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Issue 72 (November 2005) - 72 Speedups

Energise your Linux box with these smart hacks!

 Features

72 Speedups

Is your distro feeling sluggish? Looking for that extra injection of pace? Mike has spent the last six years performance-tuning Linux distros and still feels the need for speed. Additional writing: Graham Morrison and Mark Bain. (Mike Saunders)

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The rise and fall of an open source project

The rewards and frustrations of nurturing your own Linux app... (Graham Morrison)

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Interview: Michael Meeks

A key OpenOffice.org developer at Novell, Michael Meeks is committed to free software with the urgency of a true evangelist. (Graham Morrison)

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 Coverdisc

Two speedy distros

Gentoo 2005.1 and Zenwalk 1.2. Plus: Syllable, ReactOS, Haiku, Gtk 2.8.0, Firefox 1.5 preview, Sylpheed, Gillo, Scorched3D (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Fish Fillets, FOX Desktop, InitNG, Lunapaint, ngIRCd, Pong2, Ratpoison, SquashFS, tovid, vile (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

Hardware: Set up your printer

Printing needn't be painful. Just listen to us, and things should get a lot easier. (Andy Channelle)

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Gimp: Create a metallic emblem

Learn blending and embossing techniques. (Michael J Hammel)

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Emacs: Shaping .emacs

Part 4: Make your text editor do what you want it to do. The power! (Biagio Lucini)

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Perl functions and modules

Part 4: Not all scripts must be built from scratch. Marco 'Prefab' Fioretti shows you how to reuse code. (Marco Fioretti)

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Gambas modules and classes

Part 2: Let's keep this our little secret, but programming is really easy. We show you the line of least resistance. (Mark Bain)

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PHP: A* path-finding

Paul couldn't find his way out of a paper bag, but can somehow program a path-finding script. If you're a keen games programmer you might want to follow him... (Paul Hudson)

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 Reviews

Qt 4 Open Source Edition

How will the next generation KDE 4.0 desktop look? Trolltech's release of Qt 4, its underlying development framework, gives us a clue. That's 'cute', not 'queue tea', remember. (Graham Morrison)

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MainActor 5.5

Video editing is making a play for the consumer desktop. Here's a proprietary contender. (Andy Channelle)

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Doom 3: Ressurection of Evil

Fresh back from the US, Paul seems to have developed a curious fascination with guns. Can this Doom extension satisfy his bloodlust? (Paul Hudson)

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Inkscape 0.42

Do Inkscape developers ever sleep? We marvel at the pace of this program's development... (Andy Channelle)

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BlueGlue Starter Edition

Eclipse and its associated plugins can be tricky to install consistently. Here's a not-so-sticky solution. (Graham Morrison)

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Knoppix 4.0

The makers of Knoppix have decided that it has outgrown the CD. This new DVD is an interesting if frustrating release. (Jon Kent)

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PDF readers

You read PDF files every day - so it would be silly not to use the best software out there: Rated: Acrobat Reader, Evince, GGv, GPdf, KGhostview, KPDF, Xpdf (Marco Fioretti)

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 More

News: SUSE opens up to hackers

Novell invites community contributions to SUSE 10 at last. Plus: open source systems trialled in schools, Klax offers peek at KDE 3.5, TurboLinux woos the Windows 98 crowd, 'Office for Linux' rumours resurface, ThinkFree Office 4 (Andy Channelle)

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News: News extra: OSCon, LinuxWorld and UKUUG show reports

Conferences are like buses: you don't get any for ages, and then three come along all at once... (Paul Hudson, Graham Morrison)

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What on Earth: Podcasting

Need to spread your ideas far and wide? Andy discovers a new way to get his annoying voice heard by the masses. (Andy Channelle)

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