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Issue 140 (January 2011) - Hit the distro jackpot

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Discover a new breed of distros for 2011 - Zenwalk, Sabayon, Yoper, Pardus and more!

Code Qt Quick in 10 minutes, and under 90 lines of code

Fedora 14 and Minecraft get the LXF review treatment

KDE Silk explained - will this become KDE 5?

On the 4GB DVD: Fedora 14, Linux Mint 10 and OpenBSD 4.8. Plus: KDevelop 4.1, games, podcasts and more...

Tutorials on OpenOffice.org Calc, Inotify, tiling window managers...

 Features

Hit the distro jackpot

Discover a new breed of distros for 2011 - PCLinuxOS, SimplyMepis, Pardus, Sabayon, Slitaz, Zenwalk, CrunchBang, Puppy Linux, Yoper, Crux, SYS Linux, Slax, Kanotix, EasyPeasy, MeeGo, SUSE Studio (Mayank Sharma)

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20 things we'd change about installing software

Software installation in Linux can confuse new users, while it pleases and irritates more experienced campaigners in equal measure. Here are some ideas on improving the situation. (Neil Bothwick)

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Get developing!

We show how the community is making it easier for developers to contribute code - and that means you too! (Jono Bacon)

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Linux inside

We unearth the secret places and devices where Linux is quietly dominating the market. (Graham Morrison)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

htop - a new command for your sysadmin's toolbox. Plus: OpenSolaris fork OpenIndiana, all the roles of the dollar sign, and the B-tree filesystem (btrfs). (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Ruben Vermeersch

The maintainer of popular photo management tool F-Spot provides a snapshot of its status. (Jono Bacon)

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 Coverdisc

Fedora, Mint and BSD!

Fedora 14 brings the hottest new technology to your desktop, while Linux Mint 10 is a fresh Ubuntu spin-off with a shiny new metallic theme. OpenBSD is perhaps the most secure OS ever. Plus: KDevelop 4.1, games, podcasts... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

GPredict, pyAggr3g470r, Pitch Perfect, Choqok, Glyphtracer, Mixxx, MDZ, VMS Empire, Xye, Bino, Publimark (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

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. (Bob Moss)

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Inotify: Watch your filesystems

Koen likes to keep an eye on what is happening on his filesystem. Thanks to Inotify, he doesn't have to miss any file change. (Koen Vervloesem)

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Routers: Build your own

Part 2: Build your own internet firewall and router from scratch to keep your network safe and learn how it all works. (Neil Bothwick)

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Qt: Geolocate in Qt Quick

We unveil the power of declarative programming to build an RSS reader with images and maps in less than 100 lines of code. (Graham Morrison)

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CakePHP: Build a file uploader

Graham builds a file sharing app so you can share files with a select few logged-in users rather than the whole internet. (Graham Weldon)

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Desktop: Save screen space

We prove that tiling window managers can be a genuine advantage when it comes to hardware and productivity. (Graham Morrison)

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 Reviews

Fedora 14

It's set to become the main Gnome-based distro, but can Fedora continue to fight off the challenge from Ubuntu? We see if the hat fits. (Andy Channelle)

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Komodo 6.01

A multi-purpose IDE that proves you don't need to be big and clunky to cover all the bases. (Nick Veitch)

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Minecraft 1.2.0

Today, Alex has dug to bedrock, been swamped by lava, punched a pig in the face, and teleported to another dimension. All in a day's work. (Alex Cox)

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Arduino Uno

We look at a reboot of the popular hacker's platform. (Graham Morrison)

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Renoise 2.6

We take a look at what might be the most spontaneous and comprehensive music production tool available for Linux. (Graham Morrison)

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Netbooks

On test: Acer Aspire One D255, HP Mini 210, Samsung N230, Dell Mini 1012, MSI Wind U135DX (Nick Veitch)

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 More

News: The end of X

Will Wayland cause X to become an ex-windowing system? Plus: The Linux Box launches Enkive; AMD joins MeeGo; Jolicloud enters hardware market; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; free Kinekt drivers released; Cray launches mid-range HPC. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: They're off!

Ubuntu 11.04 - Work on the Natty Narwhal begins at the forthcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit. Plus: Linux Mint 10, Sabayon 5.4, NonVisual Desktop Access. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Silk

We explain how your next KDE desktop will try to cram the whole of the internet inside your monitor. (Marco Fioretti)

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