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Issue 167 (February 2013) - Linux Mint

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It’s a Minty-licious issue as we take a look at the leader of the Distrowatch charts, and ask how it came to be what it is today. We also check out the great games in the Humble Indie Bundle, ask what the best office suite is, play with the new ChromeBook, wonder if the desktop really is dead, chat with Bassam Kurdali and much, much more. On the disc, we’re sticking with the minty theme with 32 and 64 bit versions, but we’ve also included Manjaro and Precise Puppy.

 Features

The death of the desktop?

It may have survived the Mayan apocalypse, but is it the end for the desktop? (Mayank Sharma)

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Inside the Humble Indie Bundle

These bundles have brought some fantastic games to Linux, and raised huge sums of money for charity. We take you inside and show you what it's all about. (Mike Saunders)

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Mighty Mint

What makes Mint so awesome? find out here. (David Hayward)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

The Open Build Service, and the LAMP stack. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Bassam Kurdali

LXF chat with one of the brains behind Elephants Dream. (Andrew Gregory)

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 Coverdisc

On The Disc

Mint 14, Manjaro and Precise Puppy (Ben Everard)

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Hotpicks

JOSM, Quassel, Gummi, Onboard, Pinta, Gource, EasyStroke, JVGS, Blobby Volley 2, Autojump, Udevil (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

Synergy

We introduce a cross-platform method of running more than one computer using the same keyboard and mouse, and multiple screens. (Neil Bothwick)

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Django

In part two, we look at how to pre-load data and let users contribute. (Jono Bacon)

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Raspberry Pi

Turn your Pi into a headless torrent server. (Mayank Sharma)

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Hack web apps

Because in order to protect yourself, you need to know how attackers work. (Ben Everard)

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Systemd

We move on from init, and bring in systemd. (John Lane)

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 Coding Academy

Android: OpenGL

Following on from last month, we take a closer look at the graphics library (Juliet Kemp)

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Code Concepts: Writing programs

We work on our coding skills by re-implementing classic Unix tools. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Scheme: Muli-taking

We explain how to take your Scheme skills to the next level with some advanced techniques (Jonathan Roberts)

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 Reviews

Acer C7 Chromebook

We take a peek at this low-cost, low-power linux laptop. (N/A)

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Nexus 4

Google's new phone is price competitively, but does it excite? (Damien McFerran)

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Olimex Olinuxino A13

How does this cheap Arm board stack up against the competition? (Ben Everard)

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X-Plane 10

It's a flight simulator, but it's not a game. It's "an engineering tool that can be used to predict the flying qualities of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft." Now you know. (John Lane)

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Office suites

We pit the best Linux office suites head to head in a bloody deathmatch. (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Europe invests in free software, RasPi gets an app store, shim bootloader released, SailfishOS rises, 386 support dropped, Samba 4 gains Active Directory, RasPi hackday and Wine-alike for OS X (Andrew Gregory)

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

UEFI causing headaches, Mint, OpenSuse and more (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: BTRFS

It's the next generation of Linux filesystems, but what does it do? (Ben Everard)

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