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Issue 76 (February 2006) - Make your hardware work harder

Tools and skills to squeeze the most from your kit!

 Features

Make your hardware work harder

Computers these days are connected to so many devices - cameras, printers, iPod-alikes - that it's essential to get your machine configured to work with them all. We help you get every last gadget working with your Linux box. (Graham Morrison)

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Dynebolical acts

It's used by creative types as a multimedia studio, but you can also use the Dynebolic distro to create your own Live CD. Here's a step-by-step guide to modifying Dynebolic for your own ends... (Tom Russell)

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Interview: Jeremy Allison

Samba opens Windows to a wider world, but few people realise how important it is to the free software movement. We tracked down one of those few: Jeremy Allison, the lead developer on the project. (Paul Hudson)

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 Coverdisc

Slackware 10.2

Classic, rock solid, stable and secure Linux distro. Plus: Dynebolic, spreadsheets galore, KDE 3.5.0, Eternal Lands, and much more... (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Qalculate, GtkOrphan, LinHDD, KreetingKard, Crimson Fields, Dragon Hunt, Gt5, BoomBox, GWhere, Qemu (Mike Saunders)

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 Tutorials

OpenOffice.org presentations

With trepidation, Andy stepped out onto the stage with only a laptop between him and his audience. Fortunately, the laptop was loaded with OpenOffice.org Impress... (Andy Channelle)

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Fuse: Virtual filesystems

We delve into the kernel for an imaginative way to implement userspace filesystems. (Nick Veitch)

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Apt-get: Improve Ubuntu

It's great being part of a global Ubuntu community, but if you're like Scott Douglas you'll still want a proper cup of coffee. Here's how to update Java and install Flash or Adobe Acrobat on your distro. (Scott Douglas)

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Gimp: 3D package design

Need a package design? We show you how to use the Perspective tool to go from concept to prototype. (Michael J Hammel)

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Inkscape: Path editing skills

How to draw, drag, rotate and break paths in Inkscape - it's the key to vector illustration, you know. Just follow his twelve-fold path to path nirvana... (Dmitry Kirsanov)

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Emacs: Developing code

Can't choose between KDevelop and Eclipse? Try Emacs instead! (Biagio Lucini)

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PHP: Transactions and triggers

MySQL has finally reached the 21st century, and we're here to help you master it. (Paul Hudson)

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Groff: Making man pages

Once you get deep into Linux you get urges to do the strangest things - like writing documentation for open source projects. This is a perfectly sane response; in fact, we positively encourage it... (Paul Hudson)

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 Reviews

Quake 4

The true sequel to Quake 2 is finally here, so off we go to Stroggos... (Paul Hudson)

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Blender 2.4

Graham renders a shoebox and two cubes with the latest release from the Blender Foundation. (Graham Morrison)

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Cedega 5.0.1

Windows gaming on Linux? Cedega distils Wine into something more palatable... (Nick Veitch)

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Eternal Lands

Part-time elf and alchemist Jo Harris kills some woodland rabbits for fun. (Jo Harris)

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KDE 3.5

With KDE under increasing pressure from Gnome, we try out its final 3.x release. (Graham Morrison)

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Spreadsheets

They can juggle numbers, filter data and create charts faster than any man. But are the Linux versions more Vic-20 than Blue Gene? Rated: Gnumeric, KSpread, OpenOffice.org Calc, PlanMaker, ThinkFree Office Calc (Paul Hudson)

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 More

News: Fighting the patent menace

Big business invests in projects to give coders - and customers - peace of mind. Plus: Firefox 1.5 promotion, Discreet Flame, MapServer Enterprise goes LGPL, KDE 3.5 arrives, Stand Guard Anti-Virus for Linux, GlobeTrotter portable Mandriva (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Double treat for home Linux users

SimplyMepis 3.4 and PCLinuxOS 0.92 arrive. Plus: Damn Small Linux 2.0, Nexenta OS (Ladislav Bodnar)

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What on Earth: GPL 3

The foundation licence of the free software movement is about to be refreshed. This is why you should care... (Paul Hudson)

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