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Issue 94 (July 2007) - The ultimate distro test!

Security, performance, support and package selection compared -- will your favourite flavour come out on top?

Massive 8GB double-sided DVD with distros galore: Ubuntu 7.04, Mandriva 2007 Spring Free, Debian 4.0 and SimplyMepis 6.5

We show you how to run Windows software on Linux, and bring open source goodness to the Mac

Will Google Docs and Spreadsheets spell the end for traditional desktop apps?

Tutorials on network security, file sharing, OpenOffice.org, JavaScript and more

 Features

Distro showdown

If you look beyond version numbers, what are the real differences between today's top Linux distros? We look at security, hardware compatibility, performance, community, software selection and more -- and find the best all-round distro. (Nick Veitch, Paul Hudson, Graham Morrison)

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Windows into Wine

Can't tear yourself away from a cherished Windows program? Wine may provide the answer, as we explain in the first of two cross-platform specials. (Mike Saunders)

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FOSS beyond Linux

It's still hard to fully avoid alternative operating systems. But even in the arid desert of a proprietary platform, we find that free software is flourishing. (Graham Morrison)

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Putting Google to work

Web-based tools may be low on features and high on minimalism, but for collaborative work they're unbeatable. (Marcus Green)

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Interview: Andreas Typaldos

He believes that not all businesses are willing (or able) to have a perfectly pure Linux setup. If Linux -- and his company, Xandros -- are to thrive, he tells LXF, they need to accept that it's a mixed platform world. (Nick Veitch)

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 Coverdisc

8GB double-sided DVD

Four distros: Ubuntu 7.04, Mandriva 2007 Spring Free, Debian 4.0 and SimplyMepis 6.5. Plus: Opera 9.2, Thunderbird 2.0, magazine PDFs, games and more (Mike Saunders)

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HotPicks

Semantik, Sylpheed, UADE, Gramps, Warzone 2010, Kwa, Fracplanet, Speedcrunch, MyMP3db, Viking (Nick Veitch)

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 Tutorials

System: How to share files

What do you want? Files. When do you want them? Now! We show you how to get your stuff no matter where you are... (Andy Channelle)

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OpenOffice.org Calc: Load data with macros

Tired of trawling through stock exchange data, only to find that you definitely won't be buying that yacht today? Here's how to make your life easier. (Mark Bain)

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Wireshark: Capture network data

It's amazing what kind of information you can find flowing through your network. We use packet analysis to expose the insecurity of your data. (Graham Morrison)

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Mono: Code with multithreading

Dual cores do more, or at least that's what Intel's marketing department tells us. Put that to the test! (Paul Hudson)

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Canvas: A web graphics app

The new HTML canvas element gives you the ability to do real graphics programming in your browser. (Dan Frost)

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 Reviews

Dofus

Picking up his trusty axe, Andy sets forth to venture off into a new world. Should you follow him? (Andy Hudson)

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HP LaserJet 2700n

You wanted more hardware, so here you go: we put the latest budget colour laser printer through its paces... (Paul Hudson)

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Mandriva 2007 Spring Free

Metisse may spin you around, but is there anything past the eye candy? (Nick Veitch)

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EnergyXT 2

Free your music from the tired world of tracks and faders. Here's a piece of software where you create the signal path. (Graham Morrison)

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Cedega 6

Graham has been obsessed with Oblivion for the last 12 months. Finally, he can now play it at work, thanks to the latest version of Cedega. (Graham Morrison)

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Online backup

Services that store your data via the net. Rated: FilesAnywhere, FlipDrive, IBackup, IceBackup, Rsync.net, XDrive (Chris Howells)

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 More

News: Students get hacking

Work begins on Summer of Code as Google increases sponsorship to 900 projects. Plus: Adobe opens up Flex; MS cuts another deal; Intel's Linux devices; Cedega runs Oblivion; Web 2.0 Expo; Dell chooses Ubuntu (Andy Channelle)

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Distrowatch: CentOS 5.0

Leading the field of operating systems built by recompiling the Red Hat Enterprise Linux recompilations. Plus: Linux Mint 2.2, Fedora 7, RHEL clones (Ladislav Bodnar)

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What on Earth: E

Is it a new class of programming language, or does it just follow the template laid down by C and D? (Paul Hudson)

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