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Issue 177 (December 2013) - Mobile mashup

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This month we turn our attention to open source mobile platforms. If you want to avoid the Google integration of Android, there's Cyanogen Mod, whilst Firefox OS and Sailfish can breathe new life into your ageing handset.

Elsewhere we talk to Google's Director of Open Source, Chris DiBona, and quiz him on open source's impact on Google.

If you're after a glimpse of what the future holds, Les Pounder looks at the new initiative that's teaching the next generation of coders, whilst Graham gets his hands on the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition – Dell's new Ubuntu-powered Ultrabook.

We've also got top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format!

On the DVD: LXLE, OS/4 OpenLinux and Grml. Plus hotpicks, code books and more.

 Features

Mobile Linux

Discover the next generation of open source mobile operating systems (Ben Everard)

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Interview: Google Guru

We talk to Chris DiBona (Graham Morrison)

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Generation: Code

Les Pounder investigates initiatives that aim to teach the next generation to program (Les Pounder)

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Inside Project Sputnik: Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook

Graham Morrison tests the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition and speaks to the brains behind the project (Graham Morrison)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Community spirit and AWK (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

On the disk

LXLE, OS/4 OpenLinux, Grml, OpenMedia Vault (Neil Bothwick)

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The best new open source software on the planet

CherryTree, ClassicMenu, Clzip, 4MLinux Media Edition, EquakeWidget, Jpgind, Mr Rescue, Lightspark and more (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

IRC

Take a tour of Internet Relay Chat (Jono Bacon)

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Filesystems: Sharing data

FAT, NFS, Fuse and exFAT: we unravel the pros and cons (Neil Bothwick)

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OMV: Manage your data

A look at FreeNAS, a Debian-based NAS solution (Mayank Sharma)

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Linux kernal: Build one

Compile your own kernel for extra performance and features (Mike Saunders)

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 Coding Academy

Create your first Ubuntu SDK app

Get started with the powerful Ubuntu SDK and build mobile, desktop and tablet apps (Jono Bacon)

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Genie: GTK Magic

Genie is a quick and easy way to knock up GTK windows and widgets (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

ZTE Open

The first commercial smartphone to run Firefox OS (Les Pounder)

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Nvidia Shield

An Android gaming device that also streams PC games (Damien McFerran)

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Feng Office CE 2.3.1

A project management system that left us pleasantly surprised (Mayank Sharma)

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Fotoxx 13.09

A comprehensive app for image manipulation (Mayank Sharma)

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Fuze

The Fuze builds a desktop PC out of a Raspberry Pi, but why? (Ben Everard)

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News readers

What's the best feed reader to get the latest news stories as they break? (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Dash search, Linus spooked, Commercial Kubuntu, SteamOS (Andrew Gregory)

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What on Earth: Rust

The programming language from Mozilla that has the potential to make the web more powerful (Marco Fioretti)

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