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Issue 113 (Christmas 2008) - Build your own distro

Your software, your style, your skills -- have Linux your way and get the distro you've always wanted

The voice from the trenches: our reader round table tackles the biggest issues in free software

Get mobile broadband working with your Linux laptop

On the 4GB DVD: Linux made easy with Mandriva One 2009. Plus: OOo 3, Gimp 2.6 and 466 pages of tutorials

Tutorials on KDE 4, Python game programming, Gimp printing and the Postfix mail server

 Features

Build your own distro

Freedom means never having to put up with someone else's vision of what Linux should be. (Paul Hudson, Daniel James)

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Readers' round table

We venture outside LXF Towers to meet a few readers and discuss life, Linux and the lack of cheap parking in Bath. (Mike Saunders, Graham Morrison)

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Ultimate Ulteo

LXF decodes the lifestyle marketing and hyperbole to explain what Ulteo is, why it's important and what it could do for the average Linux user. (Graham Morrison)

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Mobile broadband

Can you really use Linux on your laptop while on the move? We look at the latest mobile broadband offerings and see how well they work. (Neil Bothwick)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

The doctor deals with security books, Clonezilla, and chroot jails using Jailkit (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Jeremy Allison

He's known to many as 'that Samba bloke', but there's a lot more to Mr Allison. (Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

Mandriva One 2009

Easy-to-use Live Linux distro. Plus: Zenwalk 5.2, OpenOffice.org 3, Gimp 2.6 and 466 pages of tutorials (PDFs) (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

BashStyle-NG, Blosxom, Chromium, Ignuit, Lzip, Lighttpd, Makagiga, OHRRPGCE, SMPlayer, Sockso (Paul Hudson)

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 Tutorials

First steps

Learn to use KDE 4's Dolphin file manager, and tweak the desktop to your exact liking. (Andy Channelle)

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Coding: shuffle and shift tiles

With a few simple nuggets of PyGame nous under your belt, it's time for a more complicated game. (Mike Saunders)

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Media: Karaoke and cartoons

We explore a little-known corner of the Inkscape universe and take a crash course in karaoke compilation. (Marco Fioretti)

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Gimp: Printing and colour

Gimp, CUPS and Gutenprint are a fellowship that can lead you on your quest for high quality prints. (Michael J Hammel)

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Postfix: Build an email server

Who says that only big corporations can have a fully customised email system? Here's how to build your own... (Marco Fioretti)

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 Reviews

Vendetta Online

We strap into the acceleration couch for a spot of massively multiplayer space exploration, but is there anybody out there? (James Carey)

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US Robotics 56k USB modem

Even in the age of broadband, an old-fashioned plug-and-play modem is still a useful gadget. (Graham Morrison)

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Canon MP610

Graham finds that putting ink on paper has come a long way since his parents bought him an Okimate. (Graham Morrison)

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Ardour 2.5

Can the latest update tempt musicians, sound engineers and producers away from proprietary tools? (Daniel James)

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Budget PCs

Always shy to open his wallet, Alex checks out some PCs perfect for the discerning modern pinchpenny. Tested: Acer Aspire SA90, CIS PC5E, EfficientPC Wraith, Esys EPC A40001L, Yoyotech AMD Primate (Alex Cox)

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 More

News: BBC to deliver on iPlayer promise

Spooks, Coast and QI downloads almost ready for Linux and Mac OS X. Plus: OpenOffice.org 3 released; EVO Smart Console; Mono 2; Cisco seeks Linux coders; Airbus A380s with Linux inside (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Distrowatch

PC-BSD 7.0: FreeBSD 7 and KDE 4.1.1 provide the sound basis for this popular and easy-to-use package. Plus: gOS 3.0, Foresight Kids Edition, worldwide distro popularity (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Splashtop

We show you how to get the fastest Linux in the west. (Paul Hudson)

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