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Issue 145 (June 2011) - Gnome 3.0 is here!

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Master the new Gnome Shell, migrate your configuration and develop for GTK 3, in Gnome's first major release for 8 years

Get a better music player - four of the best, put to the test

We talk exclusively to Richard Stallman on the biggest challenges for free software

On the 4GB DVD: Gnome 3 Live, Jolicloud, Trisquel GNU/Linux, Arch, tutorial code and more

Tutorials on networked installs, KDE automation, email clients, LPI training...

 Features

Gnome 3.0 is here!

We introduce the release that's redefining the desktop. (Mayank Sharma)

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Gtk 3 - rebuilding the GUI

Tool up with the latest version of the widget toolkit. (John Lumby)

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17 things we'd change about names

What's in a name? Acronyms, in-jokes and lots of capital letters, if free software is anything to go by. We look at some unfortunate choices that have been made at this critical stage of development. (Neil Bothwick)

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Organise your life with Tomboy

We round up stray notes, jottings and ideas using Tomboy and explain how you can, too. (Jono Bacon)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Job trends: Linux skills are increasingly sought-after in the jobs market. Which distro comes out on top? Plus: cross-platform application development with Mono. (Chris Brown)

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Interview: Richard Stallman

The world's leading proponent of free software tells us why we can never be complacent... (Mike Saunders)

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 Coverdisc

Four top distros

Gnome 3 Live, Trisquel GNU/Linux 4.5, Arch Linux and Jolicloud. Plus: Firefox 4, Red Eclipse, tutorial code, games podcasts and more. (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Clementine, Hasciicam, PieDock, Khayyam/Floyd, LiVES, Nixory, Shotwell, Gigalomania, Zod Engine, giis for ext4, Virt Manager (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

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. (Bob Moss)

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DreamPlug: A box of tricks

Create a wireless access point, a NAS box and music streaming player from a box no bigger than your Havana cigar case. (Graham Morrison)

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School of Linux: The command line

After much delving around in hardware, the filesystem and packages, it's time to fully master the command line. (Mike Saunders)

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Arch Linux: Do it yourself

Fed up with all the similar-looking distros and looking for something new? Try the highly configurable Arch distro. (Shashank Sharma)

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KWin: Window management

Don't like dragging around windows and fiddling with them? You'll be delighted to discover that the newest KWin supports scripting. (Koen Vervloesem)

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Server Admin: Basic kickstart

In the first part of this new series, we demonstrate how you can save time and effort by creating a basic kickstart installation. (Stuart Burns)

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KWin: Window management

Don't like dragging around windows and fiddling with them? You'll be delighted to discover that the newest KWin supports scripting. (Koen Vervloesem)

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 Coding Academy

Python: Create a game

Test your programming skills (and your reflexes) with some object-oriented Python code and a round of Whack-a-Mike... (Nick Veitch)

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Android: Get started

Writing a simple Android program is a quick project. Set up, produce and test a countdown timer app in this first instalment of our new series. (Juliet Kemp)

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Learn the basics of Perl

Who says venerable scripting languages are boring? Have a play around with Perl and discover just how useful it can be. (Marco Fioretti)

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 Reviews

Firefox 4

Although appearing a little on the late side, Firefox 4 is full to the brim with goodies, and that's only the start... (Nick Veitch)

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Jolicloud 1.2

If you've been looking for a user-centric distro that puts the 'net' in netbook, your wait is over. (Bob Moss)

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Spotify

There's finally a native Linux client for the Spotify music services. Andy wants to know whether native is always better. (Andy Channelle)

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Qnap 219P+ vs Synology DS211+

We pit two of the latest and most powerful network-attached storage boxes against each other in a fight to the death. (Graham Morrison)

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Red Eclipse

Alex began his career the day the first Quake test hit the internet. This sharp-edged shooter tickled his nostalgia gland, and tickled it hard. (Alex Cox)

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Music players

On test: Amarok, Rhythmbox, VLC, Songbird, Banshee (Andrew Gregory)

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 More

News: The best geeks on earth

Linux Foundation Top Gurus list shows importance of end users to the FOSS development community. Plus: Android IP woes; Project Bossanova MMORPG; Hercules launches new eCafe netbooks; Red Hat to surpass $1 billion revenues within a year. (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Finding Unity

Ubuntu 11.04 - changes abound and mixed reactions greet the latest announcements from Canonical. Plus: Fedora 16, Slackware 13.37, Kororaa GNU/Linux. (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: Calligra

Think you know KOffice? Well, you don't. The 'other' Linux office suite loses all those K-words and heads for cross-platform glory. (Andy Channelle)

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