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Issue 281 (October 2021) - Customise Mint 20

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Put the personal touch on your Linux distro as we help you customise Mint 20.2 with new desktops, new settings and loads more. We help you get started with some easy desktop hopping, making Plasma play nice with Wayland, tweaking Cinnamon to work how you like and exploring lightweight alternatives like i3.

PLUS: CopyQ super clipboard, Atari 800 emulation, using server certificates, the best paint packages, open source mapping, better Steam gaming, retro racing games, build a Pi pin-hole camera, improve your Nextcloud install and more!

 Features

Customise Mint 20!

Linux Mint is fantastic, but it’s also very flexible. Jonni Bidwell reveals how to make it your own. (Jonni Bidwell)
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It's a virtual server world

From a caravan in Wales, David Rutland takes you on a touring holiday through the world of virtual private servers so you can run your own (a server, not a caravan) (David Rutland)
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Answers

Sorting out Deskreen for the Pi, read-only USB sticks, Windows 98 emulation, kernel update GRUB madness, DVD booting UEFI tricks and Qnap NAS fixes. (Neil Bothwick)
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 Coverdisc

DVD pages

Mint 20.2 Cinnamon (Jonni Bidwell)
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Hotpicks

PDF Mix Tool, DroidCam, Fractal, Polyfoto, ImprovedTube, LSD, Pam_usb, Billiards, Blues Brothers, EasyEffects and Latte Dock. (Alexander Tolstoy)
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 Tutorials

TLDR - replacing man

(Shashank Sharma)
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Copyq

(Nick Peers)
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Emulation - Atari 800

(Les Pounder)
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Certificates

(Stuart Burns)
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Qgis - open mapping

(Mike Bedford)
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Steam - better gaming

(Michael Reed)
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Drawing with Scratch

(Les Pounder)
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Build a pinhole Pi camera

(Mike Bedford)
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Build a better Nextcloud

(Christian Cawley)
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 Coding Academy

Build a dynamic security pipeline

(Tim Armstrong)
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Classic pseudo-3D racing effects

(Andrew Smith)
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 Reviews

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G

(Linux Format)
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Adata XPG Gammix SSD

(Jeremy Laird)
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Pop!_OS 21.04

(Neil Bothwick)
Available as a PDF to subscribers.

NixOS 21.05

(Neil Bothwick)
Available as a PDF to subscribers.

EndeavourOS 2021.08

(Neil Bothwick)
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Linux Mint 20.2

(Jonni Bidwell)
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Griftlands

(Linux Format)
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SparkFun qwiic pHat

(Les Pounder)
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Digital art programs

Krita 4.3, GIMP 2.10, Karbon 3.2, Inkscape 1.1, MyPaint 2.1 (Michael Reed)
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 More

News: News

Google takes shots at the handling of kernel security issues, StackOverflow returns the results of its dev survey, all the details on LibreOffice 7.2, Mozilla Common Voice improves and Russia makes RISC-V CPUs. (Matt Hanson)
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News: Kernel Watch

(Jon Masters)
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News: Pi news

Introduced by Josh Lowe. The new Pi recycling scheme is launched, we look at a new Argon NAS and Pi goes to the movies! (Les Pounder)
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