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Issue 126 (Christmas 2009) - Make Linux look awesome!

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Upgrade your OS with the best desktops of 2010

KDE on test - which distro is best for KDE 4?

Email made easy - stop fighting your inbox!

Network security - Learn to spot hackers and keep them out

On the free 4GB DVD: KDE 4.3 and Gnome 2.28 Live - try the hottest desktop tech today. Plus: Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Moblin 2, Puppy Linux...

Tutorials on Google Chrome, Gimp, shell scripting, Python and more

 Features

Ultimate eye candy

We take the fight for the best-looking desktop to Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Have at you! (Graham Morrison)

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Shell scripting: automate common tasks

If repetitive operations bore you, here's how to automate them. (Bob Moss)

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Super Snooper

We show you how to sniff the traffic on your network using Wireshark, and protect your private data from being revealed to the world. (Martin Meredith)

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Get to grips with /proc and /sysfs

Did you think that everything-is-a-file was ancient Unix gibberish? Think again: we delve into the virtual files that keep your box going. (Juliet Kemp)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

LimeSurvey - construct and conduct your own web-based surveys with zesty free tools. Plus: Apache virtual hosts and modules on Debian, and understanding the Tomcat server. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Evan Prodromou

The Identi.ca founder explains status as a service and why it's awesome. (Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

KDE 4.3 and Gnome 2.28 Live

Try the hottest new Linux desktops today! Plus: Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Moblin, Puppy Linux, games, podcasts and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Booh, Transmageddon, Vym, BloGTK, Lunar Lander, Xye, Diffuse, Imagination, Tiny Ear Trainer, Fluidity. (Andy Hudson)

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 Tutorials

Chromium: Get browsing

Chromium, the Linux version of Google Chrome, is the shiniest browser on the market. We show you what to do with it. Plus: keeping up to date in OpenSUSE. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Leopard-style icons

A Leopard-based desktop starts with professionally styled icons. This month our Gimp expert makes icon design a breeze. (Michael J Hammel)

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DVDStyler: Edit home videos

Part 3: Having assembled some great footage, we show you how to make it available to friends and family. (Andy Channelle)

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Email: Set local accounts

If managing your mail is a drag, you can take the power back. (Bob Moss)

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Python: Get on the map!

Nick is plotting again, but this time it's for a good cause. Discover the most photogenic part of your neighbourhood with geodata maps... (Nick Veitch)

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Privoxy: Control web access

Shashank dons the latex gloves of a HM Customs officer to strip, inspect and sanitise web pages with the Privoxy web filter. (Shashank Sharma)

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 Reviews

Shadowgrounds

In the dark, nobody can see our intrepid reviewer. Or the hordes of mutant aliens coming towards them. Read on to find out which is worse... (Nick Veitch)

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Gnome 2.28

The Gnome project's latest desktop comes just in time to be bolted on to Karmic Koala. But what's in it for the rest of us? (Mayank Sharma)

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Moblin 2.0

At last, a distro designed for netbooks from the start. We wonder whether Moblin is the future of the netbook or just another respin. (Neil Bothwick)

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Ubuntu 9.10

Armed with eucalyptus leaves, we head into the bush to find that rarest of creatures - the exciting Ubuntu release. (Graham Morrison)

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Qnap TS-239 Pro

Here's a NAS box that looks like it's going to put up a good challenge to the award-winning Synology DS209+II. (Graham Morrison)

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KDE distributions

Explore the kream of Linux distributions that don't treat the Kool Desktop Environment as a second-class citizen. (Graham Morrison)

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 More

News: Betting the firm on smartphones and Qt

Nokia ports Qt to multiple platforms ahead of big Linux phone push. Plus: London Stock Exchange switches to Linux; Hulu IPTV introduces a Linux client; Firefox 3.6 preview; Red Hat and Microsoft working on VM tech; Android on netbooks; Google Wave. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Slackware is back

It's causing controversy in the community, but could this be lucky number 13? Plus: Puppy Linux 4.3.0, DesktopBSD 1.7, distro hoppers. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Google Wave

Bob looks at the key features of Google's latest web innovation, and explains why it could soon leave email feeling all washed-up. (Bob Moss)

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