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Issue 139 (Christmas 2010) - Hackers: keep out

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Don't wait until your defences have been breached - upgrade your security now with a stronger firewall, encrypted files and anonymous web browsing

Give kids a better start in life by getting Linux into schools

Take your geek skills to the next level with our Gentoo guide

On the 4GB DVD: Ubuntu 10.10 megafest - exclusive triple-booting DVD with enhanced Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu. Plus: coding tools, games, podcasts and more

Tutorials on desk-top publishing, CakePHP, regular expressions...

 Features

Hackers: keep out

Linux doesn't make your system impenetrable automatically, but we have the knowledge to help you fix that... (Mayank Sharma)

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22 ways to convert your friends to Linux

We all know how great Linux can be, but what about your Windows-using friends? Have you tried to convert them or are you afraid of risking a friendship? Here's how to turn people to the light side... (Neil Bothwick)

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Desktop evolution

We track how we got to the desktops we enjoy using today. (Jono Bacon)

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Linux in education

You don't have to accept the status quo in your child's schooling. From saving money with servers to opening standards in training, there are people who have made free software work and pay in education. (Graham Morrison)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

The latest edition of Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook is the best in its class. Plus: the uncomplicated firewall (ufw) and file comparison tools. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Tristan Nitot

The president of Mozilla Europe explains how his projects rose from the ashes of Netscape, and what he thinks of Chrome (and Chromium). (Jono Bacon)

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 Coverdisc

Ubuntu 10.10 megafest

Ubuntu (with extra apps), Kubuntu and Xubuntu - all triple-booting from our exclusive DVD. Plus: Tiny Core, IPcop, podcasts, games and more... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

SocNetV, Arcadia, Voice Chatter, Transcoder, Prime Desktop, KRename, Minerva, Pioneers, LGeneral, GParted, Rotter (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

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. (Bob Moss)

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Xfce: Work more efficiently

Had enough of Gnome's bloat and KDE's complexity? Let our Xfce guru show you a whole new way of working... (Mike Saunders)

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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. (Bob Moss)

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Routers: Build your own

Part 1: Turn an old, neglected computer into a powerful internet firewall and router – and keep your network safe in the process. (Neil Bothwick)

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CakePHP: Build web apps faster

If last issue whetted your appetite for quick and easy web applications, Graham is back to give you another fix of CakePHP. (Graham Weldon)

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Coding: Regular Expressions

They're not that bad. No, really. Let us shine some light on one of the last dark arts from the days of the command line. (Graham Morrison)

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 Reviews

Ubuntu 10.10

We play an extended version of spot the difference with the latest Ubuntu desktop release - the Maverick Meerkat. (Nick Veitch)

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Are you afraid of flesh-rending monsters? We take on the mantle of the world's flakiest nyctophobe and try to dodge some nasties. (Alex Cox)

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Nokia Qt 4.7

Graham unravels the latest release of the framework behind KDE. (Graham Morrison)

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Devolo AVplus 200 Freesat

Graham upgrades his streaming TV capabilities with the latest Linux-compatible powerline devices from Devolo. (Graham Morrison)

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Paragon NTFS&HFS

Having trouble mounting and reading NTFS and HFS+ disks from Linux? We test one tool that can play nice with your other OSes. (Shashank Sharma)

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Password managers

On test: Figaro's Password Manager, Gpass, Gpassword Manager, Gringotts, KeePassX, MyPasswords, PasswordSafe, Revelation (Shashank Sharma)

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 More

News: Open becomes Libre

OpenOffice.org fork gets a new name, but little support from copyright owner. Plus: one million downloads for Android Angry Birds; Red Hat Enterprise MRG updated; Linux Foundation suggests coming Linux growth; SUSE joins elastic cloud platform; FSF launch (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Just fork it!

Forks, shutdowns and sell-offs - these are uncertain times, with OpenIndiana (from OpenSolaris) and Mageia (Mandriva). Plus: OpenSUSE 11.4 and Arch Linux. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: OpenSearch

Here's a new web standard to smooth interaction between search engines and clients for more relevant results. (Marco Fioretti)

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