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Issue 215 (September 2016) - Hack Linux!

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We take a deep dive into the kernel and explore how it was developed and what makes it tick. Also this issue, we cover the best free and open source accounting tools and go in-depth with the development of Linux distros.

 Features

Birth of the Linux kernel

As the kernel celebrates its 25th birthday this year, Mayank Sharma traces its origins and recounts its numerous milestones and achievements. (Mayank Sharma)

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Rise of the Distros

Linus released the Linux kernel 25 years ago, but the concept of a distribution did not come about until later. We trace the journey from a humble Usenet post to Canonical's Ubuntu. (Jonni Bidwell)

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 Coverdisc

DVD pages

Fedora 24 (64-bit), Neon 5.7.2 (64-bit), Voyager 16.04 (64-bit) and Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.5 (64-bit) (Neil Bothwick)

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LXF 215 HotPicks

Tolstoy seeks out the best free and open source software with his legion of 3D-printed drones: Cumulus, Ghetto-Skype, Gimp, La Maperia, Lepton, NaSC, Nutty, Qloud, Qt WebBrowser. (Alexander Tolstoy)

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 Tutorials

Python Turtle

Les Pounder loves pizza and knows no martial arts, although he has been known to wander the sewers at night, but he still has Turtle Power. (Les Pounder)

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Python: Dead man's switch

Turn your Pii into a handy dead man's switch to send emails or updates for you in case the worst happens. (Nate Drake)

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Terminal: Display settings

Go beyond the confines of Screen Display settings to take full control of your display resolution settings with xrandr. (Nick Peers)

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Drones: Flying your own drone

Assembling the PXFMini drone is only the start--now the contruction's over it's time to fine tune. (Alastair Jennings)

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GPS: Precise device location

Learn how and why you should pair a postage-stamp-sized Adafruit Ultimate GPS receiver HAT with a Raspberry Pi. (Sean Conway)

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LTTng: Tracing apps in Linux

Introducing the essentials of software tracing and how to use LTTng for understanding what's happening on a running system. (Mihalis Tsoukalos)

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Mr Brown's Administeria

Esoteric system administration goodness from the impenetrable bowels of the server room. This month: AI beer brewer and Unikernels. (Jolyon Brown)

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 Coding Academy

Redis: NoSQL data stores

The essentials you'll need to know about for getting started with Redis, the in-memory data structure store. (Mihalis Tsoukalos)

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Python: Using Threads

Want maximum flexibility and power? We'll show you what you need to know to start creating threads using Python. (Mihalis Tsoukalos)

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 Reviews

Dell Precision 7710

(Linux Format)

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Up Board

(Les Pounder)

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GeForce GTX 1060

(Linux Format)

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Korora 24: Sheldon

(Jonni Bidwell)

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OpenStack Administration Fundamentals (LFS252

(Jonni Bidwell)

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Roundup: Financial software

Envelope, KMyMoney, GnuCash, Grisbi and Skrooge. (Alexander Tolstoy)

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 More

News: We cover

The rise of the botnets, countries embracing FOSS, AMD open-sourcing its rendering engine, Linux desktop market share grows (a bit) and Toyota joining the Open Invention Network for smart vehicles. (Matt Hanson)

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News: Pi user

Pi Wars 2007, Pident pod and Formula Pi! (Les Pounder)

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