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Issue 178 (Christmas 2013) - Fund your dreams

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Got a great idea that needs to be turned into reality? You don't need a profit-minded VC to invest in your ideas. We show you how to raise money from people passionate about your project.

We also talk to Robert 'R0ml' Lefkowitz, the fascinating 'old skool' hacker.

Also in this issue we delve inside the Qt graphical toolkit, visit PyCon 2013 and show you how to create your own custom desktop.

We've also got top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.
On the DVD: Elementary OS Luna, Hotpicks, Pinguy OS 13.04 64-bit plus codebooks and more!

 Features

PyCon UK 2013

Les Pounder joined the annual Python gathering in Coventry for four days of community fun (Les Pounder)

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Inside Qt

We open up the dusty history books and highlight a pivotal component in the open source machine: the Qt project. (Jono Bacon)

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Sound of the crowd

You don’t need a profit-minded VC to invest in your ideas. Instead follow our advice and raise money from people passionate about your project. (Mayank Sharma)

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Renaissance man

We meet Robert ‘r0ml’ Lefkowitz, a man who crams 2,000 years of open source philosophy into 3,000 words. (Graham Morrison)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Esoteric system administration goodness from the impenetrable bowels of the server room. (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

On the disc

Pinguy, elementary OS, the stars of our pick of the new user distros (Neil Bothwick)

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HotPicks

Thunderbird, XRoar,Mars Simulation, CropGUI, DigiKam, Fgallery, Checkbashisms and more (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

Shotwell: photo management

Matt Hanson takes a tour of the user-friendly photo organiser to see how easy it is to import and edit his holiday snaps. (Matt Hanson)

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High availability

How to avoid disaster in the workplace when your servers crash, using processes such as load balancing. (Jonathan Roberts)

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Disk usage: Free it up

Cached files from web browsing and software updates can clog up your computer. We show you how to clear up the mess. (Neil Bothwick)

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Desktops: Build your own

Yes, you can create a highly customised, low-resource desktop environment without a single line of source code. We explain how... (Mike Saunders)

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Drupal: Instant websites

Shashank Sharma discovers a faster way of creating Drupal websites. Is Drupal Distributions everything he believes or is he just easily excitable? (Shashank Sharma)

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 Coding Academy

Fortran: Get started

ortran has been around for a long time, but it’s still in use, and Juliet Kemp finds it’s easier than its reputation might suggest. (Juliet Kemp)

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An introduction to Python

Learn the basics of the Python programming language, Daniel Samuels shows you the ropes. (Daniel Samuels)

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 Reviews

Ubuntu 13.10

While a new release is always a cause for celebration, with more of the same old, same old in Ubuntu 13.10, Shashank Sharma is a little disappointed. (Shashank Sharma)

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Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Graham Morrison gets lost in the crowdfunded game of stealth, menacing robots and constant updates. (Graham Morrison)

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Ouya

David Hayward tries out the little games console that promised so much. (David Hayward)

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PiGlow

Is Les Pounder dazzled by the latest add-on board from Pimoroni? (Les Pounder)

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Books

Cloudonomics and Learning Python (5th edition) (Andrew Gregory)

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Beginner distros

Ready to take the Linux plunge but unsure of which distro to go with? Shashank Sharma lists the five best choices for newcomers. (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

A million Pis, AbiWord, Cinnamon, Qt Developer Days, Web hosting (Andrew Gregory)

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What on Earth: What on Earth is Qt5

Marco Fioretti delves beneath the glossy exterior of the latest release. (Marco Fioretti)

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