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Articles by Bob Moss
Tutorial: LibreOffice Basic
Tutorial: Libreoffice: Impress
- Create a strong presentation!
- Project management
Tutorial: LibreBase exciting databases
Tutorial: NextCloud on AWS
Tutorial: LibreOffice Calc
Review: OpenShot 2.4.0
Tutorial: Manage your email
Tutorial: Vagrant VMs made easy
Tutorial: Scribus: Grand designers
- Master flyers, banners and newsletters with help from Bob and our own Effy!
Tutorial: Create your own bootable pen drive
- When Android and MeeGo just won't cut it, join us in unleashing the full power of your Linux desktop wherever you go
Review: 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.
Tutorial: Security: Protect your desktop
- Shield yourself from online nasties and arm yourself with all the right tools to fend off a data disaster with our security masterclass.
Tutorial: Backup: Secure your data
- Avoid the trials and tribulations of a data-loss disaster with this crash course in backing up all your stuff and recovering lost files.
Tutorial: Wine: Windows apps in Linux
- Like it or not, at some point you could well need to run Microsoft Office in your favourite OS. We look at two different ways to do it.
Tutorial: An introduction to Zenwalk
- Find your own path to spiritual enlightenment with this fast and efficient distribution. We lift the lid on the Slackware-based Zenwalk.
Tutorial: Mint LXDE: the lighter desktop
- Looking for a lightweight option to bring an older machine spluttering back to life? Here are three low-fat distros.
Tutorial: Xfce: When less means more
- If you're looking for a desktop that can breathe new life into old kit then let us immerse you in the world of Xfce.
Review: Jolicloud 1.2
- If you've been looking for a user-centric distro that puts the 'net' in netbook, your wait is over.
Tutorial: Email: Using a mail client
- Allow us to help you wrest your mail from Google's vice-like grip. Read all your messages in one place with an easy-to-configure client.
Tutorial: KDE: Starting from scratch
- If superb visuals, top-notch ideas and consistency across applications appeal to you, then prepare to immerse yourself in the world of KDE.
Review: Debian 6.0
- Bob casts a lingering glance towards this free-spirited distro and wonders if it should become his new squeeze or just leaves him cold...
Tutorial: Gnome: Starting out anew
- If you've only recently escaped the clutches of another OS then we're on hand to guide you through the Gnome desktop.
Tutorial: OOo Basic: Automate tasks
- Doing the same thing over and over again is boring. Save yourself some time and effort with this guide to macros.
Tutorial: KDE: Build from scratch
- If you thought KDE was as innovative as desktops could get, prepare yourself to join Bob on a trip through creating your own install.
Tutorial: Photos: Organise a collection
- If removing blemishes from photos or hunting through a jumbled heap of them fills you with dread, our expert is on hand to help.
Tutorial: Command line: Power tools
- If you refuse to cheapen yourself with swanky new GUI paradigms, join us and fast-track your route to geek nirvana.
Tutorial: OOo Calc: Better spreadsheets
- If numbers, tables and garish three-dimensional charts scare you silly, take a deep breath and allow us to make you a spreadsheet ninja.
Tutorial: OOo Draw: Create images
- Whether it's a marvellous work of computer art or simply a diagram you need to produce, we show you how.
Tutorial: Gentoo: Install and use
- If you prefer your Linux distributions to have that personal touch, then try this guide to the dark art of the ebuild.
Tutorial: DTP: Unleash its power
- If you need to inject some life into dull documents, here's how to create your own attractive templates using open source software.
Review: Jolicloud 1.0
- If you've been looking for a netbook or laptop Linux distribution that shows the rest how it's done, then we think your wait is now over.
Feature: Google Chrome inside and out
- Make your browser leaner, meaner and more powerful than ever with our guide to Chrome.
What on Earth: SystemD
- Your favourite Linux distro could be booting much faster in future thanks to three dedicated developers.
Review: Mandriva 2010 Spring
- Is the latest release from Mandriva enough to keep it relevant? We hope that reports of the distro's death are greatly exaggerated.
What on Earth: Google CL
- As Google breaks from the shackles of the web browser, we explain its now command line tool - bringing Google Docs to a shell near you.
Tutorial: RSS: Aggregate popular sites
- If moving between your favourite sites bores you, we have the perfect solution to make surfing the web a more efficient experience.
Tutorial: FreeBSD: Spot the difference
- Is your ego writing more geek-point cheques than your distro can cash? Then Unix up your life with this hardcore guide to BSD.
Tutorial: Task management
- We show you how to manage your projects using free tools on the web and the Linux desktop.
Test your performance
- Are your upgrades and tweaks really boosting the performance of your setup? Find out using benchmarks!
Review: Home Accountz
- Home users have a hard time keeping track of their cash, but this software makes it so very much easier.
What on Earth: WebM
- Google's new patent-free codec could soon make it on to a web browser near you.
Tutorial: Blender: Create 3D models
- Here's why you don't need Pixar's budget to create 3D models, animations and games. In fact, you needn't leave your desk to get started.
Review: Fluendo Media Center
- If you've been looking for a great Linux media centre to access with non-free codecs, you may strike gold with this.
What on Earth:
- This tool could expand your knowledge and broaden your horizons from the comfort of your living room sofa.
Tutorial: Subversion: Track changes
- We demonstrate why you don't need to be a kernel hacker to make use of version tracking for work projects and home life.
Review: Bluefish 2.0.0
- A flexible text editor makes web development even easier, but we're still disappointed that we can't easily preview the page as we code.
Tutorial: Base: Organise your data
- If you've ever wondered whether there's a more efficient way to manage your DVD collection or contacts list, we can show you how.
Review: Business Accountz
- We look at version 10.01 of the top-end Enterprise edition, to determine whether its features justify the hefty price tag.
Feature: ClamAV: Set up antivirus
- We continue the security theme by showing you how to keep your Linux system free from viruses and malware.
Review: Mandriva InstantOn
- Mandriva releases a stripped-down instant-on solution, but we're left wondering whether less really is more or actually just... less.
SELinux: Guard your system
- Here's how to lock down your Linux system without the added security hindering you as you go about those all-important day-to-day tasks.
Tutorial: Orca: Read text aloud
- Whether you need help interfacing with your computer because of a visual impairment or you simply want to boss it about, we show you how.
What on Earth: NAPI
- We uncover the reason why the Linux kernel is fast becoming the de facto choice for servers on high-speed networks.
Tutorial: DansGuardian: Web filter
- Here how to make sure that using the internet is a safe and education experience for all the family, with a selection of open source tools.
What on Earth: Maemo
- Discover how Nokia plans to beat Apple's iPhone. Its secret weapon, as it happens, is a Linux-based OS, packed with features.
Shell scripting: automate common tasks
- If repetitive operations bore you, here's how to automate them.
What on Earth: Google Wave
- Bob looks at the key features of Google's latest web innovation, and explains why it could soon leave email feeling all washed-up.
Tutorial: Email: Set local accounts
- If managing your mail is a drag, you can take the power back.
Feature: Remix Linux
- Break away from the mainstream - we show you how to tailor Linux for your own purposes.
- Can there really be a competent, cross-platform desktop publishing package that serves both newbies and professionals alike? We find out.
Feature: Power up Linux
- With just a few tweaks everyone's favourite OS can be lighter, faster and more powerful. Here's how the experts do it.
Feature: Ubuntu: install almost anything
- If you can't wait for the latest and greatest releases, we show you how to beat the crowds and stay one step ahead of the rest.
Book review: Mac OS X for Unix Geeks
- Bob jumps into the icy waters of OS X with only this as a life jacket.
Feature: MD5: verify your files
- If you've ever wondered if a file is from a legitimate source, we can help negate your paranoia.
What on Earth: Clutter
- We clear up the confusion and explain how to tidy graphics code.
Book review: SQL in a Nutshell
- Bob wonders if this book will get him out of SQL hell.
What on Earth: Moblin
- We explain why all Intel Atom-based netbooks could be running a standard open platform in the not-so-distant future...
Tutorial: Gedit: Extend and improve
- Gedit can be so much more than just a Gnome-flavoured text editor. Explore the potential of this essential tool.