Open Ballot: Que sera sera

Gnome

Twenty two years and one day ago, an ambitious young Finn posted this on the comp.os.minix mailing list newsgroup:

Hello everybody out there using minix -

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

Linux Format 175 On Sale Today - Next Generation Sysadmin

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The world of the system administrator is changing. You can spin up new virtual machines and create RAID arrays with just a couple of commands, pull the strings of multiple server systems with Puppet, use NoSQL to boost your earnings potential and much, much more. And when you`ve done all that you can peek into the world of Arch Linux, find out what it takes to organise your own OSCON/OggCamp-like conference, and get the inside track on how open source is being put to good use at Jolla, the successor to the Meego mobile operating system. All this, plus reviews, tutorials, Answers, HotPicks and more await in your latest Linux Format!

On the DVD: Fedora 19, Tails, and Knoppix. Plus tutorial code, answers, hotpicks and the latest TuxRadar podcasts.

Podcast Season 5 Episode 14

Podcast

Title: Daft Punk

In this episode: Tor (plus a Firefox vulnerability) has been compromised. Canonical's Ubuntu Edge compaign has some way to go (but they've just added a lower priced tier). And Jean-Baptiste Quéru is leaving the Android Open Source Project. We've got some great discoveries, Ben succeeds brilliantly in our challenge, and there's an awesome Open Ballot too.

Open Ballot: Is the internet dead?

Networking

The NSA, GCHQ, Frenchelon and their counterparts in other countries are spying on every detail of our online lives. Even the once-private lands of Tor are no longer safe. Here in the UK, David Cameron wants our ISPs to start filtering our web content to protect our innocent minds.

The internet once stood as a haven for free speech, but it increasingly seems like it's being taken over by marketing companies and governments. Our question to you this week is: Has this killed the spirit of the internet?

General ignorance

LXF

Lo, it was decreed that there should be a woman on the £10 note, and the search for a suitable woman began. And so it was that, from the Venn diagram of people who are awesome and people who are women, there was plucked Jane Austen.

Podcast Season 5 Episode 13

Podcast

Title: Edgy Ubuntu

In this episode: Canonical attempts to crowdfund its own cutting-edge smartphone and Linus Torvalds gets into an argument on the kernel mailing list. We also have some nice discoveries, a couple of great Brains submissions and the ever-awesome Open Ballot.

Quick! A year's subscriptions to Linux Format is currently insanely cheap on Google Play (£13.99 for the year).

Open Ballot: Living on the Edge

Podcast

Those of you that live under rocks in remote corners of the globe may not have heard about the Ubuntu Edge, but the rest of you will probably be pretty familiar with it. The distro maker are trying to use crowdfunding to create an Ubuntu smartphone: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge. The phone sounds impressive with a whopping 4Gb of RAM and 128Gb of storage as well as a top notch screen and CPU.

Review: Gratuitous Space Battles

Games



If you’re like me, you sometimes end up pondering difficult questions in the pub like: why aren’t there enough space games where giant starship fleets get to pound the crap out of each other with futuristic weaponry? Fortunately, Cliff "Cliffski" Harris telepathically heard your (and my) cries and created Gratuitous Space Battles.

Dear Edward Snowden

LXF
We thought you might be getting a little bored while you're stuck in the airport, so we sent you some reading material. We don't know if you like Linux, but given your technical background, we hope it'll be of interest. It's just a tiny indication of our gratitude.

Thank you for your services to mankind, and hopefully you'll be able to travel freely soon.

All the best,

The Linux Format team

Linux Format 174 On Sale Today - Upgrade your desktop

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We asked in the latest TuxRadar podcast for the reasons that you change distro. The most frequent one was the choice of desktop. But you don't have to ditch your whole distro in order to get a new user interface: you can follow our Technical Editor Ben's advice and find the desktop that's right for you, so you end up bossing your Linux machine around rather than it controlling you

Elsewhere in the magazine we've more desktoppery, as we follow Linux Torvalds' advice and tweak Gnome with a tool called Gnome-Tweak-Tool, and the Unity/KDE 4/Gnome 3 debate rumbles on in the letters pages. Back in the world of Real Work, we manage multiple machines with Puppet, get a better filesystem with btrfs and learn how to buy Aeroflot tickets to Caracas without anyone finding out, with our roundup of the finest anonymising distros known to man.

All that, plus reviews (Snow Linux. Noobs, the Mirabox, er, Prison Architect), news and other essential free software information, delivered on 100% recycled electrons or 100% chlorine-free paper.

On the DVD: Mint Mega Mix (64-bit), Bodhi, Siduction, Snowlinux, Gnome Tweak Tool, Hotpicks, books, and more.

Interview: Eben Upton

Interviews
Eben Upton (the one in the blue shirt), founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medalist and all-round awesome dude.

Eben Upton (the one in the blue shirt), founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medalist and all-round awesome dude.

A few months ago, armed with your responses from one of our podcast’s Open Ballot questions, we visited the Cambridge HQ of the Raspberry Pi Foundation to quiz its founder about hardware upgrades, education and what success has meant for the project. The result was an epic 7,000 word interview, the first half of which we published in Linux Format issue 173. But as we didn’t have enough space in the magazine, we thought we’d put the interview online in it’s entirety. And here it is!

Monitors in search of a good home!

Events

Our parent company (Future Publishing) is disposing of around 25 17 inch monitors in a computer upgrade. We've managed to intercept them before they get scrapped and are offering them free of charge to schools and youth groups in the Bath / Bristol area.

These would be great for fitting out a Raspberry Pi lab. Actually, they're almost great. The monitors in question only have VGA and DVI input, so a HDMI to DVI converter would be needed before you can plug in a Pi, but these are available for a couple of quid from Amazon and elsewhere.

Podcast Season 5 Episode 12

Podcast

Title: The Sound of Music

In this episode: Cryptocat breaks. LXDE moves to Qt. Firefox phones are now available. Lubuntu and Kubuntu aren't going to Mir. Fedora 19 is out and Samsung is sponsoring a $4m developer challenge. We've got discoveries, an Open Ballot, and a rather surreal music listening section.

Open Ballot: Distro hopping

Distros

Distros are funny things. We love some, we love to hate others and we're pretty ambivalent about a few. However, underneath they're based on basically the same code base. Most distros have a similar choice of desktop environments and the same applications, so they should all be pretty similar right? What we want to know this fortnight is: what causes you to leave a distro and install a new flavour of Linux?

Inside the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Community

Inside the EFF

Mike Saunders investigates how the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is protecting us from dodgy megacorps and surveillance-happy governments.

Our freedom to share information, speak our minds, come up with new ideas and keep our lives private is being threatened. Governments are continually seeking new ways to monitor what we’re doing, while big businesses are constantly trying to lock us into their products. Bit by bit, our freedoms are being eroded.

Podcast Season 5 Episode 11

Podcast

Title: Hong Kong Phooey

In this episode: Where in the world is Edward Snowdon? Richard Stallman is now internet famous. Adobe and Citrix open source their stuff. Canonical's Ubuntu Phone now has its own club. Eben Upton gets a Silver Medal and the Ouya games console is available now. Hear our discoveries, the sound of people's brains, and your own mindvoices in the Open Ballot.

Open Ballot: Desktop Wars

Stuff

It's a really simple open ballot this fortnight: What's your favorite desktop environment for Linux? Are you using the latest Gnome 3 or a kustomised KDE? Do you like desktop bling or a black and white CLI? Do you use a mainstream choice or an esoteric option? Let us know your thoughts and we'll read them out in our upcoming podcast.

Linux Format 173 On Sale Today - Escape Google!

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Create your own cloud, migrate to your own email system, maybe even build your own social network: a lot of us have been thinking about doing it for a while, but we've lacked the incentive to make the effort for relatively little gain.

Well, we now have all the incentive we need, as it becomes clearer every day that our 'private' information is a commodity for sale like everything else. Follow our guide to online freedom and you'll never be sold to advertisers (or the NSA, or GCHQ) ever again.

On a lighter note, we hear from Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton about his plans for the future, learn about the sterling work of electronic freedom fighters the EFF and take a peek into the murky world of KDE development. There's also brain fodder in the shape of Lisp, MariaDB , Ruby On Rails, Cuda, Raspberry Pi and LibreOffice tutorials, along with the healthy dose of insight, love and passion that characterises Linux Format.

On the DVD: Debian 7, Mageia 3 and Sabayon. Plus: Tutorial code, answers, a complete copy of Linux Format issue 64, and more.

Beat the CIA

Security

Beat the CIA

The World Wide Web is the greatest system for sharing information ever created – but how do you stop it sharing too much? Ben Everard investigates.

You’re not paranoid – they really are watching you. Criminals, web companies and governments all have a reason to spy on your online life, and the methods that they use are becoming increasingly sophisticated. 2011 was the most dangerous year to be an online citizen, particularly if you happened not to agree with everything your government said.

Podcast Season 5 Episode 10

Podcast

Title: PRISM schism

In this episode: It looks like Rockwell was right - somebody was watching him (and us). There's a great new Raspberry Pi installer called NOOBS and the President of the US promises action against patent trolls. Ubuntu's 'bug one' has been fixed and the EFF objects to DRM in HTML 5. As ever, hear our discoveries and your opinions in this epic length podcast.

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