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Issue 92 (May 2007) - The Ultimate Linux Box

Go quad-core for 2007! We show you the hardware and skills you need to build a super-fast Linux machine.

Find out what makes Trolltech's Greenphone tick with our under-the-hood guide to Qtopia.

We speak to Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian project, who explains why the distro needs to make some big decisions.

On our 4GB DVD: Elive - slick Live distro mixing Debian power and Enlightenment glitz. Plus: alternative OS megapack, 50 pages of tutorials (PDFs), open source web editors, games and more

 Features

The ultimate Linux box

Four cores, 4GB of RAM and 1,500GB of disk space. But does it run Linux? Of course it does... (Paul Hudson)

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Kill Spam

With deadly efficiency, SpamAssassin blocks the emails other spam filters let through. (Graham Morrison)

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Log file lumberjack

Can't see the wood for the trees? Prune log files with some clever configuration and your data will be much easier to manage. (Chris Brown)

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Code on the Greenphone

You don't need elite programming skills, or even a Greenphone, to develop your first mobile phone application. (Graham Morrison)

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Interview: Ian Murdock

These days he works on bringing order to what he describes as the "chaos" of Linux. But what does Ian Murdock think about how Debian, the project that he created, is being run? (Nick Veitch)

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 Coverdisc

DVD 92

Elive - slick Live distro mixing Debian power and Enlightenment glitz. Plus: alternative OS megapack (Syllable, Haiku, ReactOS, Minix and more); 50 pages of tutorials from previous LXFs (PDF format); 70 Linux problems solved in Answers; Komodo trial editi (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Kdesvn, GREYCstoration, XML Copy Editor, Raw Studio, TuxWordSmith, UFO: AI, ClamTk, Nagios, KeyFrog, AcetoneISO (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

System: An easy backup policy

Backups are like dock leaves, lying unnoticed until you get stung. We show you how to ensure you always have a backup when you need one. (Andy Channelle)

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Hardware: Set up a system monitor

Forewarned is forearmed. Monitoring your hardware is the best way of ensuring your system isn't going to fail unexpectedly... (Graham Morrison)

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SugarCRM: Add custom modules

In this final look at SugarCRM, we show you how to start adding your own functionality into the application - and truly make it your own. (Mark Bain)

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Mono: Objects and generics

Object-oriented programming scares people away faster than a porcupine at a haemophiliac convention, but we're going to make it painless. (Paul Hudson)

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Ant: Run Java projects better

If you use Java you should really be using Ant. We show you how to take the pain out of packaging and make Java development a lot easier. (Scott Douglas)

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 Reviews

Thunderbird 2

Can Thunderbird rescue email clients from the might of Gmail and Yahoo? (Andy Channelle)

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Rosegarden 1.5

With a new, more sensible, version number scheme and an overhauled code base, is everything in this garden still rosy? (Graham Morrison)

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Red Hat unleashes its latest enterprise offering to an increasingly competitive market. We see if it still has what it takes to hold off the upstarts. (Andy Hudson)

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Gnome 2.18

With KDE 4 nowhere in sight and no other window manager challenging its global hegemony, we think Gnome has switched to cruise control. (Paul Hudson)

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Genius Look 316

A web cam that supports Linux out the box? Can it be true? (Nick Veitch)

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Komodo IDE 4.0.2

At nearly $300, this heavyweight suite of coding tools had better be good to prise Mike away from his trusty Nano editor... (Mike Saunders)

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Web editors

Daunted by the prospect of creating a website? We take a look at HTML editors that can make the job a breeze. (David Coulson)

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 More

News: Linspire jilts Debian

Commercial distro vendor switches to Ubuntu as its base distro; Ubuntu gets Click-N-Run. Plus: IBM offfers easier migration, Dell aims for Linux certification, LightZone, Mono adds VB.NET, California to debate ODF (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: Big Etch

Debian 4.0, the biggest distro in the world, gets even bigger. Plus: PCLinuxOS 2007, OpenSUSE 10.3, The evolution of Debian (Ladislav Bodnar)

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What on Earth: Libferris

The Unix philosophy is that everything is a file, right? But can that really mean everything? The Libferris author would like to ask himself the same thing. (Ben Martin)

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