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Issue 70 (September 2005) - Free at last! Debian 3.1

Pigs do fly - Sarge is finally here! Plus: future prospects for the world's most important distro...

 Features

Debian at a crossroads

Sarge is out at last - a release that at one time seemed as likely as soaring swine - but it's delays and waning influence, not features and improvements, that people are talking about. We assess the road ahead for this freest of Linux distributions. (Richard Drummond)

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Go fetch!

It'll sniff out documents and emails you thought you'd lost forever: is Beagle man's new best friend? Get it running with our guide. (Graham Morrison)

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Playtime on the web

While we've been getting excited by innovation on the desktop, web developers have been making great strides in interaction, content delivery and pure, raw speed. We look at BBC Backstage, AJAX and Google Maps... (Amias Channer)

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Interview: Gael Duval

The founding father of Mandrakesoft has seen his baby go from the brink of disaster to becoming part of a multinational Linux empire. How did he do it? And what's next for Mandriva? (Paul Hudson, Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

Double-sided DVD

Debian 3.1 and Fedora Core 4. Plus: UT2004 SAS add-on, Skype, Anjuta, Azureus, Bash Scripting Guide (Neil Bothwick)

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HotPicks

Anyterm, Critical Mass, Drivel, Firewall Builder, GRAMPS, KsirK, KXDocker, Lukutoukka, QPaMaT, Vazaar (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

Upgrades: Get the best from Gnome 2.10

Andy dons a pointy red hat and grabs his toy fishing rod to look at some of the new features of Gnome 2.10. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Fixing smiles

We help you brush up on masks, scissors, the Clone tool and other Gimp techniques to create a dentist's vision of the perfect smile. (Michael J Hammel)

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Emacs: The custom buffer

Part 2: We add extras to your newly compiled text editor. (Biagio Lucini)

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Perl: Sort your code

Part 2: Scared by abstruse Perl operators and regular expressions? Even more scared of the word abstruse? (Marco Fioretti)

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Subversion: Branches, tags and mergers

We explain how to manage your repository once development starts to expand. (Graham Morrison)

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PHP: The Monty Hall problem

Having problems with last issue's LXF Sudoku bounty? We show you how to solve such problems using brute force, a dash of brain power and a highly-trained team of goats. (Paul Hudson)

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 Reviews

OpenLaszlo 3.0

Flash is everyone's favourite proprietary format - now it's everyone's favourite open format... (Paul Hudson)

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Xandros Business Desktop OS 3.0

It's migration-friendly but it might be best to hold on to MS Office for a while. (Andy Channelle)

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Studio to Go!

We look at a Live distribution that aims to turn your beige box into Abbey Road Studios. But is it more Beatles For Sale than Sergeant Pepper? (Graham Morrison)

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Soul Ride

Graham straps a virtual snowboard to his feet, puts on his goggles and makes his cool face - but still can't quite get into this disappointing effort. (Graham Morrison)

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Astaro Security Linux

We look at a Linux firewall you don't have to be a command-line guru to use. (David Coulson)

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Intel C/C++ Compiler 9.0

Is Intel still producing the fastest compilers for x86 Linux? (Biagio Lucini)

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Text editors

Rated: CoolEdit, gEdit, GNU Emacs, Kate, Nano, NEdit, Minimum Profit, Vim (Tom Wilkinson)

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 More

News: Europe says 'NO' to software patents

Landmark decision removes immediate threat of US-style software patents. Plus: UK government launches open source testing lab; Mandriva and Lycoris merger; Apple's move to Intel; Gentoo founder Danien Robbins moves to Microsoft; RealBASIC for Linux; Knopp (Andy Channelle)

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What on Earth: PDTP

Nothing annoys Paul more than choosing a mirror; but will PDTP manage to end the rule of BitTorrent? (Paul Hudson)

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