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Issue 171 (June 2013) - 50 Distros Tested

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Choice is natural. Choice ensures competition. Choice is good. But sometimes there's too much choice, and we need a helping hand through the forest of indecision. Take the act of choosing a Linux distribution, for example: of the hundreds that are out there, all with their slightly different goals and values, how do you know which one is going to be right for you? You could try every single one of the top 50 ranked Linux flavours on Distrowatch, or you could let us do it for you – brilliant!

Also in the mag we've more on the UEFI debacle, a roundup of image editors, an inside look at audio editing with Ardour, Hotpicks and a gaggle/pride/murder of brain-expanding tutorials. Have fun!

On the disc: This month it’s a super-special double disc issue. We’ve built our very own gaming distro that allows you to play some of the best open source games without installing them. On the second disc we’ve got OpenSUSE, Kali and Trisquel. Enjoy!



 Features

50 Distros Tested

How do you pick a distro from the dizzying array on offer? we check out 50 of the best and give you the low down. (Mayank Sharma, Shashank Sharma)

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Inside Ardour 3

Discover the best Linux audio application. (Graham Morrison)

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Secure Boot part 2

Find out what Microsoft is doing to PCs (Ben Everard)

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Interview: Cathy Malmrose

Linux Format caught up with the CEO of ZaReason for a chat. (Ben Everard)

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 Coverdisc

Gaming DVD and more

Check out the exclusive LXF Gaming DVD and more on this month's coverdisc (Ben Everard)

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The best open source software from around the web

Tiled, Mosh, Mp3splt, i7z, Terminator, JSesh, The SilveSearcher, Irrlamb, QNetWalk, Halttimer and Torsocks (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

AWS

Everything you need to know about Amazon's cloud service. (Rob Dobozy)

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Raspberry Pi CLI

Learn to use your Pi like a pro with our guide to the command line interface. (Ben Everard)

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Rip your CDs

Don't mess around with shiny discs, keep all your music on your computer instead. (John Lane)

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Sleep States

Give your computer a rest! (Neil Bothwick)

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Testing

Use automatic testing to make sure your apps work flawlessly. (Jono Bacon)

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 Coding Academy

Code Concepts: Storage

We go back to basics and show you how to store data using Python. (Jonathan Roberts)

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C++

Join in part one of our new series on C++ (Alec Ross)

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Ruby on Rails

Discover the framework that puts happiness first. (Gavin Montague)

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 Reviews

OpenSuse 12.3

our favourite KDE distro gets an update. (Mayank Sharma)

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PC Specialist

The UK-based PC builder makes us a no-OS machine to play Steam games. (Ben Everard)

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Crusader Kings II

A strategy game of European conquest, but is it any good? (Alex Cox)

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Team Viewer 8

Remote desktop for the enterprise. (Shashank Sharma)

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Image editors

We look at five of the best image editors (Marco Fioretti)

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 More

News: A roundup of the Linux latests news

Ubuntu Phones, Raspberry Pi, UEFI, more UEFI, more Ubuntu, Wayland and Patents (Andrew Gregory)

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Distrowatch: News from the vaults of distro development

Gnome Ubuntu remix, Kali and ALT. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Ubuntu Acomplishments

We check out this new development from Canonical. (Jono Bacon)

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