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Issue 170 (May 2013) - Hack the Web!

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The internet is full of unpleasant people who would love nothing more than to steal your passwords, crack into your WordPress site and generally make a nuisance of themselves at your expense. So we learned their black arts so that you can protect yourself against them, and in the process we discovered that protection rackets have moved online through the power of DDOS attacks.

Also in the magazine we put a media centre onto a Raspberry Pi with Squeezebox (and control it with an Android phone), use the latest version of XBMC to do something similar, broadcast our excellent through screencasting, share photos with Digikam and salivate over the excellent games that we can play now that Steam has arrived on Linux.

On the DVD: Beginners start here - Zorin OS and PCLinuxOS, plus IPFire, SalentOS, SMS and Porteus.

All this and more, in your cracking/hacking latest Linux Format!

 Features

Hack the Web!

Steal passwords, crack WordPress, exploit vulnerabilities, harness DDOS attacks. We take you on a trip to the dark side. (Ben Everard)

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Samba: Dancing with Windows

The standard Windows interoperability suite for Linux is now at version 4 and boasts Active Directory support. (John Lane)

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XBMC Uncovered

After many years keeping a MythTV configuration running, we think we've found a better solution. (Graham Morrison)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Proxies plus the final part of our look at the LAMP stack. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Vincent Untz

We travelled to Brussels to meet the chairman of the OpenSUSE board and Attachmate cloud guru. (Ben Everard)

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 Coverdisc

DVD Pages

PCLinuxOS, Zorin, SMS, SilentOS and IPFire. (Ben Everard)

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Hotpicks: the best new open source software on the planet

OCRFeeder, Nethogs, Qmmp, HTTPie, DocFetcher, Q4Wine, ZXTune, Pushover, BurgerSpace and Rainbarf (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

dnsmasq: DNS servers

We show you how to set up a local Domain Name Service (DNS) server using dnsmasq. (Neil Bothwick)

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Digikam: work together

Cooperate to share the work of managing a large collection of photographs. (Marco Fioretti)

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Markdown: death to words

We convert those rubbish Word documents to plain text using nothing but the command-line. (Koen Vervloesem)

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Raspberry Pi: Stream media

Remote control your Pi to play and stream music and video files to any device, with SqueezePlug (Mayank Sharma)

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Kazam: record your screen

We demonstrate a fun method of creating interesting and informative screencasts for helping others to learn. (Jono Bacon)

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 Coding Academy

Code Concepts: Modules

We introduce a way of untangling the mess of your code and adding structure to your programs. (Jonathan Roberts)

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PHP: PDF reports

We walk you through using PHP to make your reports look attractive and readable on paper as well as on-screen. (James Litton)

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Ruby: modules, blocks and gems

In the last of our Ruby series, learn more about modules and mixins, blocks and yields, and how to get your code out there. (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

Chakra 2013.02

It's dubbed as the best KDE distro out there. We take it for a spin. (Mayank Sharma)

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KDE 4.10

More goodies, more eye candy and more stability. It can only be a new KDE release. (Shashank Sharma)

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Pivos Xios DS

We investigate a mini ARM box that, when combined with XBMC, can turn your telly into a smart TV. (Ben Everard)

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Steam

We take a look at the new games client plus a handful of the best games. (Alex Cox)

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Roundup: Distros for power users

It's time to find a distro to match your incredible skills. (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Debian, Chromebook, Raspberry Pi, Steam and Gnome. (Andrew Gregory)

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

Rebellin Linux, IprediaOS, Maui Linux and more. (Susan Linton)

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