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Issue 193 (January 2015) - Build a Linux media server

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Let’s play a game: imagine a world with no open source software. Imagine Steve Ballmer invented a time machine, went back to 1953 and prevented the birth of Richard Stallman, the father of the Free Software Foundation. Overnight, everything open source vanishes from the face of the planet – but what changes? Of course, GNU/Linux disappears. Something like 75% of the world’s web servers grind to a halt or have to switch to Windows. You can kiss goodbye to every Android phone and tablet too. You’re OK as you’re an Apple owner? Nope, the Darwin kernel is based in part on the open source BSD kernel, while Safari uses the open source WebKit, to take just two examples of the open source elements that power both its mobile iOS and desktop OS X operating systems. We’d be left in a world of Windows, but without iOS and Android to compete against, Microsoft would have been happy to continue flogging us all its Windows Mobile OS and Windows XP on the desktop. And with so many web technologies based on open source and open platforms, the internet as we know it would cease to exist: we’ve already kissed goodbye to Safari, but bang goes Chrome, Firefox, WordPress, Docker, OpenStack and OpenSSL – the list goes on and on. This was just a silly academic exercise, but the point is to show how widely open source is used. It increases choice: Android can be adopted and adapted by any company. It speeds adoption of technologies: source code has to be made publicly available, so everyone can use it and contribute to it. It reduces costs: there’s no need to develop technologies from scratch or buy them in at great cost, and tried and tested code can be reused. It fuels standards: Docker is a cloud phenomena that even Microsoft has to embrace. So as you read this issue, taking in open source media centres, streaming standards, open server systems, Minecraft alternatives, filesystems, drawing packages, OpenLDAP, alternative kernels, programming and so much more, just thank Stallman* open source exists at all.
*We realise someone else would have championed the philosophy, but as well as katana-wielding Stallman? Never!

 Features

Build a Linux media server

(Nick Peers)

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Minetest

(Jonni Bidwell)

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Next-generation filesystems

(Jonni Bidwell)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

(Chris Brown)

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Simpler firewalls with Ipset

(Daniil Baturin)

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Community and LUG news

(Les Pounder)

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Interview: A flight of fancy

Swedes make flying machines (Russell Barnes)

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 Coverdisc

DVD Pages

(Neil Bothwick)

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HotPicks

(Alexander Tolstoy)

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 Tutorials

Custom GRUB menus

(Neil Bothwick)

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Advanced text processing with Awk

(Andrew Mallett)

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Erase drives securely

(Sean Conway)

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Minix 3

(Richard Smedley)

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 Coding Academy

Cython

Give your Python code a shot in the arm (Jonni Bidwell)

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R

(Mihalis Tsoukalos)

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 Reviews

Cinnamon 2.4

(Mayank Sharma)

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Footy and Minecraft

Football Manager (Tom Hatfield) and Adventures in Minecraft (Jonni Bidwell)

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Hover

(Russell Barnes)

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Google Nexus 6

(Matt Swider)

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Google Nexus 9

(Matt Swider)

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Puppy Linux 6.0

(Shashank Sharma)

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Samsung Chromebook 2

(Kevin Lee)

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Vault

Vaultier 0.7 Community Edition (Shashank Sharma)

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Vector graphics editors

(Alexander Tolstoy)

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