There has been some discussion on our forums about learning to program. More specifically, some readers have found it relatively easy to pick up the basics, but are struggling to advance beyond that into the world of Real Projects.
...to Mike Heyman for sending me this T-shirt:
Thanks Mike! And on a completely unrelated note:
Microsoft spent $8 billion on research and development last year, and this is what it has to show for it. If you can make it to the end of the video without cringing your face into a cramp, you probably have your speakers muted.
We produced an LXF special just over a year ago that focused on learning all about OpenOffice.org. Sadly, back then the distribution of our special magazines was fairly small, so we got a lot of emails from people months later saying "if I had known it was on sale, I would have bought it!"
Well, that special is back, fully updated for OOo 3.0, and it goes on sale from today. As per usual, it will take a few weeks to get to all our worldwide readers, but we are working to get the thing onto My Favourite Magazines for online purchasing ASAP - we'll post here when it's available.
Folks who have already received their copy of Linux Format 115 may already have noticed that it is a different size to their previous issues. This is, of course, deeply annoying for OCD people like me who like to arrange their magazines perfectly on the shelf. Of course, my magazine shelf became overloaded with issues a few months ago, collapsing under the weight of it all and tossing my careful efforts over the floor. I think it made me develop a nervous twitch.
I wasn't quite as productive as Mike over the holiday period. I had great plans for all that spare time, but I don't seem to have done anything with it. My Monome step-sequencer project is still on hold, and I barely touched a computer. However, I did build a theremin!
A slightly belated Happy New Year from everyone at LXF Towers!
So, 2009 eh? What can we expect to see in the Linux community -- and the wider computing world -- over the next 12 months? Without a doubt, 2008 was the Year of the Netbook. Initially dismissed as a fad by tech pundits around the intertubes, netbooks have been a storming success with almost every laptop manufacturer releasing some form of itty-bitty machine. Best of all, a good deal of them are being shipped with some form of Linux variant, guiding new users onto the path of Free Software.
We'd love to write a feature on how to get Asterisk working in the home, but sadly we're a bit short on experts in that area. Are you such a person? Do you know someone who might be? If so, drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll talk.
Apologies for the illustration on p46 of LXF114. Please don't send us letter bombs.
Hugs and kisses,