Android App Pick: TuneIn Radio


Jon Roberts says:

I've always been a huge fan of radio, and since moving to Bath without a TV, the radio has become an even bigger part of my daily routine. While I'm quite content with what BBC analogue radio has to offer (the Torchwood radio series was really good, although I fear I already know too much about what's going on in Ambridge!) I was thrilled to stumble across TuneIn Radio, a free Android app that provides access to 50,000+ radio stations from around the world, via the internet.

Bonus: The Best Linux Games


Jon Roberts says:

I'm afraid I've been a little dopey - I completely forgot to ask what everyone's favourite games are! So whether you love the fast-paced, cartoon styled fun of Warsow or you're more of a Nethack fan, go ahead and let us know what your favourite games are in the comments.

The only rule is that they need to be native to Linux (although we know how great Wine and Dosbox are!).

The Best Linux Applications: Free for All


OK, it's the end of the week (in fact, it nearly came and went!) and time for our final pseudo category: free for all.

As the name suggests, anything goes. Maybe your favourite application didn't quite fit in the other categories. Or perhaps you just want to give your favourite application another vote just because it's so great. Or even, this would be really cool, you want to delve into more detail telling us how you use or what you use your favourite program for - we're always really interested to hear how people make use of all the amazing tools that Linux makes available.

The Best Linux Applications: Sys Admin & Development


This is the penultimate entry in our week long series of posts asking you to nominate your favourite Linux applications.

Today, we want to know what tools you use to create new software and ease the management of your systems. Puppet or Eucalyptus; Tripwire, Nessus or SELinux; Eclipse, Emacs or Vi? You tell us... so go ahead and get commenting.

The Best Linux Applications: Communications & The Web


This is the third in our week-long series in which we're asking you to nominate your favourite Linux applications.

Once again, your comments to yesterday's post made for excellent reading. We didn't have such high hopes for Office and Productivity applications, but your insights have shown us that Linux has a wealth of such applications available outside of LibreOffice/OpenOffice - many of which have already made it on to some of our systems!

The Best Linux Applications: Office & Productivity


This is the second in our week-long series in which we're asking you to nominate your favourite Linux applications.

Yesterday's post, covering multimedia applications, was a great success! Some wonderful suggestions were made in the comments, including a number of applications that we hadn't come across before but look excellent. Looks like we'll be working our internet connection extra hard in the coming weeks as we download and test everything we can.

The Best Linux Applications: Multimedia


In issue 148, we're going to be running a feature on the best Linux applications. While we've all sat around and talked about our favourites, we want to hear some of your suggestions as well. So, each day this week we'll put up a post asking for suggestions from a particular category.

Today's category is multimedia applications. This is a pretty broad one - photo organisers, audio and video editors, drum machines, podcatchers, synthesisers and most anything else related - so if you think it counts, it probably does!

TaskJuggler: a tutorial


TaskJuggler is a complete project management solution in that you can use it right from the planning stage through to project completion. It offers comprehensive reports and makes it easy to manage tasks, costs and resources. You can follow the exploits of each of the teams working on the project and determine instantly where you need to allocate more workers to make sure you stay on course. Want to learn how to use it? Then read on!

Reviewed: VueScan 8.6.10


Can it be true: is this really a piece of scanning software that can recognise your scanner first time? On Linux? Read on for our verdict on this commercial scanning program that provides an impressive amount of control over the picture-grabbing process...

Reviewed: 3.2


There's a new version of Linux's grandest office suite, but is it a major step forward or just another humdrum release with little to show? And most importantly, does it finally get the startup time down to an acceptable level? Read on for all the gory details...

Get the best Twitter app for Linux


If you thought microblogging using Twitter and Identica was as simple as tapping out 140 characters once a day describing what kind of food you just ate, you'd be wrong. In fact, there's a huge amount of functionality to help you follow and be followed online, and if you're a Linux user you're spoiled for choice.

So, we spent some time wading through the collection of available apps, put them all through their paces, and wrote up our results below - read on!

Try the Linux desktop of the future


For the tinkerers and testers, 2010 is shaping up to be a perfect year. Almost every desktop and application we can think of is going to have a major release, and while release dates and roadmaps always have to be taken with a pinch of salt, many of these projects have built technology and enhancements you can play with now. We've selected the few we think are worth keeping an eye on and that can be installed easily, but Linux is littered with applications that are evolving all the time, so we've also tried to guess what the next big things might be.

Take a trip with us on a voyage of discovery to find out exactly what's happening and how the Linux desktop experience is likely to evolve over the next 12 months...

Nine Linux projects in 90 minutes


Previously we gave you 7 Cool Linux Projects that anyone could do, but if you still have a few hours to kill and you've already watched the latest Maru videos on YouTube, we have the perfect follow-up article for you: read on to discover just how versatile Linux is by trying nine easy projects that should take no longer than the kettle does to boil - learn how to run your own wiki, encrypt files, blog from home, create your own network wormhole and more!

Emacs: a tutorial for beginners


We're all set to put our feet up and wait for Santa to deliver nice presents, but before we do that we have a present for you: an all-encompassing Emacs tutorial that takes you from getting started all the way through customisation and how to use it for different purposes. So, if you're looking for something to do to give you an excuse to avoid festivities around the Christmas tree, read on. And regardless of whether Emacs is your thing or not, we wish you a very merry Christmas and an awesome, Linux-flavoured new year!

The best Linux collection managers compared


Collecting things is human nature. The things we collect change over time, but the process never stops. It was cuts and bruises when you were seven, cards when you were a teen and, although no one will admit it, those sweet wrappers with the free tattoos made an appearance somewhere too.

That's where collection mangers come in. These days, most are equipped with a slick GUI that can pull information from the internet to help you with cataloguing your collection. Moreover, they'll often enable you to tag the items in your collections, search through your stuff and even export the information to another system.

Reviewed: Parallels Desktop 4 for Linux


After conquering the desktop virtualisation space on the Mac, Parallels has decided to take the fight to VMware with a client for Windows and Linux desktops. But unlike the bi-polar world of the Mac (with Parallels and VMware being the only options), Parallels faces a multi-pronged attack on Linux, from proprietary brethren like VMware's Workstation, and free-to-download options such as Sun's VirtualBox.

So, what does Parallels Desktop 4 for Linux (let's just call it PD4) have over the competition? Here's the low down...

From the archives: the best text editors of 2000


War. In our world, people get into conflicts about all sorts of matters, from religion and belief through to money and oil. And, in the Linux world, tensions can build up and overspill into flame wars on many subjects too. The most popular of these is text editors - yes, the KDE vs GNOME and GPL vs BSD arguments rage on, but the infamous combat between Emacs and Vi predates most arguments you'll see, and is just as heated today.

Nine years ago, Linux Format magazine printed a group test of the best text editors. We sent a red-shirted colleague down - deep below LXF Towers, way under the execute gym complex, far beneath Nick Veitch's cave, and down on into the archives - where we dug up that group test just for you. So, if you've already read the best distros of 2000 and the best window managers of 2000, read on for more historical Linux goodness...

Reviewed: Scribus 1.3.5


We've reviewed Scribus a number of times in the past and even included a feature made using the tool in one of the back issues of Linux Format magazine. However, each revisit tends to throw up the same old problems: Scribus's lack of reliability and poor interface. Thankfully, after two years of solid development, these woes have been banished. Well, mostly - read on to find out what's changed...

Get started with HomeBank


With HomeBank you can automate recurring transactions, set reminders for future transactions, assess your future account balance so you can plan your spending sprees and manage your expenses expertly. You see, we work hard for our pay cheques - well, some of us work harder than others - and we spend money on groceries, utilities and, ahem, fun Fridays. But keeping track of what's coming in, when the bills are due and how much is left after the recurring monthly expenses is not something that many of us make the effort to do. It's time-consuming and boring and there's always that episode of 24 that you'd rather be watching.

If you take the time to master some good home accounts software - such as HomeBank or one of the other great apps we featured in our home finance software group test - you'll find these accounting chores much less painful. Read on!

LyX made easy


Regular readers will no doubt remember our LaTeX made easy tutorial on the Latex typesetting application. But although Latex is a hugely powerful piece of software, getting to grips with it can be a real headache if you'd rather just sit down and get to work.

Luckily, that's where Lyx comes in: if Latex has a steep learning curve, Lyx is the cable car that whisks you two thirds of the way up the mountain so you can enjoy the views without having to break a sweat. And just as web editors can create websites without you needing to know HTML, Lyx is able to prepare documents for typesetting without getting too involved in all the intricacies of Latex.

If you enjoyed our other Made Easy tutorials, try this one for size!

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