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Installing software

Some readers have been saying that they want us to provide more detailed information about software installation in every issue. We already have the Newbie Zone pages and tutorials on the DVD each issue, but it seems they want more. Problem is, we're a bit unsure what to do - if we expanded Newbie Zone to six pages each issue it would mean regular readers would get six pages of nearly identical content each month: "how to install software" and such.

Looking for a cheap laptop?

Just as I return home from a sabbatical, my laptop decided to die on me. Now, my laptop is my primary source of entertainment (programming), so I had to find a replacement quickly and - thanks to the sabbatical being unpaid - relatively cheaply. My main requirements were heaps of RAM (I make extensive use of virtual machines), two cores, a big screen (my laptop rarely leaves the house), and enough hard drive space to store vast amounts of code and its associated media.

El Grito!

Tomorrow is Mexican Independence Day, so this lunchtime Effy selected the finest ingredients and made us tacos aplenty. It's like there's a fiesta in my mouth!


I like Chinese

Well, I'm back, and apparently I'm still working on Linux Format - sorry, Graham!

Latest Special edition on sale now

The Beginner's Guide to Linux we made a few months ago was wildly successful; so much so that people are still ringing us up at LXF Towers trying to get a copy even though it sold out months ago.

Good news then: the latest special edition, Linux Made Easy, is on sale now, with heaps of tutorials, a specially tweaked version of Ubuntu to help get newbies up and running, plus the entire text of the first beginner's guide included as PDFs on the DVD. That's right, as there's no way to get the last special, we've included the PDFs with the current issue.

The eyes… they never close…

Ambling back to LXF Towers this sunny lunchtime, I came across a sinister black car with a tripod on the roof. That tripod was holding eight cameras for a 360 degree view. Now, this isn't the sort of thing you normally see in Bath, but as I got closer to the car, I saw a logo on the side. The logo of information. Google.

Linux World 2008 remarks

I returned home from the sunny delights of San Francisco on Friday. It was an eleven-hour flight, and I was crushed into steerage class on an aging Boeing 777. After the guy in front put his seat into the recline position, my head was about 6 inches away from the top of his head. Nice if you’re studying alopecia, not so great if you want to open your laptop. I would have preferred to watch Iron Man six times over. But I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. I love travelling and the chance to see new places.


Inspired by Microsoft's really (really!) poor marketing campaign called the 'It's not that the product's bad, you're all just stupid' project, I thought I'd have my own go at a scientific view of how good Vista is or isn't.

Linux World 2008

How long did it take to fly to San Francisco from the UK? Around the same length of time it took to play six showings of the Iron Man movie, one after the other. Everyone else in the cabin seemed to be asleep, and I was left alone and awake in the dark watching the flicker from a dozen different screens silently playing Iron Man. I never want to see Robert Downey Jr's stupid beard ever again.

Wind up?

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