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Issue 138 (December 2010) - Fedora vs Ubuntu

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What's next for the world's two biggest distros? We look at the new tech they're bringing: better installers, faster boot-ups and new software galore

Massive 8GB DVD packed with 10 operating systems: previews of Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE, plus FreeBSD, Mint Xfce, Nexenta, Puppy and more

Convert your friends to Linux with our 20 reasons why it's the best OS

Are you hack-proof? Put your system to the test before the script kiddies do

Tutorials on desktop environments, Shotwell, CakePHP, virtualisation...

 Features

Ubuntu vs Fedora

It's the fight for the future. Whatever your interest in Linux, there are some hot new technologies coming downstream soon. Find out how to try them today, and also how the next generation of desktop distros compare. (Nick Veitch)

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20 reasons to use Linux

There are hundreds of compelling reasons why Linux is better than all the rival operating systems. Here's our top 20... (Neil Bothwick)

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Package management problems solved

We fix the most common problems with the three most common package managers. (Graham Morrison)

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Getting Things Gnome

Get your to-do list in shape with this fantastically helpful Gnome application. (Jono Bacon)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

'Little languages' are languages specifically designed for a unique purpose, such as bc, dc, Sed and Awk. We explain all. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Roy Schestowitz

As the public face of Boycott Novell, which later changed its name to TechRights, Roy's work has often been controversial, but always underlined by stunning levels of research and cross-referencing. (Jono Bacon)

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 Coverdisc

10 OS special!

Huge double-sided 8GB DVD with 10 operating systems: preview releases of Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE, plus FreeBSD, Mint Xfce, Nexenta, Puppy and much more. And VirtualBox, backup tools, podcasts, games... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

gPodder, Photorec, Streamtuner2, Ghostscript, WhatWeb, Steadyflow, KontrolPack, Caph, OpenTTD, Shutter, Lives (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

Gnome and KDE - choosing the right desktop

It's a choice almost guaranteed to start a flame war, but what factors make people choose one desktop over another? Let's find out... (Andy Channelle)

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Shotwell: Sort your photos

If your Pictures folder is full of photos of your cat, then you need this tutorial to sort the wheat from the chaff. (Alexander Tolstoy)

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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. (Bob Moss)

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BackTrack: Penetration test

Determined to keep his machine and network secure, Shashank uses BackTrack Linux to detect potential security holes. (Shashank Sharma)

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CakePHP: Build web apps faster

Want to build a robust web application but don't have the time to faff around with PHP? Then you need CakePHP... (Graham Weldon)

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Virtualisation: Migration

When it comes to virtualisation, VMware is not the only fruit. Here's how to migrate your virtual OSes to Qemu or VirtualBox. (John Lumby)

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 Reviews

Machinarium

Alex greases his cogs and sprockets, gives his key a couple of stiff winds, and heads off into a world populated only by tin-can robots. (Alex Cox)

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Inkscape 0.48

Check out the vectors on this! Find out why you shouldn't wait to upgrade your favourite drawing package. (Nick Veitch)

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Tiny Core Linux 3.1

Graham enters his minimalist stage as he tries out a Linux distribution that almost fits onto his watch. (Graham Morrison)

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SmartSVN 6.6.2

Can a proprietary revision control application take on the native hordes and win? (Nick Veitch)

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Nexenta Core Platform 3

Koen loves ZFS - the last word in filesystems - but isn't fond of OpenSolaris. Could Nexenta be about to solve this dilemma? (Koen Vervloesem)

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Backup tools

On test: Fwbackups, Pybackpack, Backerupper, Deja Dup, Back in Time, Simple Backup, Keep, LuckyBackup (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: Forking Mandriva

French developers attempt to stave off distro death by adopting code beyond the company and creating Mageia. Plus: Oracle announces new Unbreakable Linux release; Novell looks to sell SUSE assets to VMware; Broadcom opens up Wi-Fi drivers to community dev (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Ubuntu 10.10

Maverick's cosmetic updates and the announcement of the 11.04 release schedule. Plus: Fedora 14 alpha, Me-OS, Fedora 4 beta 1. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Ksplice

Forget ethyl methanesulfonate as an alkalizing agent. We show how kernel recombination works with a rather neat piece of software. (Graham Morrison)

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