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Issue 149 (October 2011) - Seed your own cloud

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Build your own cloud and take back control: our hands-on guide to working with the web

Gaze into the skies Linux-style with astronomy software

Discover what makes the Ubuntu community tick

On the 4GB DVD: Sabayon 6, PCLinuxOS 2011.6, Haiku, games, podcasts and more

Tutorials on data backups, Android coding, Music Player Daemon, embedded terminals...

 Features

Seed your own cloud

Unimpressed with the iCloud? We show you how to do it right on Linux. (Mayank Sharma)

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Linux Strikes Back

It is a period dominated by the evil Galactic Empires. Pursued by its sinister agents, Nick races to restore free software to the galaxy... (Nick Howes)

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18 of Linux software's Unsung Stars

We might not pay them much attention but we'd soon notice life without them. Here are the gems that make using Linux so much fun. (Neil Bothwick)

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Inside Ubuntu

The distro's community manager takes us behind the scenes. (Jono Bacon)

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Dr Brown's Administeria

Don't struggle to install complex software stacks - BitNami has done the hard work for you. Plus: Byobu, Collectd and P7zip (Chris Brown)

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Interview: James Vasile

The executive director of the FreedomBox Foundation talks routers, new releases and communication revolutions. (Jonathan Roberts)

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 Coverdisc

Sabayon 6, PCLinuxOS 2011.6 and Haiku

Two cutting-edge distros meet a fascinating BeOS spin-off. Plus: astronomy apps, games, development tools, podcasts and more (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Wavemaker, Blender, Burp, Stellarium, OrDrumbox, GCP, Knights, Unknown Horizons, Fotoxx, PeaZip (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

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. (Bob Moss)

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Compiz: Embed the terminal

Bored with looking at the same old wallpaper? Add the terminal to your backdrop as we show you how to embed it into your desktop. (David Hayward)

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Arduino: Using interrupts

Learning to use an Arduino isn't all about the hardware - we show off some useful programming tips and build a laser-accurate speed trap. (Nick Veitch)

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Debian: Make it work for you

Cosseted by user-friendliness, Andrew takes a step back to the father of Ubuntu and discovers how to put his own stamp on it. (Andrew Gregory)

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Android: Link your devices

We show you how to get the most out of your smartphone by making it work with your favourite desktop applications. (Jonathan Roberts)

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MPD: Personal Sound Server

Music Player Daemon is a little tricker to use than most music players. Here's how to set it up and why it's worth the effort. (Jonathan Roberts)

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 Coding Academy

C Primer: Roll your own shell

Looking to become a kernel developer? You'll need to learn C. Make a start (and write your own shell) with our gentle guidance. (Chris Brown)

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Python: Build an RSS reader

String together the power of Feedparser, WebKit and GTK - in half an hour you can have a fast and friendly RSS reader. (Nick Veitch)

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Concepts: Lists

We launch a mini-series for newbies looking at some of the fundamental ideas behind programming logic. (Graham Morrison)

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Android: Even more a-maze-ing

We look at storing scores, pop-up messages, and more menu items, to improve on last month's tilting maze game. (Juliet Kemp)

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 Reviews

Sabayon 6

Graham thinks he can still manage to make room in his distribution pile for a tasty egg-based Italian dessert. (Graham Morrison)

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Haiku OS Alpha 3

Small, fast and easy to use - that's Mike in a nutshell, and it's also the perfect way to describe this very special OS... (Mike Saunders)

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Opera 11.50

We sing the praises of this cross-platform web browser. But does it do enough to loosen Firefox and Chrome's grip on the internet? (Andrew Gregory)

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Braid

Alex attempts not to gush too wildly about what is probably one of the best indie games ever released for any platform. He fails miserably. (Alex Cox)

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Thunderbird 5

We pull ourselves away from webmail to try the latest native release of Mozilla's email client. (Graham Morrison)

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News readers

On test: Akregator, Feedly, Google Reader, Liferea, Sage (Jonathan Roberts)

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 More

News: Mozilla looks to future with new Webian Shell

Web applications lead charge in battle of the next generation browsers. Plus: Microsoft gives more to Linux 3.0 than Canonical; Sebring buys Scalix; Oracle splashes out on Ksplice; US DOD builds its own distro; IBM launches new entry-level mainframe (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Sabayon 6

With lots of new features, this Gentoo-based distribution is the sauce that makes Linux yummy. Plus: Toorox 07.2011, PCLinuxOS 2011.6 and Mandriva updates (Susan Linton)

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What on Earth: IPv6

Andrew attempts to explain a concept behind the entire internet in just two pages. All aboard! (Andrew Gregory)

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