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Issue 87 (Christmas 2006) - Fedora Core 6 Uncovered

Infinity + freedom + voice: the tech, community and future of Fedora

 Features

Fedora Core 6 uncovered

Infinity? Freedom? Is Fedora trying to corner the market on idealism? Why is a wiki better than DocBook? Who is actually in charge? We answer all the questions. (Nick Veitch)

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Tcl time

Want to spread your coding wings beyond C and Perl? Mike Saunders We kick off a new series exploring fascinating but lesser-known languages, starting with Tcl... (Mike Saunders)

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30 days with Gnome

Why do we prefer one desktop over another? Graham Morrison breaks a habit of a lifetime and uses Gnome for a month to find out. (Graham Morrison)

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Interview: Jeff Waugh

Jeff Waugh has left the comfort of Canonical to answer a calling from the GNU deskop. He's doing it, he tells us, for his mum... and the other billion software users who need FOSS. (Graham Morrison)

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Interview: Nat Friedman

The release of SLED 10 proved that Linux is ready for the business desktop. The project leader is Nat Friedman, and he maps out his vision of the future. (Nick Veitch)

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 Coverdisc

Mandriva Free 2007

Fast and simple installer, excellent hardware detection, and stacks of great software. Plus: magazine PDFs (security, speedups, hardware); OOo 2.0.4, Oxygen XML demo, security toolkit, conglomerate, games, essentials (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

GtkLife, Liferea, KBackup, Bluefish, Lost Labyrinth, X-Moto, HomeBank, MOC, Kdesvn (Richard Drummond)

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 Tutorials

QuiteInsane: A scanning project

It's not just big business that can benefit from legacy hardware - we rehabilitate the humble scanner. (Andy Channelle)

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Konqueror: Be a power user

Don't you love it when you find a fiver in a pocket, or some pesto in the back of the fridge? Here are 30 hidden gems from Konqueror... (Marco Fioretti)

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Mono: Write a Hello World

Want to learn to program? Here's your chance, with a new series on Mono, C# and .NET. (Paul Hudson)

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Ethereal: Check network traffic

Beat the script kiddies to it, by setting up a daily sniffing routine, monitor vulnerabilities and disable compromised applications. (Paul Hudson)

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Security: Build a Linux firewall

Any networked computer is open to attack. We show you how to reduce your vulnerability by creating a firewall using standard Linux tools. (Chris Brown)

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DocBook: Write better docs

What do the kernel, FreeBSD, KDE and Gnome have in common? Documentation, as it turns out. We present the neat new technology behind it. (Paul Hudson)

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 Reviews

Oxygen 7.2

Creating tagged text should be exciting and fun! Brace yourself for an XML editor that is really well-formed. (Nick Veitch)

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Mandriva Powerpack 2007

Publicity describes the latest release of this distro as a quantum leap. With Gael Duval's departure, we ask: in which direction? (Graham Morrison)

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Valgrind 3.2.1

We descend to the underworld of debugging, using nothing but Valgrind to shine light on those bugs the other tools just can't see. (Graham Morrison)

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Fedora Core 6 vs Ubuntu 6.10

Ubuntu's giant community and Shuttleworth's millions versus Fedora's giant community and Red Hat's... well, whatever it has. (Andy Hudson)

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Web browsers

Amaya, Dillo, Epiphany, Firefox, Galeon, Konqueror, Links2, Lynx, Opera, SeaMonkey (Richard Drummond)

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 More

News: Rift widens over GPLv3

Kernel pragmatists and FSF idealists argue over direction of cornerstone open source license. Plus: IBM opens up on patent applications, Mandriva acquires Linbox FAS, Libya orders OLPC, France weighs up ODF, Portland 1.0 (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Old school

Slackware Linux 11.0. Plus: Sabayon Linux 3.1, Ichthux, Ubuntu Christian Edition, newest software table. (Ladislav Bodnar)

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What on Earth: Harmony

If beer isn't free, why should coffee be? We examine the latest attempt to free the Java programming language. (Paul Hudson)

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