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Issue 168 (March 2013) - Linux vs Windows 8: The verdict

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Microsoft has been alienating its users by making pointless user interface changes, dropping support for its instant messenger app and not providing software that will play a DVD. We can either: a) Point and laugh like Nelson the bully from The Simpsons; or b) show the poor, huddled masses of Windows users that there is a better way. Or, if you don't use Windows and don't know anybody who does, you can simply marvel at how much better off you are because you use Linux, and congratulate yourself on your sound judgement. Also in the magazine! There's coding a-plenty, with an introduction to Ruby, a beginner's tutorial on Scratch and the latest installment of our Django series. You can assuage your fears over UEFI, wrange KDE 4 to your personal preference with our missing manual, write your own command-line tool, discover the best photo editor for Linux and find out why free software developers should learn from the Bible. All this and more, in Linux Format 168 – the super-middleweight issue!

 Features

Linux vs Windows8

We take a look at Microsoft's latest offering, and see how it compares to our beloved Linux. (Mayank Sharma)

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KDE: The missing manual

Get KDE set up just the way you want it. (Shashank Sharma)

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UEFI: Boot redefined

Love it or hate it, UEFI is here and it's unlikely to go anywhere. We take a look at what this means for Linux (John Lane)

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Sysadmin

OpenNebula and part four in our series on beginning sysadmin. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Dave Neary

We meet Red Hat's 'community gardener' (Andrew Gregory)

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 Coverdisc

On The Disc

Mint KDE, Netrunner, Fuduntu and Ghost BSD (Ben Everard)

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The best new open source software on the planet

Fraqtive, Tiny BASIC, DeadBeef, Smem, Mundus, Glogg, Grafx2, Pioneer, FBZX, PyCalendarGen, libexplain (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

Virtualise your computer

let your old hardware live on by keeping an image of it running on your new computer. (David Hayward)

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Networking: The basics

Part one of our new series on Linux Networking. (Jonathan Roberts)

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PDMenu: Build shell menus

introducing a simple system to create text menus so you don't have to memorize complex commands. (Neil Bothwick)

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Raspberry Pi

Get started with programming using Scratch and Python. (Ben Everard)

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Shellinabox

Use Apache's reverse proxy to provide secure access to your Linux box. (Chris Notley)

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 Coding Academy

Code Concepts

Part two of our introduction to Python. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Django

Make Django pretty using Twitter's Bootstrap. (Jono Bacon)

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Ruby

The first of our three tutorials introducing Ruby. (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

Enlightenment 17

The original eye-candy window manager finally gets a stable release. (Ben Everard)

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Arduino Due

We check out the latest ARM micro controller board. (Ben Everard)

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Diaspora

Shoot at stuff in space! (Alex Cox)

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FRITXBox

This ADSL modem and wireless router gets the LXF treatment. (Graham Morrison)

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Photo editors

Find the best app to touch up your photos. (Adam Oxford)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Ubuntu phones, a million Pis, KDE for Nexus 7, More Nouveau, Steambox, Mindstorms, Linux guns. (Andrew Gregory)

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

SparkyLinux, SLAX, PC-BSD and the Steam Box. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: What on Earth is SoC?

We peel back the jargon and let you know all about SoCs. (Shashank Sharma)

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