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Issue 160 (August 2012) - How to make a billion dollars the Red Hat way

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How to make a billion dollars the Red Hat way. Yes, a billion dollars!

While other tech companies have been making headlines, Red Hat has been making money, and it has done so by selling a product that anyone can get for free: Linux. Is this a con trick? Alchemy? No: it turns out that hard work, expertise and giving the customers what they want is still a good way to do business. We spoke to the Red Hat chaps to find out more.

Also in the magazine we find out the pitfall-free way to add a new hard drive to your setup, build a supercomputer the easy way with a Beowulf cluster and turn our Raspberry Pi into a file server.

And for the less hackery but still geeky we report on the Open Data Cities conference in Brighton (the government collects data, we pay the government, so we should own the data, dammit!) , reassess the role the Firefox plays in the collective heart and mind of the Linux community, and give Hockney a run for his money with Gimp.

On the DVD: We've crammed Fedora 17, Mint 13 and Mageia 2 plus ArchBang plus our usual awesome content.



 Features

Firefox: How Mozilla Cracked the Browser Monopoly

The world's most popular source browser keeps going from strength to strength. We chart its progress and show you how to beef it up with extra features. (Mike Saunders)

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Open Data Cities

The UK's first Open-data Cities Conference proves that there's an enormous amount of political support for improving access to public data sets. Use them or lose them. (Adam Oxford)

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Red Hat

Find out how the world's largest open source company earned a billion dollars by making freedom a must-have feature. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Securing the human, NFS, passwords and unity (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Björn Balazs

OpenUsability.org is trying to make your Linux box easier to use. We met up with one of its co-founders. (Andrew Gregory)

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 Coverdisc

DVD Pages

Mint, Fedoar, Mageia, and ArchBang all in one place (Ben Everard)

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The Best New Open Source Software On The Planet

Ktorrent, Monit, Gnoduino, YAGF, Pogo, Gnac, Marble, Asteroid, Cube Trains, Fotoxx, Braindump (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Build your own supercomputer

Get two or more computers crunching the same data in a Beowulf cluster (David Hayward)

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Gimp: Cheat your way to a hockney-like collage

Discover how to turn an ordinary digital image into a convincing pop-art masterpiece. (Nick Veitch)

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Add a new hard drive

Whether you want to add a 2TB giant or a tiny SSD, we sjow you how to avoid the pitfalls of partitioning. (Neil Bothwick)

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Rasperry Pi

In our second RPi tutorial, we go through package management, emulation and network attached storage. (Graham Morrison)

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Shelr

We check out a website that lets you share your command-line tricks with the world. (Mike Saunders)

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 Coding Academy

Android: Remote Databases

Enter the cloud and get your apps to communicate with a server. (Juliet Kemp)

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Code Concepts: Avoiding Mistakes

After tolerating dozens of bug reports about his own code, Graham Morrison shares what to do to avoid it. (Graham Morrison)

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Python: Work With Google's API

We dip into the cauldron of wonder that is the Google data API, and learn how to access everything with Python. (Nick Veitch)

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 Reviews

Books

Liars and Outliers, and Think Complexity get the LXF treatment (Ben Everard)

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Gimp 2.8

It may be one of the best-known open source projects, but progress can be glacially slow. We look at a release four years in the making. (Nick Veitch)

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Mageia 2

Mageia is the natural upgrade path for Mandriva users. Version 2 shows promise, but also has limitations. (Ben Everard)

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Miro 5

A video podcast collator-cum-media player to serve all your entertainment needs. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Pianoteq 4 standard

A commercial piano synthesizer that turns your Linux box into a grand piano. (Graham Morrison)

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Rosegarden

A midi and audio sequencer that can be used to score, compose and generate music. (Graham Morrison)

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Open Social Networks

Are privacy concerns keeping you off popular social networks? Find an alternative that is open in more than one way. (Mayank Sharma)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Oracle lose their legal battle, Google take on the iPad and provide Raspberry Pis for English schools, Mandriva goes to the community and much more. (Andrew Gregory)

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Distrowatch: This month's roundup of news from the vaults of Linux distro development

Get the latests updates on the Mandriva saga, check out the slack Puppy, and discover an OS so bad they named it terrible. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: OpenCL

We present an open graphics standard that may make many applications run faster than they do today. (Marco Fioretti)

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