Stream It!


Issue 204, November 2015 - on sale now

Stream It!

An entertained home is a happy home, with the digital dream a real one, most homes have turned into a digital entertainment heaven. My home’s daily routine often revolves around keeping the tiny humans entertained streaming music, video and photos from a home Linux server (plus online services) around the home to a variety of devices. From the traditional TV with a Raspberry Pi media centre to Android tablets and Chromebooks, or through the Pi-powered projector for cinema-style fun.

As software improves we like to take advantage of new features. For a while we’ve been putting up with the closed-source Plex, but finally Emby has appeared and we’re basing our new home media heaven on this fully open source solution. So from a base Ubuntu server, you’ll be able to dish out transcoded video, music and photos around your home with the option of recorded TV without the hassle of MythTV. It’s a slick solution and one I’m sure you’ll love when you read about it

On the DVD: Ubuntu 15.04, Kubuntu, Kodi, Emby.


Linux Format 202 - Coding Academy


Issue 202, September 2015 - on sale now

Open Source Learning

You get an education! You get an education! You get an education! It’s not something Oprah Winfrey would give away, as I guess to some a free car would seem more valuable, but how much is an education worth? I’d suggest on a purely practical level a huge amount, and we all know it’s something that’s truly invaluable. It’s one part of FOSS that we almost take for granted, but by providing the tools and documentation it’s assumed that people can and do educate themselves in everything they need to know.

So what happens when you take those tools and documentation and give them to education professionals? In 2015 the UK is going to find out, as it’s the first year when the new computing curriculum kicks in. This is the curriculum where the Raspberry Pi Foundation has been teaching and supplying educational materials based around the Pi.

So for this issue that coincides with pupils around the country heading back to school, we’re supplying our own guide to help you and your children get a head start with coding in Python, using the Pi at school, choosing the best languages for the jobs you want to do and taking a first step into developing web applications.

As cool as coding is, some people just want to use computers. We’re looking into how you can transform your Nexus device into an Ubuntu Touch phone, and if that’s not your thing how about choosing a new Chromebook from our Roundup of the best 2015 Chromebooks. With guides to creating Linux snapshots, network troubleshooting, the amazing TierOne quick and easy VPN and a look at the CrunchBang replacement BunsenLabs, it’s a great issue because FOSS is great.

On the DVD: Uber Student 4.1, wattOS R9, 16 Linux training videos.


Linux Format - 194 Next-gen Linux


Issue 194, February 2015 - on sale now

Next-gen Linux!

Next-gen GNU/Linux, what does that even mean? The FOSS world is so unlike the proprietary world. In that closed universe, new releases are considered so important that secrecy becomes paramount. So the next-gen release of Windows becomes so crucial. With FOSS and Linux development everything is laid bare. Sensible folk stick with the stable release but the brave-hearted can jump into an unstable, development branch and compile where angels fear to tread. This issue we’re looking at those ‘next-gen’ developments, the key technologies that have been in development for the last few years and will become mainstream through 2015. If you’re even brave enough we’ll show you how you can jump onboard with your own build of Ubuntu or Arch and try them live. Neil “Grey Beard” Bothwick is your guide.

But what about today? There’s more than enough going on in the ‘now-gen’ of Linux to keep most people busy until the end of time. As usual there’s a packed issue of Linux Format awaiting you over the page. I’d recommend you take a long look at our Roundup this month on Linux desktop environments, a new desktop is the simplest way of giving your distro a fresh feel or revitalising your work flow. Besides that we have tutorials looking at creating your own web-based email system, the clever old Dtrace diagnostic system and a tale of intrusion and how you can track down naughty hackers on your system.

There’s a bit of a bumper helping for the programmers out there. We look at how you can take advantage of the Raspberry Pi’s GPU and 3D capabilities; how to run Python on embedded systems; how to use Java to create physics and getting started with the programming language, Erlang. On top of all that we’ve the usual reviews, news analysis, users groups, interviews and so much more!

On the DVD: Fedora 21, Manjaro, 4M Linux, ALT Linux, GIMP ebook.


Linux Format 191 - Hack the Pi!


Issue 191, December 2014 - on sale now

Hack the Pi!

We’re exploring how you can hack Linux on the Pi to ever greater levels with fun projects, advanced Linux services and essential skills. We hope you’ve brought your Pi with you. Not that we want to obsess on the Pi too much, even if it’s a great device that’s changing the world, a big part of that success is its Linux smarts.

We’re finishing our Nginx series, (which also happens to all work with the Raspberry Pi) but we’re also going deep into Cython to accelerate everyday Python, exploring how to use Git for your own projects and look at how you can get started developing PHP. We’re also trying to stay musical with a roundup of excellent players and even pro-level production.

On the DVD: Raspbian, KaliLinux 1.0.9, PiMusicBox, RetroPie, Jasper.


Linux Format 190 - Best Distro 2014


Issue 190, November 2014 - on sale now

Best Distro 2014

We're picking our best Linux distributions for 2014. It's always an odd task and this year we've decided to take the chance to actually delve into the genus behind those best distros. We're exploring why the major families in the GNU/Linux world sprang up and how they've evolved over the years.

We’re also celebrating 10 years of Ubuntu, looking at alternatives to the Raspberry Pi and coding in GIMP. We look at OwnCloud 7, start with Docker v1.0 and continue to advance our Nginx server.

On the 9GB DVD: Mageia 4.1, OpenSUSE 13.1, Trisquel 6.0, CentOS 7.0, Korora 20, Linux Mint Debian Edition, Salix 14.0.


Linux Format 188 - Speed up Linux


Issue 188, September 2014 - on sale now

Speed up Linux

Give your distro a speed boost with our ultimate guide to speeding up Linux. We show you how to start smarter with Systemd, optimise your file system, improve app performance and a lot more.

We also investigate the state of 4K support on Linux - is our favourite operating system ready for the hot new technology?

We also look at how open source and open platforms will be shaping the future of education in the UK, and delve deep into Arch Linux.

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: CentOS 7 - the enterprise server OS for all, Arch Linux, Rescatux 0.32 plus HotPicks, tutorial code and more.


Linux Format 187 - Escape Windows


Issue 187, Summer 2014 - on sale now

Escape Windows

This month we show you how to escape Windows for good with a foolproof guide to installing Linux. Enjoy the power and freedom of the world/'s greatest operating system, with a safe and secure back up guide. We/'ll also show you how to dual-boot to keep all your existing files and programs.

Also this issue we/'ll show you how to master WINE to emulate Windows games and programs in Linux

Discover how to run and install your own virtual private server and use a Raspberry Pi to build and host a wiki server.

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Linux starter kit: all the distros and tools you need to make the switch! Includes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Mint 17 and SystemRescueCD, plus HotPicks, tutorial code and more.


Linux Format 186 - Fix Ubuntu


Issue 186, August 2014 - on sale now

Fix Ubuntu

This month we show you how to hack and tweak one of the most popular distros in the world. Make Unity work your way, dump the Amazon lens and much more!

Also this issue we have an in-depth guide to system monitoring, explore the secret world of Linux repositories and how to build a cannon in Minecraft running on a Raspberry Pi!

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Low resource distro special! Includes Crunchbang 11, Elive 2.2.2 beta, Manjaro Openbox 0.8.9 and Puppy Slacko 5.7, plus HotPicks, tutorial code and more.


Linux Format 185 - Build a Linux PC


Issue 185, July 2014 - on sale now

Build a Linux PC

Want a brand new desktop, media centre, gaming machine or server? Build it yourself! You'll save money and have complete control over what components go into the PC. We show you what you need to consider, and what software, distros and tools you need to build your very own Linux PC.

We show you how to install Linux on a Chromebook.

We have a complete guide on hacking Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi.

Speaking of the tiny Pi, we also show you how to design and build a Raspberry Pi case using Python, FreeCAD and a 3D printer.

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit with a choice of four desktops, MX14, HotPicks, tutorial code and more.


Podcast Season 06 Episode 2


Title: Here's Jonni

Another in a series of irregular podcasts from the Linux Format team. Apologies for lower than usual sound quality, the air conditioning was making a racket. Hopefully we'll all, mostly, be back soon...

In this episode: A new team member arrives just in time for redundancies, Linux drones will be taking to the skies, the FCC is being a bit useless, LXQt is a lovely new lightweight desktop, XBMC 13 Gotham is finally out and it's well smart, all of Denmark is in Minecraft, GoboLinux is an interesting remix and we discuss the Open Source Novena laptop and the Jurassic Park 3D SGI file manager.

Linux Format 184 - Build your desktop


Issue 184, June 2014 - on sale now

Build your desktop

Build your desktop - we look at the best desktop environments and how to tweak them to perfection, no matter what your choice of distro.

Microsoft has dropped support for Windows XP - if you or anyone you know is still using the operating system, then let us help you migrate to Linux - it is incredibly easy!

We investigate how Linux, Raspberry Pi and open source software in general is being used in education.

All this, plus an in depth look at Firefox OS, 3D printing and much more!

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Mint 16 Mega Mix - the latest version of Linux Mint with a choice of 10 best desktops, SystemRescueCD, HotPicks, tutorial code and more.


Podcast Season 6 Episode 1


Title: Piano Panic

In this episode: Linux is invading every part of your home, fridges and routers are sending spam and how your car is going to drive you home from the pub. We look at what's happening with Steam OS, the Red Hat CentOS deal and the end of support for Ubuntu 13.04. Plus we discover accessible Linux distros, the UK Police Crime Map and that hard drives are reliable!

Linux gaming interviews


Linux: the future of gaming

What does the games industry think about SteamOS and Linux games development generally?
Chris Thornett plunders his interview vault for some answers.

Whether or not you think games are important for Linux, the stone cold reality is that they significantly drive mainstream interest in any operating system. As I wrote in the feature for LXF179, Linux: the Future of Gaming, this was a lesson Gabe Newell learnt back in the early 1990s while working for Microsoft – and it changed the direction of his career.

Valve is only part of the Linux gaming story, though. I spoke to a lot of people for the Linux gaming feature: everyone from games publishers and Linux game porters, through to game engine and driver developers - and I just couldn’t get all their interviews into the eight-page feature. I encountered so many passionate people and it seemed a shame to leave their contributions on the cutting floor, so we’ve decide to publish a lot of them here.

Interview: John Graham-Cumming


The ethics behind a pardon for Alan Turing have proved highly divisive. Andrew Gregory talks to John Graham-Cumming about making Gordon Brown apologise.

Podcast Season 6 Episode 0 - pilot


Title: Winter is Coming

In this pilot episode: Be gentle with us in this least-festive, festive edition. We discover the abandoned Linux Format Towers, half of the new team introduces itself and we attempt to cobble together our first pilot podcast. There's news on an experimental audio-transmitted virus, yet another Canonical controversy this time involving Mint, then finally everyone's favourite gaming platform Steam enters the distro world with its very own Steam OS.

Linux Format 179 is on sale


Issue 179, January - on sale now

The perfect Linux Install

Start the new year with a freshly installed Linux, configured just the way you want it!

We also look to the future of gaming on Linux and round up the best open source video editors around.

We talk to John Graham-Cumming, the open source developer and writer who successfully sent a petition to the UK government to apologise for the conviction against Alan Turing.

We also visit the OggCamp unconference and explain Tor, plus much more!

We've also got top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Ubuntu 13.10 - including 14 alternative desktop GUIs, OpenBSD 5.4. Plus hotpicks, code books and more.


Linux Format 178 is on sale


Issue 178, Christmas - on sale now

Fund your dreams

Got a great idea that needs to be turned into reality? You don't need a profit-minded VC to invest in your ideas. We show you how to raise money from people passionate about your project.

We also talk to Robert 'R0ml' Lefkowitz, the fascinating 'old skool' hacker.

Also in this issue we delve inside the Qt graphical toolkit, visit PyCon 2013 and show you how to create your own custom desktop.

We've also got top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.

On the DVD: Elementary OS Luna, Hotpicks, Pinguy OS 13.04 64-bit plus codebooks and more!


Did we forget? Linux Format 177 is on Sale - Mobile mashup


This month we turn our attention to open source mobile platforms. If you want to avoid the Google integration of Android, there's CyanogenMod, whilst Firefox OS and Sailfish can breathe new life into your aging handset.
Elsewhere we talk to Google's Director of Open Source, Chris DiBona, and quiz him on open source's impact on Google.
If you're after a glimpse of what the future holds, Les Pounder looks at the new initiative that's teaching the next generation of coders, whilst Graham gets his hands on the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition – Dell's new Ubuntu-powered Ultrabook.
We've also got top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format!
On the DVD: LXLE, OS/4 OpenLinux and Grml. Plus hotpicks, code books and more.

Linux Format is hiring

Join the Linux Format team and get paid to fiddle with Linux, Open Source software and generally prod zeros and ones all day. Ooh, let's not forget there's coffee, lots and lots of free coffee. We're looking to hire a Technical Expert to help write in-depth features, tutorials, reviews and keep TuxRadar crammed with interesting news, updates and interviews.

If you think you're up to the challenge find out more and apply through the Future Publishing YourFutureJob site now!

Podcast Season 5 Episode 17


Title: Like the legend of the phoenix

In this episode: The founder of Puppy Linux retires. SteamOS has been announced by Valve and CyanogenMod gets $7m in funding. Hear our eclectic discoveries, the sound of Tanner's brains and your own opinions in the Internet Famous Open Ballot.

Username:   Password: