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Issue 184 (May 2014) - Build your desktop

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Microsoft has dropped support for Windows XP - if you or anyone you know is still using the operating system, then let us help you migrate to Linux - it is incredibly easy!

Also this issue we look at the best desktop environments that you can use, no matter what your choice of distro is, as well as investigating how Linux, Raspberry Pi and open source software in general is being used in education. All this, plus an in depth look at Firefox OS, 3D printing and much more!

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Mint 16 Mega Mix - the latest version of Linux Mint with a choice of 10 best desktops, SystemRescueCD, HotPicks, tutorial code and more.

 Features

3D printing perfected

If you're going to invent the next big thing, 3D printing is your best friend. (Robin de Jongh)

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Build your desktop

So many desktops, but which to choose? We help you pick, install and tweak the perfect one for you. (Mayank Sharma)

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Learning with Linux

After years in the wilderness coding is returning to UK schools, and the free software community is leading the way. (Richard Smedley)

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Firefox OS: The story so far

We catch up with the Mozilla-grown OS to see how far its plans for world domination have come. (Linux Format)

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Interview: Adrian Bowyer

We talk to the creator of RepRap - the most widely used 3D printer on Earth. (Neil Mohr)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Dr Brown wonders why people just change their desktop wallpapers instead of making radical changes to the shell via command line. (Chris Brown)

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 Coverdisc

On the disc

Mint 16 Mega Mix, SystemRescueCd, IPFire, hot picks, tutorial code and more. (Neil Bothwick)

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The best new open source software on the planet

Krita JSON to CSV Converter, flex-fw, Galculator, newLISP, Frescobaldi, Asunder, The Legend of Edgar, Freecell Solver, sudo, pamrel.el (Richard Smedley)

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 Tutorials

Ditch XP, and switch to Linux

Linux can be a bit scary for newbies, so Neil Mohr and Matt Hanson are on hand to demonstrate how to swap dusty Windows XP for sparkly Mint 16. (Neil Mohr)

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Terminal: Apt-get in action

New to Linux? Let the ever-helpful Neil Bothwick guide you through your first steps with apt-get, the powerful command line tool. (Neil Bothwick)

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Hugin: Make beautiful panoramas

Terry Duell introduces Hugin and shows you how to stitch together panoramas and flat scanned images for impressive results. (Terry Duell)

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Ampache: DIY music streamer

We run through the Ampache way to getting your music streaming from your home server and streaming to your smartphone. (Neil Bothwick)

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Systemd: Make the switch

You’ve heard the debates, but what is it like? Neil Bothwick shows you how to get started with the new Debian default init system. (Neil Bothwick)

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 Coding Academy

Gambas: Almost Means Basic

Dr Chris Brown demonstrates how to create your first graphical application for Linux using an object-oriented version of Basic. That’s right – Basic! (Chris Brown)

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Python: Make a Twitter client

Jonni Bidwell shows you how to do Twitter like a boss. A command-line boss that accepts arguments and catches errors. (Jonni Bidwell)

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 Reviews

CAELinux

David Hayward goes engineering with the distro dedicated to the profession. (David Hayward)

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Linpus Lite 2.1

Has the battle for a touchscreen Linux distro found a victor? (David Hayward)

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Slackel 6.0 Openbox

A self-confessed Slackware fan, Shashank Sharma is pained to declare Slackel, a Slackware-based distro, as nothing special. (Shashank Sharma)

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Point Linux 2.3

Old school Gnome fan Shashank Sharma discovers a Debian-based distro that is designed for the expert campaigner and features the Mate desktop. (Shashank Sharma)

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R7000 Nighthawk

Can Netgear’s Nighthawk pump superfast AC Wi-Fi to the parts other routers cannot reach? (Henry Winchester)

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Wolfson audio card

Give your Raspberry Pi some serious audio beef. (Duncan Evans)

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Solid State Drives

Intel and Crucial's latest SSDs go head-to-head. (Simon Crisp)

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Game reviews

We take to the skies in Luftrausers and marvel at the glorious scenery in Spate. (Matt Hanson)

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Roundup: System monitors

Pre-empt hardware problems and more. Mayank Sharma marshals a bunch of monitoring tools that will help you keep an eye on your system. (Mayank Sharma)

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 More

News: All the latest news from the Linux universe

Linux gaming, ACPI security, Ubuntu laptop, Systemd and more. (Matt Hanson)

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What on Earth: OpenELEC

Matt Hanson dims the lights and pops some corn as he explores all the ins and outs of this exciting media-focused distro. (Matt Hanson)

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