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How often do you reboot your server(s)?

Linux has a reputation as a stable operating system that doesn't often need rebooting. So we were wondering, how often do you boot your systems, and why?

We're mainly interested in figures for server systems, not desktops, and we realise that some intelligent guesswork may be needed to fill in the answers. Just give a reasonable estimate. If we get a decent response we'll publish the results in Linux Format.

LXF DVDs: time for 64-bit?

As regular readers know, we run 32-bit incarnations of distros on the LXF DVD, including 64-bit versions (where available) as extras in ISO image format. Given that most machines made in the last few years are 64-bit, we're thinking of switching over.

For instance, when Ubuntu 9.10 arrives, we can make the DVD boot into the 64-bit version and have the 32-bit edition as an ISO image. In other words, the reverse of before. What do you think?

Women scare me

I discovered something new last night. Something that sounds like torture. Something so terrible that I'm not even going to look it up on Wikipedia just in case it has pictures. Something that, if you're a husband and as blissfully ignorant as me, you may well find yourself asking your wife about then laughing in disbelief.



I'm never going near a girl again.

Geek spotting at OSCON

Graham and I spent last week attending OSCON in the US, where we had the time to chat to a wide spectrum of geeks from all areas of Free Software. For me, OSCON is a great chance to reconnect my brain to the mains power source of open source - everyone is happy to sit down for a chat about their latest projects, people are discussing weird and wonderful hacks, and, for once, geeks unite under a common banner: it doesn't matter what software you use, as long as it's Free.

Spend our money

I'm sitting on a huge pile of cash, and want to spend it commissioning awesome Linux articles for you awesome people to read and say, "hey, that was awesome." So, tell me: what do you want to read? Seriously - pitch your ideas here and I'll do my best to find someone to write them up.

I don't care whether you read LXF once a year or only ever skim the forums now and then; your opinion is very welcome, so post a comment below listing the things you'd like to read. Be as specific as you like!

Welcome to the new website

Yes, it's here: we've rebuilt and relaunched the Linux Format website to be cleaner, faster and easier to navigate. Along the top you'll find quick access to all the areas of the site - eg the forums, archives, newsletters - while on this front page we'll be posting updates about the magazine and other Linux-related fun. Please let us know what you think!

Announcing the LXF EcoDisc!

We try to do our bit for the environment at LXF HQ — we recycle as much as possible, and I program solely in assembly language to save electrons. But we want to do more, so as of Linux Format issue 121 we’re switching to a new type of DVD: EcoDisc. Now, worry not - the disc content is still the same: 4GB packed with distros, software, tutorials, podcasts and more. But physically the disc uses less energy and fewer materials to manufacture, and it’s also lighter and therefore requires less energy to transport. That doesn’t seem like much for a single DVD, but when you consider 30,000 discs moving around the planet, it all adds up!

Linux Format wallpapers

We've just put online some Linux Format cover backgrounds over at TuxRadar. They're free to download, modify, redistribute, etc, so go and enjoy! If there are particular cover backgrounds you'd like to have as a wallpaper, let us know and we'll see what can be done. If a cover image builds upon an image licensed from a third party then we can't give it away, but if you don't ask you'll never know!

Announcing The Answers Archive

In months gone by we've put PDFs of Linux Format articles online for conversion to different formats and, thanks to the excellent work of the community, we've been able to expand our wiki with more guides and help for all Linux users. Cheers to everyone who got involved!

Now we're looking to do something similar, but with the Answers section of the magazine. Each month, we print problems and solutions in Answers and we'd love to be able to share the fixes with the internet. So we're starting a new project -- The Answers Archive -- and you'll find all the information here:

Open Ballot - proprietary codecs

We're just about to record the TuxRadar podcast #4, and this episode our Open Ballot question is: should distros make it easy for users to install proprietary codecs/drivers/apps on Linux? Please give a yes or no answer, and show your workings to get all the marks available for this question. The best/funniest/most Morrissey-referencing posts will be read out on air.

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