)

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