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Issue 197 (May 2015) - Ingenious Raspberry Pi Projects
Welcome to Raspberry Pi Format, or at least that’s what it might feel like to some regular readers. The truth is, considering just how popular the Raspberry Pi has become – it’s easily the fastest-selling UK home computer and will likely even surpass the 12 million Amstrads managed during the entire ‘80s and ‘90s – we barely give it coverage. So with five million original Pi users and thousands of new Pi 2 owners gnashing at the bit for exciting projects to try and coding knowledge to learn, it’s about time for another Pi issue. So with the Raspberry Pi Foundation celebrating three years of the Raspberry Pi and an entirely new model, we thought it’d be a fine time to cover the Pi Party and dive into our best-new Raspberry Pi projects with Pi-expert and general Linux-socialite Les Pounder.
Even so, those 15 packed pages are just 15% of the total magazine which we’re devoting to the Pi, which does run GNU/Linux at its heart, so it’s still Linux. The rest of Linux Format retains its usual focus on hard-core desktop and server Linux. Just take a look at the Virtual Machine Roundup, it shows how things are always evolving and we think VirtualBox has finally lost its virtual crown.
Talking of change you’ve more than likely heard that Ubuntu Phone is here, and we’ve reviewed the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition. This is THE Ubuntu Phone to have, challenging the best of the mobile world with its octa-core processor and low cost. Mr Brown explains the challenges a sysadmin has fending off exploits, Doc Brown continues his programming master-class for sysadmins and if you’re up for a challenge why not tackle functional programming with Haskell. If all that’s a bit too much, you can grab our cover disc this month and install SteamOS for some gaming fun by following the in-depth guide. There’s never been a better time to have fun with Linux!