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evilnick
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:01 am    Post subject: Any subscribers got the Firefox Reply with quote

issue yet? We'd be interested in your comments
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Rhakios
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, yes. A very stylish looking cover, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Or are you fishing for comments about your new picture? Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In work right now and can't provide specific comments, but I thought it was a good read, off the top of my head both the firefox and the GCC 4.0 articles were good, and the KDE vs Gnome was lighthearted and provided a chuckle Laughing

p.s. good to have the site back!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought today, not read yet.
Saw it alongside the competition (ahem) in WH Smith's today. Checked out all three. No contest Smile. Fantastic cover, relevant content. Shame I'm not techy enough for Slackware, but the rest of the DVD looks cool.

One thing, they only had the DVD edition. Is the CD one still going?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting LXF on subscription now and I'd like to say (a) this is the first mag I have subscribed to that actually reaches me at home several days before it appears in the newsagents, which is great; and (b) I'm extremely impressed with the way it is packaged - that piece of cardboard makes all the difference.

The content just seems to get better and better. Keep up the good work, guys.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would second that - especially with regard to the packaging. It's about the only mag that I've had delivered that seems to be Postman-proof Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you want to change places Guy? I tried a couple of places round here, Borders and WHS, and they only had the CD edition.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What, huh? Theres a new version of LXF out now!!........Will go down to WHS and get my copy tomorrow........
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obionekanewbie



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

got me issue in good time. first mag i have subscribed too! better than the wifes Now mag anyway!

.... about firefox... great article.... using the tips already editing away at the about:config!!!

cheers.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2005 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i havent got it yet, but immediatly I can tell it will be brilliant.. i can now finally upgrade my Slack from 10.0 from Issue 57 to 10.1

Ive been waiting for a 10.1 coverdisk forver! Smile

The Firefox article looks promising also Surprised
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guy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nelz wrote:
Do you want to change places Guy? I tried a couple of places round here, Borders and WHS, and they only had the CD edition.


Don't think LXF could afford me Wink

Some shops get them all mixed up on the shelves, too. The difference between DVD cases and CD sleeves must be too technical for magazine sales staff. How about changing the colour of say the header strip and the "LINUX FORMAT" title between the CD and DVD editions, to make it easier to tell them apart? Some creative work in shades of grey overlaid on the orange and white might keep the differences to the black ink, which you already use to distinguish the editions.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Like the issue Smile especially the mailserver article. It's nice to see a straightforward comparison of them. The URL for the the SmoothWall site is incorrect though Confused It should be www.smoothwall.net. Also the DansGuardian filtering proxy is available for the OS version of Smoothwall (SmoothWall Express). You can get it from here. Privoxy is also a good at controlling/blocking cookies, banners and popups (also available for SmoothWall)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoy LXF and have been a subscriber since LXFD23.

LXF66 is very smart, but more important full of useful content.

However even the best can improve a bit.

Suggestion:

I like the way you surround input text in blue to make it clear when it's a single line despite printing it on more thn one line to fit the magazine column. What I find very difficult to establish is where the spaces are. Now I know it's terribly old fashioned, but why don't you use a mono spaced font. Then the spaces would be as clear as a bell. In one of the tutorials this month there is one command that is very difficult to decipher and would require several experiments to get it right. It is (on page 85)

grep '<DT><A HREF="' $1 | cut '-d"' -f2 > url_list

Now is that HREF= " ' or HREF= ' " (spaces added for clarity)
and cut '-d " ' or cut '-d ' "

I am sure you are going to say that it's obvious because of the matching parentheses, but a newbie doesn't know that. It is enfuriatingly frustrating when trying to follow these tutorials to be unsure what one should be typing. A monospaced font would resolve that instantly.

On the same page:

\rm url_list
\rm url_control_tmp
touch url_control_tmp

are marked in a single blue area which I thought meant a single command. Is this a publishing error?

Keep up the great work.

Kind regards,

Andrew Ballantine
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evilnick
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the dawn of computer magazines, code listings have been troublesome. I remember typing in several pages of listings for my ZX80 (on its touch sensitive keyboard!) only to find it didn't work - and worse still, after checking it three times it still didn't work because somehow a comma got missed out of the printed version.

We use a proportional font because it dramatically reduces the amount of space for the listing. It does cause problems, but so do the lines breaking, and there would be a lot more of them with a monospace font. On the whole, I think it works this way. I do take the point about spaces though. It's something we'll have to look at. Perhaps we should double the spaces or something.

Sometimes the code boxes don't work properly. Sorry, mistakes happen, and while we are breaking in some new production monkeys, they are likely to make one or two mistakes. Sorry.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished reading the latest mag, its brilliant, but then it always is! Wink

I especially liked the firefox feature, more of that please!
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