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Issue 151 (December 2011) - Conquer the command line

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Be the boss of your computer, diagnose and fix problems, expand your Linux skillset, and get real work done fast

Mandriva 2011 - the distro that started a thousand users is back

LibreOffice vs Word: get them to play nicely together

On the 4GB DVD: Mandriva 2011, a superb distro for newbies. Plus CAINE, FlightGear, development tools, games, guides and more

Tutorials on file encryption, Android coding, Arduino hacking, Arch AUR...

 Features

Conquer the command line

Immense power is at your fingertips - you just need to know how to use it. Here's how to get to grips with the CLI... (Jonathan Roberts)

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Recycle old kit

Neil dusts off some ancient PCs and discovers there's plenty of life left in them yet. (Neil Bothwick)

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18 steps to better Data Security

The jewel in your computer's crown isn't the OS, or the hardware - it's your data, some of which might be irreplaceable. Here are some safety tips. (Neil Bothwick)

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Inside Mandriva

Sacked developers, financial headaches and technology trials - it's been a tough year for Mandriva. We investigate... (Mayank Sharma)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Server rollouts striking a bad chord? Let Ubuntu Orchestra bring some harmony back into your life. Plus: getting started with virtualisation. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Chase Douglas

Canonical's user interface coder spills the guts on squeezing multi-touch into Ubuntu... (Mike Saunders)

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 Coverdisc

Mandriva 2011

Polished and refined distro for new users and experienced Linux fans alike. Plus: CAINE digital forensics distro, Puppy Linux, FlightGear, GParted Live, game, guides and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Skrooge, Potrace, Pstoedit, Miro, Sigil, SlowmoVideo, GnuPG, TripleA, Triplane, Nethogs, ZoneMinder (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

File encryption: keeping secrets

Got a super new business idea you don't want your competitors finding out about? Here's how to lock down your computer. (Jonathan Roberts)

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LibreOffice: The way with Word

Make incomprehensible fonts and bizarre layouts a forgotten footnote with these tips and advice on document harmony. (Ben Everard)

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Arch: Master the User Repository

We tackle one of the best aspects of the ever popular Arch distribution and show you how to install the latest cutting-edge software. (Graham Morrison)

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Arduino: Build your own board

Tired of inadvertently blowing up hardware? Nick decides to have a go at putting together one of his own - and finds it's easier than he thought. (Nick Veitch)

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XBMC: Set up a media centre

We can't supply the giant HDTV or the top-of-the-range surround-sound but we can help you build the digital media hub to plug it all into. (Simon Quain)

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Build your own firewall

You could protect your system with any old firewall but it's much more fun to construct a bespoke Linux-based installation. Here's how. (James Litton)

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 Coding Academy

Modern Perl: Track your reading

Modern Perl makes it simple to write a database program - say, for example, to keep tabs on your books - without using SQL. (Dave Cross)

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Back to basics: Using conditionals

Any non-trival program needs to make decisions based on circumstances: We explain coding ifs and buts. (Mike Saunders)

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Python: Make custom tooltips

Build a simple working music player and add custom tooltips to the file list. Nick is the man who knows how. (Nick Veitch)

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Android: Music on the move

In the first of this two-part tutorial, we look at MediaPlayer and get a basic MP3 player up and running. (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

Mandriva 2011.0

Has a change of ownership saved Mandriva or should we rely on the community fork? We find out what a difference a year makes. (Bob Moss)

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FlightGear 2.4.0

Alex clips on his epaulettes, downs a quick whiskey, and straps himself into the cockpit for the latest instalment of this classic indie flight sim. (Alex Cox)

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Qt Creator 2.3

A major IDE update gives Graham one less excuse for resurrecting KAlbum. (Graham Morrison)

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RawTherapee 3.0

The camera mat not lie, but it can be obstinate with the truth. We discover the most terrifying way to torture images into confession. (Adam Oxford)

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Email clients

On test: Evolution, KMail, Thunderbird, Claws Mail, Zimbra Desktop (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: Ubuntu to go monthly?

Canonical dev suggests revitalising distro's release cycle. Plus: Ubuntu developer portal; KDE gains from Summer of Code; Microsoft moves to lock out Linux with UEFI; Casio pays Microsoft for right to use Linux; Red Hat reveals staggering growth. (Andrew Gregory)

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Distrowatch: Mandriva 2011

An old kernel, a new RPM and a strange desktop characterise the new-look distribution. Plus: Arch Linux 2011.08.19, Fedora 16, KDE 5 coming up. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Do Not Track

Discover how to keep advertisers off your trail with the latest browsing privacy feature. (Jonathan Roberts)

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